(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: January 25, 2013
Olde Hitching Post Address: 48 Spring St Hanson, MA 02341
Olde Hitching Post was a Hanson, Massachusetts restaurant featured on Season 6 of Kitchen Nightmares.
Though the Olde Hitching Post Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in January 2013, the actual visit from Gordon Ramsay happened earlier in June 2012.
It was Kitchen Nightmares Season 6 Episode 7.
In this episode of Kitchen Nightmares, chef Gordon Ramsay graced the Olde Hitching Post with his presence.
The restaurant is based in Hanson, Massachusetts, which is a small town located just to the south of Boston.
The episode started on an interesting note when the Olde Hitching Post owner, Tom Kessaris, went to pick Gordon from the train station.
As soon as Tom met him, he tried to impress Ramsay with his background.
Kessaris told Ramsay that he had run two successful restaurants in the past and this restaurant was his third business venture.
He clarified that he only bought it for his daughter Andrea but she doesn’t show any interest in it.
He also said that the restaurant was losing $7,000 to $8,000 a week, which is why he needed help from Gordon Ramsay and his team in the Olde Hitching Post Kitchen Nightmares.
After getting to the Olde Hitching Post, the first person Ramsay meets is Janice, the restaurant manager.
She wasted no time in telling Ramsay that whatever Tom has said to him might not be the truth and he shouldn’t believe the guy.
Uh-ho! That doesn’t sound like a good sign for the restaurant.
Gordon was then introduced to Andrea who also quashed everything that her father said about her.
Andrea clarified that in seven years her father has not let her take charge even for one day.
Tom is the one who runs the place – he is in control of everything from the menu to the accounts.
After hearing everything about the behind-the-scenes drama, Chef Ramsay thinks its time to taste the food.
To that end, he then ordered the meatloaf, lobster ravioli, and cranberry haddock.
When the waitress Carla brought the food, Ramsay asked her some questions regarding its preparation and she was visibly struggling with her lies.
After some more interrogation, she comes clean about the food being of low-quality and store bought.
Again, not a good sign!
Gordon Ramsay took one bite of Lobster Ravioli and couldn’t even swallow it.
He noted only meatloaf was alright for human consumption, which isn’t exactly high praise.
There were also some other expletives mixed in, in true Gordon Ramsay fashion.
After checking the terrible food, Ramsay once again meets with Tom to confront him about low-quality ingredients.
This time Tom’s defensiveness can be seen clearly and he even says that people love frozen food, they especially come for their meatloaf from far off.
During their heated exchange, it is clear that even the restaurant’s chef (Dan) and other kitchen helpers are well-aware of the problems.
None of them tried to defend Tom even once and his ego didn’t like it.
Ramsay then visits during the evening when a few customers have already arrived.
Upon inspection, he tells Tom that the frozen method is hard as a brick.
Instead of apologizing, Tom tells him that people order it like that.
Ramsay then dares him to go tell customers that he is serving them frozen meatloaf. Tom disagrees and then Gordon does that himself.
After this whole ordeal, Ramsay makes it very clear that this restaurant would be dead soon if Tom stays in charge.
At last, he convinced Tom to pass the restaurant to his daughter who clearly has shown immense potential throughout the episode.
He also improved the restaurant and put in place a new menu, as you’d expect from any rescue.
So was the Kitchen Nightmares Olde Hitching Post episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if the restaurant is open or closed in 2022 and beyond.
Olde Hitching Post Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Hitching Post Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about what happened to the restaurant after Gordon Ramsay and his crew left Hanson MA.
First off, it seems like Tom really did stick with his decision to hand the restaurant over to Andrea.
This seems to have been a good call, as you’ll see in a second.
Is The Olde Hitching Post still open in 2022?
As of 2022, we are happy to say that the Olde Hitching Post Kitchen Nightmares was a success and the restaurant is still open and doing business in Hanson, MA!
It has been nine years since the premiere of that episode and the restaurant has only flourished under Andrea’s ownership and leadership.
It has an impressive 4.6 Google rating voted by 450 people.
On the Olde Hitching Post Yelp page, it also has a solid 4 star rating on over 93 reviews.
The TripAdvisor reviews are similarly good, with a 4 star rating on over 100 reviews.
If you want to learn more about the restaurant, you can check out the official Olde Hitching Post Hanson MA website.
Here’s a direct link to the Olde Hitching Post menu.
Does Andrea still own the Olde Hitching Post?
Andrea is still the owner and manager of the Olde Hitching Post restaurant.
Gordon was able to get through to Tom and Andrea is in control now, which explains why the restaurant has done so well.
On the Old Hitching Post website, it says that the restaurant is owned by Andrea and her husband Spiro Garnavos.
They also have a four year old daughter – congratulations to them!
What happened to Tom Kessaris (original Olde Hitching Post owner)?
Tom Kessaris was the original Olde Hitching Post owner before passing the restaurant to his daughter Andrea.
As far as I can tell, Tom is now retired. However, he did dabble in other restaurants after the Olde Hitching Post Kitchen Nightmares episode.
For example, he opened a restaurant named Fotini’s Restaurant in Bolton, MA.
Tom eventually sold the restaurant in 2022, with his stated goal being to retire and travel.
Overall, it seems like Tom really was pretty experienced at running successful restaurants.
Final thoughts on The Olde Hitching Post
Overall, the Olde Hitching Post Hanson MA restaurant seems to be a real Kitchen Nightmares success story.
Under the ownership of Andrea, it’s flourished and is still open and getting good reviews.
Congratulations to everyone involved!
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Last updated: 2022-08-24 06:47