Mike and Nellie’s Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?

Is Mike & Nellie’s Steakhouse still open?

Current Status: >> CLOSED <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: 5 | View All Season 5 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: October 7, 2011
Mike & Nellie’s Steakhouse Address: 1801 Hwy 35 N Oakhurst, New Jersey 07755

Episode Recap

Mike and Nellie’s Steakhouse was an Oakhurst, New Jersey restaurant featured on season 5 of Kitchen Nightmares. The episode was filmed in July 2011 and aired in October 2011 as episode 5 of season 3.

This episode of Kitchen Nightmares revolves around a family-run restaurant- Mike And Nellie’s in the small town of Oakhurst in New Jersey.

This restaurant was started in the year 1996 by Nellie Farber and his son Mike.

Nellie used to be the front man, attending the restaurant and the diners, while Mike was the chef.

Nellie’s daughter, Lexi, also worked at the restaurant.

Things were going pretty well until Nellie passed away.

Mike was at a personal loss and was also overwhelmed with responsibilities on all fronts. He was overworking himself and refused to accept help. It was his two daughters who asked for help from Chef Gordon Ramsay.

Right from the moment Chef Ramsay walks into the restaurant, he finds it in deplorable condition.

There was a certain stinky smell around it, the carpet was filthy, in short, the ambiance was awful.

He went ahead and ordered lunch – Linguini with shrimp sauce, Chicken Murphy, and Steak Nellie.

He found each of them equally gross. The shrimp sauce was bland, the chicken was overcooked while the steak was totally charred.

Chef Ramsay returned at night to help them out at the kitchen end. He found that Mike was the only one cooking. Mike didn’t trust anyone else with the cooking.

Even though he was pretty fast, he had to pay a price for it. The food quality was horrible with constant complaints from the customers. And yet another problem was Mike’s drinking habit. A few hours into the evening and he starts drinking and simply loses control. The night fails horribly.

It was then that Chef Ramsay confronts Mike. Mike admits that things are not going well and that he has a lot on his mind. He admits that he hasn’t quite accepted Nellie’s death and that is why he resorts to drinking.

Next morning, Mike’s daughters speak to him and make him realize that he needs to let go certain things and accept Chef Ramsay’s help. And Mike agrees to do so.

And thus begins the makeover.

Ramsay finds the kitchen in a mess. The fridge is way too unclean with stale food stored for days. The first thing the staff does – they mop and clean up the kitchen. Next, Chef Ramsay teaches Mike a steak preparation with slight changes which they all love.

Next, the restaurant needed a revamp. The smelly carpet was replaced with a new one, the old décor was changed to a modern look, new chairs and a new sign board were brought in– the place looked gorgeous. But above all, a brand new flavorful menu was introduced.

Everybody, including Mike and Lexi, was excited about the relaunch.

It was decided that Dan (Mike’s cousin) would take up a bit of responsibility of managing the kitchen and things started off smoothly on the relaunch night.

The customers loved the food, Dan was in control of the kitchen, everyone was working together as a team. But Mike again started interfering with Dan’s job. With a slight reminder, things were back on track again. That night was successful.

Mike was inspired enough by Chef Ramsay by then. Mike and his daughters really appreciated his help.

Mike & Nellie’s Steakhouse Update - What Happened Next?

The business boomed in the coming weeks. The new menu was a total hit among the diners, they loved it. Dan was totally dedicated to his job. And as for Mike, he was slowly embracing the change.

The restaurant did work for a while but was shut down in a few years in January 2012.

The restaurant is closed for the last five years. And the family now runs a private catering business, Blue Basil Catering Company with Mike as the main chef. The company caters for house parties, corporate events, and aviation catering.

So if you’d like to check out more of Mike’s cooking, give Blue Basil Catering Company a look.

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8 thoughts on “Mike and Nellie’s Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear that Mike and Nellies Steakhouse has closed. I watched the Kitchen Nightmares episode and I thought the family and the employees were really nice people. The backstory was heartbreaking. I hope the family and employees are doing well!

  2. Mike dated my aunt for a while. She got pregnant a mike open a bottle of wine to celebrate. It was the finest Moscato as you would assume a man like Mike would drink. We partied hard for days a we italions do. Mike if your out there, take care of your son. Best wishes, Donna Jonna.


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