(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 6 | View All Season 6 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: February 22, 2013
Nino's Italian Restaurant Address: 3853 Atlantic Ave Long Beach, CA 90807
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Nino’s Italian Restaurant was a restaurant in Long Beach, California featured in season six of Kitchen Nightmares. The restaurant was originally opened all the way back in 1958 by two immigrants, Inge and Vincenzo Cristiano. After that, the couple’s children helped to run the restaurant as employees – Carina, Michael, and Nino.
Eventually, Nino took over the restaurant as his father had some health difficulties, which started the slide for Nino’s and led to them calling in Gordon Ramsey and the Kitchen Nightmares team for help.
Things were really going downhill, and Inge even had to take money from her retirement account to help keep the restaurant afloat.
Gordon noted the restaurant’s dated decor, along with hygiene issues such as gum stuck underneath the table and cobwebs on the walls. Nino refused to admit any responsibility, even saying he regularly cleaned the place.
The food wasn’t much better than the hygiene, as the meat was gross and slimy. Gordon felt like it was definitely old food, but Nino refused to admit any fault and even shouted profanity at Gordon.
Though there were certainly issues between Nino and Gordon, Gordon put it aside and helped the restaurant. He completely redid the interior with more bright, modern design and new long family-style tables.
He also improved the operations so that meals came out quickly and the food quality was good. There were some issues with Michael and Nino, but they eventually got things figured out and the relaunch was a success.
Nino's Italian Restaurant Update - What Happened Next?
After being featured on Kitchen Nightmares, Nino’s had some difficulties.
Their regular customers didn’t like the new decor, which cause Nino’s to go back to the original dated design. Beyond that, reviews of the restaurants were generally mixed.
To make matters worse, Vincenzo passed away in 2014 at the age of 90, so the original founder of the restaurant was gone.
Nino’s did manage to keep things going for another couple of years, but eventually the Nino’s team posted an announcement on Facebook that the restaurant was closing its doors for good on August 14, 2016.
The Cristianos listed the restaurant for sale, but had trouble selling. Either way, Nino’s Italian Restaurant from Kitchen Nightmares is, unfortunately, no more.
However, the Nino’s Italian Restaurant Facebook page is still active if you want to keep up with the family, despite the restaurant being closed.
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Last updated: 2021-09-20 12:54