(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 6 | View All Season 6 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 1, 2013
Mill Street Bistro Address: 21 Mill St, Norwalk, Ohio 44857
Mill Street Bistro was so explosive that it earned a coveted two-part Kitchen Nightmares.
It’s definitely one of the most iconic Kitchen Nightmares episodes because of the conflict between Gordon Ramsay and Joe Nagy of Mill Street Bistro.
The Mill Street Bistro Kitchen Nightmares episodes originally aired in Season 6 of Kitchen Nightmares, with back-to-back airings in March 2013.
In the episode, things started off on a good foot with proprietor Joe Nagy showing Gordon around his farm.
Mill Street Bistro was supposed to be a high-quality, farm to table restaurant. But, as Gordon would soon discover, Joe’s claims didn’t always match with reality.
For example, Joe claimed that the food is always fresh and made from scratch, but Chef Tom of Mill Street Bistro admitted to Gordon that the food is actually frozen and comes from the freezer to the table – not exactly farm to table, right?
What’s more, the restaurant’s servers, Rebecca and Amy, aren’t happy about the way Joe treats them and they aren’t very proud of the food that they’re serving.
Despite all of these issues, Joe is pretty much oblivious and keeps believing that his restaurant is a kitchen paradise instead of a kitchen nightmare.
Joe is also just generally delusional. For example, he thinks he’s a trained chef who was trained by the European masters, but he’s pretty mediocre in terms of cooking quality.
One thing that Gordon really can’t wrap is head around is how expensive all of the food is given its low quality.
When Gordon was testing the food, he was just generally unhappy with the quality and kept sending a lot of dishes back, such as the rubbery scallops and raw pastry.
Gordon also just doesn’t understand why there’s such a thing as an elk quesadilla. Who the heck puts elk in a quesadilla, right?
The food is so bad that Gordon eventually leaves Mill Street Bistro to go eat at another restaurant.
This is where things start getting really bad between Gordon Ramsay and Joe Nagy. They really start letting each other have it and Joe refuses to admit that there are any problems.
To get a better idea of what’s happening, Gordon connects with Theresa, a former employee who quit over her frustrations.
She had a pretty much endless list of tasks along with just generally being Joe’s blame victim whenever something went wrong.
She showed Gordon pictures of old and frozen food that she believes wasn’t good enough to be served by the restaurant.
On part two of the Mill Street Bistro Kitchen Nightmares episode, Gordon has a meeting with the staff while Joe Nagy observes from another room on the security camera.
As you’d expect, the staff have some definite issues with Joe and his management style. They were confident to be open about their issues because they didn’t know that Joe was watching (Gordon is being a bit sneaky here!).
When the staff find out that Joe has been listening in, they’re initially scared, but they eventually come around when Joe seems legitimately apologetic.
Gordon brings in truly fresh ingredients and the staff love how the dishes taste.
They do a new tasting test and people like the food, though the service time started to slow down which was causing some issues.
In the end, Gordon doesn’t bother to do a remodel of the Mill Street Bistro restaurant because the interior was fine.
What he did do is give them a new menu and processes, along with trying to soften Joe Nagy and make him a better owner.
With plenty of fireworks, this was one of my favorite Kitchen Nightmares episodes ever.
So – did Gordon’s updates change the fortunes of Mill Street Bistro? Let’s find out!
Mill Street Bistro Update - What Happened Next?
After Gordon left, Mill Street Bistro continued its poor run.
Though they kept most of the menu, there was a huge staff turnover.
Three wait staff members, Jen, Kayleigh, and Rebecca left the restaurant, as well as Chef Tommy.
That meant Joe Nagy jumped back into the head chef position. As Gordon told us, not a great sign.
At the end of 2013, Joe renamed the restaurant to Maple City Tavern. According to Yelp, things had not gotten any better with the relaunch. The restaurant closed less than two years later in June, 2015. As of now, both Mill Street Bistro and Maple City Tavern are dead.
In 2016, the building that used to house Mill Street Bistro was sold for $140,000 according to the Norwalk Reflector.
In a fun bit of trivia, there was also a lawsuit over this episode. Joe Nagy of Mill Street Bistro sued Gordon Ramsay’s production company for missing items and damages to the restaurant.
In Jan. 2014, the lawsuit was settled, with Gordon’s production team paying £900 to Joe for items which went “missing” after filming.
What happened to Joe Nagy from Kitchen Nightmares?
Because of how explosive this episode of Kitchen Nightmares was, a lot of people are wondering what happened to Joe Nagy after the episode. It’s hard to tell because he doesn’t have a big internet presence, but someone did post about meeting Joe Nagy at a food festival in 2018, so he seems to still be cooking and working in the food industry.
There’s also a parody Facebook page called The Joe Nagy’s Bistro, but we don’t believe this is a real page unless Joe’s cooking has really fallen off haha.
Is Mill Street Bistro still open after Kitchen Nightmares?
No, Mill Street Bistro is not open anymore. Mill Street Bistro was renamed to Maple City Tavern in 2013 and then eventually closed for good in 2015. In 2016, the owner, Joe Nagy, sold the old Mill Street Bistro location for $140,000 to end things for good.
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Last updated: 2021-12-23 09:18