(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: April 26, 2013
Prohibition Grille Address: 1414 Hewitt Ave Everett, WA 98201
Prohibition Grille, AKA Prohibition Gastropub, was an Everett, Washington restaurant featured on Season 6 of Kitchen Nightmares.
Though the Prohibition Grille Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in April 2013, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place in late 2012.
It was Kitchen Nightmares Season 6 Episode 14.
When chef Gordon Ramsay visits the restaurant called Prohibition Grille in Everett, Washington, things aren’t going smoothly.
Owned by a belly dancer named Rishi Brown who has no previous experience of running a restaurant, it was losing large amounts of money.
In fact, Rishi’s dancing earns this one the monicker of the Kitchen Nightmares belly dancer episode.
The year she launched the restaurant, 2008, she hired chef Rocky who was lazy and very keen on taking breaks.
This means she’s owned it for around four years at the time of the Prohibition Grille Kitchen Nightmares episode.
Even though customers describe the food as tasteless and disgusting, she still supports chef Rocky.
Upon arrival at the restaurant, Gordon is surprised to see a belly dancing flier, but he finds it even more surprising that the belly dancer that welcomed him into the restaurant is also its owner.
After his food order, Gordon rated the food a spectacular zero out of ten.
He finds that the oysters are bland, the soup is watery, the greens are mushed, the salmon is disgusting and the filet mignon has a peculiar grey shade.
Rishi is in full denial that there is something wrong with the food because she has so much faith in Chef Rocky.
Later, Gordon Ramsay attends a dinner service and is surprised at the fact that Rishi is performing a belly dance.
The customers are taken aback by the performance and Gordon hides in the freezer to avoid seeing it.
Rishi doesn’t know how to deal with customer complaints when steaks are being sent back because they are raw instead of medium.
To help get things under control, Gordon Ramsay aids her in dealing with the customers.
Afterwards, they discover a gravy pot gone sour.
Upon further inspection, Gordon finds that the raw food is kept next to cooked food in the fridge, which is a huge health risk.
Gordon stops the customers from eating more food and shuts the restaurant down. I thought I was watching Bar Rescue with how quickly Gordon SHUT IT DOWN. Lol.
The following day, the staff confesses that Rocky is the major cause of the issues, as he has a tendency to take breaks during busy hours.
To make matters worse, he takes 3% of the tips because he tricked Rishi into thinking it was standard.
Obviously, the staff doesn’t like this as it’s basically like he’s stealing from them.
Rishi confesses that she is fearful of changes, especially when it comes to Chef Rocky.
With a promise from Gordon to help her find a new chef, she fires Rocky who admits to becoming negligent.
Rishi takes a cooking lesson from Gordon in order to feel more at ease in the kitchen.
In addition to helping train her, Gordon Ramsay and his crew also renovated the restaurant.
The restaurant is transformed with a modern new decor and a slightly changed name – Prohibition Gastropub.
The staff is impressed by the simplicity of the items in the new menu.
Rishi also receives a makeover and is wearing a sharp suit – no belly dancer outfit needed.
For the relaunch night, Gordon invites bloggers that are local and influential who loved the food.
Rishi promises him that she won’t put on more belly-dancing performances and things seem to be going much better.
So was the Kitchen Nightmares Prohibition Grille episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if this Everett, WA restaurant is still open in 2023 and beyond.
Prohibition Grille Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Prohibition Gastropub Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about what happened to the restaurant after Gordon Ramsay and his crew left Everett, Washington.
In the following weeks, the transformations were a big success and Rishi runs her restaurant with a sense of more control.
The restaurant receives mixed responses with both negative and positive reviews on websites Yelp and TripAdvisor.
New customers seemed to praise the food, relaxed ambiance and attentive personnel.
The regulars, however, seemed to prefer the old menu and want it back.
Before we talk about where the restaurant is now, I want to point out that Gordon Ramsay actually revisited Prohibition Gastropub.
Let’s talk about that first…
Prohibition Gastropub Gordon Ramsay revisit in Season 7
There was a Prohibition Gordon Ramsay revisit as part of Season 7.
This revisit episode was actually the last episode of Kitchen Nightmares to ever air on TV.
In the episode, Gordon Ramsay also revisited The Olde Hitching Post in Hanson MA and La Galleria 33 in Boston MA.
If you want to see the Prohibition Grill portion of the episode, it starts around the 32:44 mark in the video I’ve embedded below:
Is Prohibition Grille still open in 2023?
Prohibition Grille / Gastropub closed in July 2017, which was around three years after the Prohibition Grille Kitchen Nightmares episode aired on TV.
This isn’t a huge success, but it does show that Risihi was able to successfully employ Gordon Ramsay’s tactics to run the business for a few years. Not bad!
After its closure, the old Prohibition Gastropub Everett location was originally occupied by a new restaurant called Abbott’s.
However, Abbot’s also closed sometime around 2021.
It seems that the restaurant wasn’t able to make it through the Coronavirus pandemic.
As of 2023, the old Prohibition Grille Everett Washington location is occupied by a new bar/restaurant named Flying Pig.
Here’s the Google Maps street view embed of the old location – you can see the new Flying Pig branding:
Why did Prohibition Grille close?
Prohibition Grille closed because Rishi sold the restaurant to a new owner in 2016.
The new owner decided to keep the same name and decor. However, under the new ownership, it was eventually closed in July 2017.
Prohibition Gastropub reviews after Kitchen Nightmares
At the time that Prohibition Gastro Pub closed, it had just a 2.5 star rating on Yelp.
To make matters worse, the more recent reviews were even more negative, with lots of one star reviews.
Most of these reviews were written about the new owner (who Rishi sold the bar to in 2016), so she can’t be blamed for them, though.
On Google, it had a 3.6 star rating, which is a bit better…but that’s still pretty bad for Google (which tends to be more generous than Yelp).
Here’s a sampling of a few Prohibition Gastropub reviews that were written after the visit from Gordon Ramsay…
2 star Yelp review from March 2017:
We have been coming here for about 7 years.
Through all the ups and downs.
We really liked this place prior with the previous owner.
Since the change it seems that standards have dropped.
Today when we walked in it did not seem like any of the employees really wanted to be there.
They were not really welcoming and also not rude, just there.
Whatever, I can handle that but the tables were dirty and that is not cool.
They were not really busy so they had plenty of time to maybe clean a bit.
Other than doing that they made sure there was time for a smoke break.
Just saying the standards are different now with a new owner.
The food was pretty tasty. We had the burger and I would eat it again.
Not a place that I am super excited to bring family who may be in town or a place I will be running back to soon. Good luck.
1 star Yelp review from May 2017:
This is the worst service and food I have received in a long time.
The lunch special is burgers and they had no buns.
Manager left to run to the store.
Hot tea required us to have our own tea bags, served hot water.
Green salad was dumped out of a bag and didn’t have dressing.
Then the ceasar dressing didn’t come with the ceasar salad.
First and last time ever going to this bar & grill. Poor!
Again – a lot of these negative reviews seem to have come from after Rishi sold Prohibition Grill in 2016.
However, with such negative reviews, it’s no surprise that the new owner closed the restaurant soon after buying it.
What happened to Rishi Brown from Kitchen Nightmares (Prohibition Grille owner)?
Rishi Brown was the Prohibition Grille owner and resident belly dancer (at least before the Prohibition Grille Kitchen Nightmares visit).
After Prohibition Grille closed, Rishi seems to ditched running her own restaurants (and belly dancing company).
Now, she’s the restaurant manager at Tulalip Resort Casino in the Seattle area, where she’s been since 2017.
If you want to connect, you can check out her LinkedIn page.
What happened to Chef Rocky after Kitchen Nightmares?
A lot of people are wondering what happened to Chef Rocky from Prohibition Grille.
Chef Rocky went on to open up his own Everett Washington restaurant which he named Ole Soul Southern Creole.
It received good reviews, with a 4 star rating on its Yelp page.
However, Ole Soul Southern Creole closed sometime around 2017.
Currently, Rocky seems to be working as the Chef/Kitchen manager at Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse in Everett.
You can learn more on his LinkedIn page.
Final thoughts on Prohibition Grille
Prohibition Grille / Prohibition Gastropub had a few years of success after the Prohibition Gastropub Kitchen Nightmares episode aired.
However, Rishi eventually sold the restaurant to a new owner in 2016 and it closed soon thereafter in 2017.
As of 2023, the old Prohibition Gastropub Everett Washington location is occupied by a bar named Flying Pig.
Rishi from Kitchen Nightmares is now working as the restaurant manager at a local casino.
Chef Rocky had his own restaurant for a time named Ole Soul Southern Creole, but he’s now working as the Kitchen Manager at someone else’s restaurant.
If you want to see another Washington Kitchen Nightmares episode, you can read my Yanni’s Greek Restaurant update in Seattle.
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Just an update. The space is now occupied by a restaurant named The Flying Pig.
Here’s the website:
I remember this episode, it was traumatic. Too bad Rocky didn’t learn his craft better after he retired as a boxer and took up cooking.
I wonder how she smelled when she was dancing in those cheesy outfits?