(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: March 1, 2013
Mill Street Bistro Address: 21 Mill St, Norwalk, Ohio 44857
Mill Street Bistro was a Norwalk, Ohio restaurant featured on Season 6 of Kitchen Nightmares.
Though the Mill Street Bistro Kitchen Nightmares episode aired on TV in March 2013, the actual visit from Gordon Ramsay happened almost 9 months earlier in mid-2012.
It was Season 6 Episode 10 and 11 (a two-part episode).
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.
Gordon Ramsay even called it “one of the most frustrating episodes of Kitchen Nightmares ever”.
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 Nagy’s claims didn’t always match with reality.
For example, Joe Nagy claimed that the food is always fresh and made from scratch.
However, during the episode, 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 – was the Mill Street Bistro Kitchen Nightmares episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if it’s open or closed in 2023 and beyond.
Mill Street Bistro Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Mill Street Bistro Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about what happened to the restaurant after Gordon Ramsay and his crew left Norwalk, Ohio.
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.
However, according to Yelp, things had not gotten any better with the relaunch and the reviews were still very poor.
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 the Mill Street Bistro Ohio restaurant was sold for $140,000 according to the Norwalk Reflector.
However, Zillow says that the sale didn’t go through until January 2019, so I’m not sure about the exact date of the property sale.
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.
As of 2023, the old Mill Street Bistro Norwalk, Ohio location is occupied by a new steakhouse restaurant named The Press Box.
However, reviews for the new restaurant don’t seem that good as it only has a 3.5 star rating on Yelp and a 3.9 star rating on Google Reviews.
If you want to learn more about the new restaurant, you can check out the Press Box website.
And then here’s what the old Mill Street Bistro Ohio location looks like in the most recent picture from Google Maps street view:
Why did Mill Street Bistro close?
Mill Street Bistro seems to have closed because of poor reviews and bad business.
It had already tried renaming itself to Maple City Tavern, but that wasn’t enough to salvage the restaurant’s poor reputation.
Honestly, if you watched the episode, I don’t think you should have any doubts about why Mill Street Bistro closed.
What happened with the Mill Street Bistro Kitchen Nightmares lawsuit?
In a fun bit of trivia, there was also a Mill Street Bistro lawsuit…because of course there was!
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.
This is just about the pettiest thing I’ve ever heard haha. But good for Joe Nagy on getting his just dues, I guess.
Sadly, the Mill Street Bistro Kitchen Nightmares lawsuit was not the only lawsuit that the show had to deal with.
Oceana Grill in New Orleans from Season 4 also sued the Kitchen Nightmares producers – twice!
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.
You can see a Reddit thread from Real-EstateNovelist, which includes a picture of them meeting Joe Nagy.
There’s also a parody Facebook page called The Joe Nagy’s Bistro, but I don’t believe this is a real page unless Joe’s cooking has really fallen off haha.
Is Joe Nagy from Mill Street Bistro dead?
No, Joe Nagy from Mill Street Bistro is not dead. I’m not sure why people think this, but people seem to search it a lot.
He’s been seen around in the last few years and there’s no obituary indicating that anything has changed.
I think he just keeps a somewhat low profile because of the infamy from the Kitchen Nightmares Mill Street Bistro episode.
Final Thoughts on Mill Street Bistro
The Mill Street Bistro episode was one of the craziest episodes from Kitchen Nightmares.
As you’d expect, Mill Street Bistro ended up closing just a few years after the visit from Gordon Ramsay.
I don’t think there’s anything Gordon Ramsay could have done here with an owner like Joe Nagy.
But at least he didn’t have to walk out on the restaurant like he did to Amy’s Baking Company.
Joe Nagy originally rebranded the restaurant to Maple City Tavern, but it closed just a couple years later.
As of 2023, the old Mill Street Bistro Norwalk Ohio location is occupied by a new restaurant named The Press Box.
Joe Nagy seems to still be active in the food space, as he’s been recently sighted at a food festival.
While Mill Street Bistro was the only Kitchen Nightmares Ohio episode, Gordon Ramsay did visit some other nearby restaurants.
If you want to see updates for other nearby restaurants from Kitchen Nightmares, you can also check out these posts:
- Jack’s Waterfront update (Saint Clair Shores, Michigan)
- Giuseppi’s Trattoria update (Macomb Township, Michigan)
- Levanti’s American Bistro update (Beaver, Pennsylvania)
- Ms. Jean’s Southern Cuisine update (Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania)
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Last updated: 2023-01-15 05:56