(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 5 | View All Season 5 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: January 13, 2012
Michon's Restaurant Address: 161 Peachtree Center Ave Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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I have to admit, I watch Gordan Ramsay for one real reason: the flip outs. I mean, who isn’t entertained when Ramsay goes on one of his famous profanity-laced tirades? I have to say that I even I was taken aback when Ramsay had to leave the Kitchen in the episode at Michon’s Kitchen at a loss for words.
That does not happen often.
A little backstory, Michon’s is a smoke house twenty minutes from Downtown Atlanta in College Park Georgia. This restaurant was opened back in 2002 by Al and Gaye Wilson. They named the smokehouse after their daughter, Natalie Michon. The restaurant ran smoothly for years under Al.
Fast forward to today and we have a Al Wilson forced to stay home after an operation to save a collapsed lung. Of course, when the cats away, the mice will play, and the kitchen collapses under mismanagement. Heck, we have cooks serving microwaved food and prepared items to increasingly angry customers.
Wouldn’t you be mad if you paid big bucks for microwaved food?
Concerned that his restaurant is now over $200,000 in debt, he installs cameras to view the action. Appalled is the word to describe their reaction, even I was upset for the Wilson’s. They feel that all is lost unless something drastic happens.
That something is Gordan Ramsay.
Ramsay meets with the Wilsons where Al makes it clear that he wants to retire and if his daughter steps up her game, she can manage the restaurant. The question is can she handle it?
Next stop, the restaurant. It starts out promising with Gordan being impressed with the decor. Unfortunately, it goes downhill fast from there. Shock is an understatement when the chef doesn’t want to serve potato salad since peeling potatoes is beneath him.
He tries the Chicken wing brought to him just to discover some decent sauce covering a day old microwaved wing. I have to point out that I almost lost my lunch watching that part. It gets worse with rotten tomatoes and cornbread that could double as sandpaper.
Here is where it gets interesting. Ramsay goes to the back to talk to the head chef, only to find out that out of the three chefs, no one is in charge. When they admit that nearly his whole meal was microwaved, he, the great Gordan, master of the art of profanity, is speechless.
He walks out.
But Gordan has a plan. The real problem is a simple fact that there is no leadership. Without Natalie stepping up to the plate or a head chef, the Michon is sinking fast. So they pick a head chef, and a teary-eyed Natalie states she is ready to take over.
After a new menu and other changes occur, they are prepared to relaunch the all new Michon’s. Gordon surprises them with a visit from some of the biggest names in the BBQ game. Overwhelmed with the new menu, it is almost game over. However, Natalie steps up, and while she gives a tour, Ramsay helps to regroup the chefs.
Disaster averted, Natalie shows that she can lead Michon’s to a new level of excellence.
Michon's Restaurant Update - What Happened Next?
The Michon’s episode of Kitchen Nightmares originally aired in January, 2012. Soon after, in March 2012, they opened a second location in downtown Atlanta. 8 days later, disaster struck and an electrical fire burned the restaurant down.
The original location struggled on for a bit before eventually closing in what looks like 2015. That’s the last date that their Facebook page had an update. All the other news about the restaurant seems to stop around late 2014.
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Last updated: 2017-03-15 09:57