Mill Street Bistro Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?

Is Mill Street Bistro still open?

Current Status: >> CLOSED <<
(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 Kitchen Nightmares

Episode Recap

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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25 thoughts on “Mill Street Bistro Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?”

  1. Heard he settled with Ramsey over missing meat, a pot and damaged ceiling. Funny people there who worked with him said Joe damaged a couple ceiling and walls on purpose and took a couple boxes of meat and a few pots to blame Ramsey so Joe would look good. Good cover up to try to make yourself look good Joe after an ass you made on TV. LOL

  2. Chef Ramsay definitely does NOT need to steal! These people ask for his help and then whine and complain because Chef tells it like it is! If you can’t handle the kitchen get the eff out! Joe’s restaurant failed because he had a dream and jumped into action not knowing wtf he was doing!

    • Ramsay doesn’t have to steal but there are a lot of production crew running around and all groups of people can have a bad apple in them. It is possible that someone grabbed some exotic meat along the way. Possible, but not accusing.

  3. Joe was a pitiful figure trying to prove he lived “excellence” when it was clear his sub par efforts could never produce anything good. I felt sorry for him in a way because it was clear his big visions would never become reality because he himself was the block. Only Skinny liked or believed in him by 15” into the first episode. Gordon’s efforts were doomed from the moment he had the nerve to insult Joe by asking him to take “micro” veggies back to the kitchen. How dare he expect Joe to do something so menial!! Lol! My hubby and I had a bakery. There was NOTHING too menial for either one of us! When you own the place every detail is vital. Pride went before, after, and all through that man’s efforts but it was false pride. Failure was inevitable.

  4. Well if anyone know Norwalk, ohio then they know that an upscale restaurant is doomed to fail. A good sports pub style place or family restaurant is what succeeds in this town.

    • Just watched it a few times over! The only 10 I saw was Joe’s asinine delusional mind! How dare he think that My Favorite Chef Gordon Ramsey is going to come into his menial kitchen and start cooking-(working) for him! Oh my God! Norwalk is a very quaint town. I have visited a few times over the years, and I enjoyed the old town feel!

      • Absolutely agree!! And not way Gordon Ramsay will steal or damage. Seriously?!? I was discussed and shocked to watch this frustrating episode of kitchen nightmares! I’ve had the enormous pleasure of knowing /working ( briefly) with this guy at Oxford University UK few years back and he is no way near the word ” jerk” as so called’ ‘ Nagy’ ‘ the’ ‘ best chef’ ‘ lol

  5. Chef Ramsey is awesome. He knows his stuff and is if not one of the best chefs in the world.

    Joe is just a dip shit, so sad that all his employees lost their jobs when things closed simply because Joe wouldn’t listen. L

    Its also sad that joe sued and won. How in the world does our justice system not see through that BS. This is in part why people like Joe continue with their BS stealing raping pillaging and belittling people.
    Joe is a fake!!

    • Joe didn’t really “win”. They settled out of court for a little over 1100.00 U.S.Dollars. How petty Joe was. Glad he failed. Had a boss like him in the office. Nothing ever his fault, everyone was against him, etc etc. But just let HIM tell you how great he is. Phew Boy. He was SO awesome in his mind. And Joe reminded me of my boss. Totally trying to gaslight Gordon by denying he said things. I went through that for 2 1/2 years with my boss. Quit. UGH

  6. Nicely said, in Robin’s November 14th 2017 comment reply on Joe Nagy! Yes Robin I agree completely so, Pride is a real killer & his outrageously poor attitude problems definitely were abrasive as overbearing! The sad part of this entire process his wounderful restaurant, crew & staff suffered! Next is degrees of communication but Joe Nagy didn’t seemingly lack for this because the man could talk, talk, talk, & talk & talk! Chief Rammsey is the best in the Biz !

  7. He deserves to be closed & any future businesses he opens or runs deserve to be DOA. Such a lying arrogant delusional self centered human being.

  8. Makes me burst into song:
    Joe, Joe you had to close your door
    Coz we couldn’t eat your crap any more
    You said were taught by “the finest”
    But your cooking is poor compared to the rest!

  9. I can’t believe Joe accused Chef Ramsay of stealing Joe is a joke are rude employer he don’t need to run a business

    • Yeah that’s the new restaurant that’s in the old Mill Street Bistro Norwalk building. I’ll add it to the update this weekend.

      Thanks for sharing!

  10. Joe makes Sebastian De Modica (Sebastian’s, Season 1) look like a culinary genius. Joe, IMHO, is a narcissist and egomaniac who has no business whatsoever running a restaurant. He’s lucky he didn’t get inundated with lawsuits claiming fraud – farm to table my rear end. How did he ever think he was going to get away with that without Chef Ramsay finding out? Absolutely unbelievable. I hope his staff survived and are now doing well – they looked like good people who deserved better than to work for that jackass.


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