Sante La Brea Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?

Is Sante La Brea still open?

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

Season: 2 | View All Season 2 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: November 20, 2008
Sante La Brea Address: 345 N La Brea Ave Los Angeles, California 90036
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Episode Recap

Sante La Brea was a Los Angeles, California restaurant featured on season 2 of Kitchen Nightmares.

During season two in 2008, Ramsay visited Sante La Brea, a vegan and health food restaurant in Los Angeles.

It was run by owner Dean and his sons Arthur and Sammy, and it had been in business for 10 years.

Although it was in a great location on the popular La Brea Avenue, business had been suffering and the family was $200,000 in debt.

Dean always got stuck cleaning up after his lazy staff, manager Mark and chef Aurelio, which also led to friction in the restaurant.

The episode began with Ramsay arriving to meet with Dean, who explained that the restaurant’s biggest issue is lack of money.

Ramsay then sampled the Turkey Patty Melt, Mogadoofu and Blackend Salmon, all of which he found disgusting.

Then he inspected the fridge, where he discovered rotten and defrosted frozen food inside.

Dean told him it was not his responsibility to look after the food, it was the responsibility of Aurelio who was running late for his shift and not answering his phone.

Ramsay left and then returned for dinner time, where he witnessed Dean cleaning up after everyone and customers unhappy with the imitation meat products they had ordered.

After closing time, he sat down with the staff and lectured them about how no one takes responsibility for anything, the imitation meat products aren’t working and the place is way too filthy.

Dean also yelled at everyone for refusing to listen to him.

Ramsay introduced two new specials the next evening, a halibut dish and a shrimp salad and a police man handcuffed Dean so he couldn’t do everyone else’s work for them.

Mark got sent home to change clothes after he was caught holding menus under his sweaty armpit while taking orders for customers.

Ramsay cleaned the entire restaurant overnight and introduced some more new menu items the following morning.

On their official Relaunch Night, Dean yelled at everyone again for not listening to him and Aurelio walked out in the middle of his shift.

He said the only way he’d return is if he got paid back the money he’s owed, so Ramsay paid him back out of his own pocket.

Although everyone in the kitchen was running behind, they somehow pulled together to make their customers happy. Relaunch Night ended up being a success.

Sante La Brea Update - What Happened Next?

Despite things looking promising at the end of the episode, Sante La Brea ended up closing its doors permanently in 2011.

During his revisit after the episode aired, Ramsay discovered that Dean had retired and passed the business on to his sons.

Mark and Aurelio were gone too and the new manager was Sammy’s girlfriend, Dawn.

Sammy explained that business had increased a bit since Relaunch Night and he gave Ramsay some new food items to sample, all of which he found delicious.

One of them was an imitation chicken dish called the Unchicken.

The restaurant was sold in 2011 and replaced by a German restaurant called Wirsthaus, which appears to be doing well so far.

According to comments from customers on Sante La Brea’s Facebook page, the place had gotten pretty popular by the time Arthur and Sammy sold it.

Customers believed the decision was because the owners were simply burnt out and needed a break.

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Last updated: 2021-11-27 06:16

3 thoughts on “Sante La Brea Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?”

  1. IF they were infact burnt out they could have just closed temporarily instead of selling it completely. But I don’t know the situation so I won’t be making assumptions here.

  2. The father sounded like a little kid when he tried to manage his staff. That was the lamest kitchen Nightmares I’ve ever seen.

  3. I don’t think there is any such thing as “Mogadofu”. That was probably intended to be “Mapodofu” (麻婆豆腐).


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