Old Neighborhood Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?

Is Old Neighborhood still open?

Current Status: >> CLOSED <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: 7 | View All Season 7 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: April 18, 2014
Old Neighborhood Address: 7923 Allison Way Arvada, CO 80005


Episode Recap

Old Neighborhood was an Arvada, Colorado restaurant featured on Season 7 of Kitchen Nightmares.

Though the Old Neighborhood Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in April 2014, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place much earlier in July 2013. It was Episode 3 of Season 7.

In this episode, Gordon Ramsay visits the Old Neighborhood restaurant in Arvada, Colorado. The family-ran restaurant needed significant changes if it was going to keep its doors open.

The episode starts with Chef Ramsay looking at the restaurant’s odd mannequin named Fiona.

After looking at the décor of the restaurant, it’s clear that the restaurant is run by basically a hoarder.

Chef Ramsay starts discussing the business and the situation they are in with the owners.

They make their decisions about how often they must change their menu and the decor in the restaurant.

Chef Gordon later notices that the menu is not in any sort of order.

Furthermore, the chairs at the restaurant have wheels, which isn’t exactly a great dining experience.

Imagine getting ready to dig into your meal and then the chair slides back. Not good!

But maybe the food tastes better than the restaurant looks, so it’s important for Gordon to order some dishes.

Among other dishes, Gordon Ramsay ordered New Orleans shrimp. After seeing some cream on it, Mr. Ramsay complained about the shrimp being light in color, and he spits it out after tasting it.

It was clear that Ramsay was unimpressed.

He took a walk around the restaurant and found out the wallpaper attached to walls of the restaurant sticks with to his hand when he touches it.

He then talks with Alexa, the restaurant owner who says that she would not taste the food before serving it to their customers.

After looking through all the garbage around the restaurant, he orders to get rid of the mannequin and other unsanitary stuff he finds at the restaurant.

He visits the restaurant the next  morning and asks the restaurant owner to change Old Neighborhood’s interior design and furniture.

Gordon did this in rather dramatic fashion, as he actually brought a garbage truck to the restaurant and made the owner push the button to crush all of the hoarding junk.

Gordon didn’t just destroy, though – he also improved the restaurant with over $50,000 in new kitchen equipment including a range, ovens, pressure fryer, and more.

These improvements were mostly sponsored by Firmatech – restaurant owners don’t need to pay for the renovations.

Beyond that, he also revamps the menu.

The restaurant was re-launched by the evening, and the episode ends after a successful new beginning to the Old Neighborhood.


Old Neighborhood Update - What Happened Next?

Despite Old Neighborhood’s solid and successful re-launch, it was closed on May 1st, 2016 and the building was put up for sale.

It was announced officially on their Facebook page.

The post thanked everyone for their support for 36 years and asked to visit the restaurant for one last time.

In the case of Old Neighborhood, they cannot keep up with the negative press they had after the Old Neighborhood Kitchen Nightmares episode aired.

Despite receiving good reviews about their restaurant on Yelp after the re-launch, they still failed as a business.

When the show was filming, they filmed much of the unsanitary stuff about the restaurant.

The customers lost their faith, and the restaurant lost their hopes.

As of 2022, the original Old Neighborhood Arvada, CO location is occupied by a new restaurant called The Butchery.

It offers “steaks, chops, and seafood” and seems to be doing ok with a 4 star rating on its Yelp page.


More Information

https://www.yelp.com/biz/old-neighborhood-restaurant-arvada




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Last updated: 2022-05-08 07:34

23 thoughts on “Old Neighborhood Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?”

  1. I’ve just finished seeing the 2014 KN episode on this place, and was very disappointed that even after Chef Ramsay made such massive changes to that house of horrors that only the Munsters & Addamses would’ve found a 5-star experience it still crashed & burned only 2 years later. $65,000 just in kitchen equipment costs more than many houses in this immediate neighborhood! But given that many KNs closed even before their episodes aired, they set something of a longevity record that, as far as I’ve seen, was surpassed only by the 3 years Chiarella in Philadelphia stayed open. It’s really a shame that the open/closed record of Kitchen Nightmares is so dismal; I’m totally unable to understand it. But it be what it are, and for the ones that remain in business I certainly hope that they can continue thriving – and, if/when necessary, improving, the greater part for themselves but also to keep at bay the howling hounds in the yelposphere that take such delight in the misfortunes of others – even sometimes [from personal knowledge] drumming it up themselves w/lies & fakery.

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    • I believe that people like this is a much more deep problem that starts at home. For the husband to keep all of this clutter and dirty shoes inside a main room restaurant in the bottom of a chair is a problem not only in a physiological sense but in their businesses and home, too me the wife is also demonstrating a physiological problem by the way she kept the kitchen and freezers. The closets and office was inexcusable by both of them.

      The son was defeated and that is mental cruelty by the parents. Now allegedly the show, showcased the many problems by this family. We can only go by what we we were presented but they did not focus on their personal lives but you cannot fix in one week what ever damages this family has done to the loyal workers and their own lives.

      It is sad to make a name for your self with the premise that you are, “helping a family” but in fact you are just making a profit and not really helping this family by honestly pin pointing the root of the problem and just showing us that by buying kitchen supplies and refacing the restaurant in hopes that is what we are showcased in one week everything was fixed.

      It was not, “I believe” If you cannot be honest with yourself, you have lost the vision. I know Mr. Ramsey is not responsible for being a licensed professional but even you cannot be this much of a idiot to see that just helping them for one week and everything will be overcome but your numbers most be great included with your financial and your spotlight.

      It’s a shame that you are a chef and you can live with these odds with the restaurants you have helped and the percentages of the restaurants that have failed. Let’s not forget all of this has happened allegedly as many professionals do say or write to cover their short comings. “Enough written”

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  2. I think that with the way the show ( Gordon) went so over the top about the unsanitary conditions, it never had a chance. Seeing things like that and the terrible unhygienic attitudes of the owners, you never trust that the food you’re eating is clean. I’m surprised Applebees or Chili’s didn’t buy that huge restaurant….

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  3. The show aires all these Nightmares because the industry is a nightmare. Most restaurants are filthy and your lucky yiu dont get sick. Now with Covid many of these places will close.

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  4. The show aires all these Nightmares because the industry is a nightmare. Most restaurants are filthy and your lucky you dont get sick. Now with Covid many of these places will close.

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  5. Yes, the place was so disgusting, but I know some very famous eatery’s in my town that are far worse.
    I just think they became complacent but they did see their errors, unfortunately I feel that their fan base felt betrayed and knowing that they were being fed rotting foods and unclean methods just killed their confidence in The Old Neighborhood. Colorado people can hold grudges like my mom. That was tough. Sorry they didn’t get a second chance.

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  6. Yeah, I wouldn’t have trusted those people to keep the restaurant clean. One week can’t change the last ten years. I hope they found something that would work better, like owning an antique store.

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  7. Emily, my name is Emily too. It’s cute that someone made their comment “hushemily” then hush etc etc ..BAHAHA I lived in Alma, CO for years now and Arvada is a very welcoming town. The entire restaurant industry has always been screwed. What I can tell you is that the place closed because of crappy people talking crap that probably can’t even successfully cook a hello fresh meal. Stop trolling and get real. These are real people and real lives. What the he*! Are you living for?? Jerks.

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  8. I’m not mad they are closed. Personally I’m unimpressed by typical eateries because most are nasty. Chef Ramsey is doing a good work exposing these idiots.

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  9. If these Kitchen Night mare restaurants were in the UK , these owners would be struggling to get another licence to open another restaurant.
    These restaurant owners apply for the show , to have their restaurants relaunched and publicised by Gordon Ramsay and just go back to their old habits of failure.

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