Nino’s Italian Restaurant – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed in 2022?

Is Nino's Italian Restaurant still open?

Current Status: >> CLOSED <<
(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
Nino's Italian Restaurant Kitchen Nightmares

Episode Recap

Nino’s Italian Restaurant was a Long Beach, California restaurant featured on Season 6 of Kitchen Nightmares.

Though the Nino’s Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in February 2013, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place much earlier in mid-2012. It was Season 6 Episode 9.

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 Ramsay 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. Sure – it just magically got dirty, I guess!

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.

So was the Nino’s Kitchen Nightmares episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened to the restaurant and how it’s doing in 2022 and beyond.

Nino's Italian Restaurant Update - What Happened Next?

Now that we’ve recapped the Nino’s Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about what happened to the restaurant after Gordon Ramsay and his crew left Long Beach, CA.

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.

For a time, the old Nino’s Italian Restaurant Long Beach, CA location was occupied by a new restaurant named MIXX Kitchen, which served Asian fusion and Chinese food.

However, that restaurant also closed.

As of 2022, it’s now a coffee shop and wine bar named SALA Coffee & and Wine Bar.

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Last updated: 2022-06-13 06:20

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