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Season: 5 | View All Season 5 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: February 3, 2012
Park's Edge Address: 913 Bernina Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307
Park’s Edge was an Atlanta, Georgia restaurant featured on season 5 of Kitchen Nightmares. The episode was originally filmed in September 2011 but it didn’t air until February 2012. It was episode 10 of season 5.
On this episode of Kitchen Nightmare, Chef Gordon Ramsay takes us to Park’s Edge, owned by best friends, Jorge and Richard, in Inman Park, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia).
Jorge and Richard lack experience in running a restaurant, and to make matters worse, their food is complicated and their staff is overworked.
In the two years that this restaurant has been open the Health Department has forced the restaurant to close twice due to health code violations.
Jorge’s failure to establish any organization and structure in the kitchen, and Richard doesn’t help out in the kitchen when things get busy. The two owners also failed to obtain a liquor license but still served liquor.
When a local news outlet pressed the owners as to why their restaurant had so many problems, the two blamed the neighborhood for being racist, thus alienating their restaurant from the local community causing their business to suffer.
When Gordon arrives at the restaurant, he is confused by the menu that offers Mexican, Asian, and Indian cuisine.
Unsure as to what he should order from a complex menu, he asks his server Amy, who suggests he try the grilled Caesar salad with chicken. Gordon also orders oysters and grilled salmon.
The grilled Caesar salad arrives first and Gordon is in shock when he finds that they literally grilled the lettuce which hasn’t even been trimmed, and when he goes to taste the chicken he finds that it is too dry and the salad was too spicy.
When Gordon tried the oysters he simply said they were disgusting, and when the salmon arrived the plate was too busy and the combination of flavors didn’t taste good.
After he ate, Gordon gives his negative feedback to the kitchen and tells the owners they are far from qualified to run a restaurant.
Gordon then observes the dinner rush and notices Jorge becoming overwhelmed quickly in the kitchen as the other chefs seem capable of being able to handle things.
The restaurant’s customers aren’t impressed with the food and the complaints of the food being too dry, spicy, cold, or even raw start funneling in.
Instead of taking ownership and addressing the irate customers, the owners delegate this task to the servers, whose tips have already been affected due to the kitchen performance.
The food takes too long to leave the kitchen and some of the customers walk out before their food arrives due to frustration.
Gordon then inspects the walk in where he finds stale and moldy produce, spoiled chicken, and cooked food gone wrong.
The next day Gordon has a staff meeting where the owners are watching via surveillance and it is revealed that they believe Richard to be the main problem as he is too hands off, and drinking wine on the job at a daily rate. They also reveal Jorge to be disrespectful as he lashes out at the staff too often.
Jorge and Richard are touched by what they heard and Richard is visibly upset and emotional while Jorge apologizes to the staff for his short-comings and promises his staff things will change.
Gordon knows they need to rebuild the bridges they burned in the community and encourages Richard to make a public statement to the news where he apologizes for calling his neighborhood racist.
Finally, Gordon’s team transforms the restaurant’s décor, making it more contemporary with pictures from local artists in place of the gaudy pictures that hung there before.
Gordon also simplified the menu, making it an American menu with a contemporary twist.
Gordon then brings in his team to train the kitchen staff on the new menu, but sous chef, Matt, does not agree on frying chicken wings. Matt is given the choice of getting on board or leaving his job and Matt ultimately decides to stay.
The night of the relaunch and the orders start stacking up in the kitchen, Jorge takes the lead and the food comes out in a timely manner and to a high standard.
Despite a minor hiccup with Matt disrespecting Jorge and losing his job, the night is a total success as customers are very pleased with their food.
Park's Edge Update - What Happened Next?
Park’s Edge didn’t start off strong after Gordon’s visit. In October, 2011, Park’s Edge failed a health inspection (after having also previously failed earlier in 2011). The restaurant scored just a 44 out of 100 on the test.
This failure happened before the Park’s Edge Kitchen Nightmares episode aired, but after Gordon’s visit. Gordon visited in September 2011 but the episode didn’t air until 2012.
As you’d expect, the Yelp reviews also weren’t great, as the restaurant had just a three star rating on its Yelp page.
Despite that, Park’s Edge did manage to reopen and stay open a few more years.
However, Park’s Edge eventually closed in 2013 and has remained closed since then.
Why did Park’s Edge close?
Park’s Edge closed because the lease on their location ran out in 2013. The owners were originally looking for a new location to reopen the restaurant. However, that never happened and Park’s Edge remains closed as of 2021.
The old Park’s Edge location is now occupied by a restaurant called Victory Sandwich Bar. It has decent reviews on Yelp, with a four star average rating. You can learn more about the new restaurant on its Yelp page.
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Last updated: 2021-11-28 05:57