(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 5 | View All Season 5 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: September 30, 2011
Leone's Address: 19 S Park St Montclair, NJ 07042
Leone’s is a Montclair, New Jersey restaurant featured on season 5 of Kitchen Nightmares.
The episode was filmed back in July 2011 but didn’t air until September 2011. It was episode 2 of season 5.
In this episode of Kitchen Nightmares, Chef Gordon Ramsay takes us to Leone’s in Montclair, New Jersey.
Originally owned by Rose Leone (Rosemary), who unfortunately fell into a coma three years before Gordon’s visit due to complications from a kidney stone operation.
In the Leone’s Kitchen Nightmares episode, Leone’s is now being operated by Michael, who walks around watching football all day and leaving all the work to be handled by head-waitress Trudy.
Michael had no experience running a restaurant and the restaurant has lost a lot of money since he has taken charge.
When Rose awoke from her coma she was disheartened to find her restaurant in shambles.
When Gordon arrived he was greeted with the view of Michael, who was sitting down and watching T.V. while everyone else was working.
Gordon sits down with Michael and Rose and asks Rose what she thinks the main problem with the restaurant is, Rose then looks at Michael, then back at Gordon, and states that everything is wrong with the restaurant.
Gordon is then introduced to the staff and meets Judy who claims that no one is leading the restaurant.
When Gordon asks about the finances he is shocked to discover that the restaurant is losing around $16,000 per month (approximately $4,000 per week).
Gordon sits down to order and decides to order one of everything from an absolutely massive menu that contains 100 items.
How the heck is a chef supposed to be able to cook over 100 different dishes? Even Gordon might struggle with that.
When the food arrives he cannot tell some of the dishes apart and states that the items look poor.
When Gordon samples the dishes he discovers that most of the dishes are bland or have too much garlic, stating that the fish dishes were the worst.
Gordon leaves unhappy and returns later that night to observe the dinner service.
Upon observation, Gordon sees that the diners are unhappy with their food and dishes are being sent back at a consistent rate.
Gordon also notices that the chefs are not properly trained and the kitchen is filthy.
Gordon decides to tour the walk-in and freezer and notes that both are disgusting, discovering rotten food, cross contamination, and improperly stored meat and seafood.
Some of the foods have been in there for so long that the chefs can’t distinguish what the food is.
Gordon then shuts the kitchen down and orders the staff to deep clean the kitchen.
The next day Gordon trains Michael in the kitchen to improve his cooking skills, hoping that this will help Michael have control of the kitchen and recognize when something is wrong.
The food Gordon and Michael cook together tastes amazing.
Overnight, Gordon and his team transform Leone’s by modernizing the dining room and installing a new POS system for the servers to place their orders.
Gordon also changes the menu by removing half the items and adding freshly cooked, Italian dishes.
The staff samples the new menu items and everyone loves each dish.
The night of relaunch Michael is off to a good start as he ensures the quality of the dishes leaving the kitchen and the customers are happy.
Besides a minor hiccup of Michael sending out a table’s food twice, the night was an absolute success.
Rose Leone was also proud to see how Michael was handling the restaurant, which is a great turnaround for him.
Leone's Update - What Happened Next?
So – is Leone’s from Kitchen Nightmares still open?
Yes! As of 2022, Leone’s is still open and happily serving customers. That means it’s survived over ten years from Gordon’s visit, which is something most other Kitchen Nightmares restaurants haven’t been able to accomplish.
We want to offer congratulations to Michael and the whole Leone’s restaurant team.
With that being said, the Yelp reviews aren’t especially impressive – it only has a 3.5 star rating on over 330 reviews. However, the Google Reviews are much better as Leone’s has a 4.2 star rating there.
If you’re in Montclair, New Jersey and you want to visit Leone’s, you can learn more and see the menu on the restaurant’s website.
Did Gordon Ramsay re-visit Leone’s restaurant?
Yes, Gordon Ramsay did pay another visit to Leone’s in one of the Kitchen Nightmares revisited episodes (season 6, episode 6, which aired on December 14, 2012).
Gordon was happy to see the restaurant still open, but he was disappointed to hear from the staff that Michael wasn’t spending as much time managing the Leone’s restaurant.
Still, Gordon thought that Leone’s did a great job with the food and, after talking with Michael, Michael promised to continue being a better leader and focusing on the restaurant.
Who owns Leone’s in Montclair, New Jersey?
As of 2021, Leone’s is still owned by Michael Restaino, who was the original owner when Gordon Ramsey visited the restaurant in the Leone’s Kitchen Nightmares episode back in 2011.
What happened to Rosemary Leone?
Rosemary Leone originally opened Leone’s back in 1996 before passing control to Michael Restaino.
Unfortunately, Rose passed away in 2014, a few years after the episode aired. Rest in peace, Rose.
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Last updated: 2022-10-08 08:15