(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: November 20, 2008
Sante La Brea Address: 345 N La Brea Ave Los Angeles, California 90036
Sante La Brea was a Los Angeles, California restaurant featured on season 2 of Kitchen Nightmares.
Though the Sante La Brea Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in November 2008, the actual visit from Gordon Ramsay happened earlier in the year
It was Season 2 Episode 11 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 Hamoui 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.
So was the Kitchen Nightmares Sante La Brea episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if this Los Angeles restaurant is still open in 2023 and beyond.
Sante La Brea Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Sante La Brea Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about what happened to the restaurant after Gordon Ramsay and his crew left Los Angeles, CA.
Things seemed to start off well for the restaurant as it was open and doing well after Gordon’s visit.
In fact, Gordon Ramsay revisited the restaurant in Season 3 Episode 10, which aired in April 2010.
During his revisit after the episode aired, Ramsay discovered that Dean had retired and passed the business on to his sons.
What’s more, Dean had moved back to Syria (at least at that time).
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.
You can see the revisit in this YouTube video:
Is Sante La Brea still open after Kitchen Nightmares?
Despite things looking promising at the end of the episode, Sante La Brea ended up closing its doors permanently in 2011, which is around three years after the Kitchen Nightmares episode.
The restaurant was sold in 2011 and replaced by a German restaurant called Wirsthaus, which had positive reviews soon after opening.
As of 2022, the old Sante La Brea Los Angeles CA location is still occupied by Wirsthaus, so the restaurant definitely seems to be doing something right.
Why Did Sante La Brea close?
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.
What happened to the Sante La Brea owners?
As I mentioned above, Sammy and Arthur said that Dean, their father, had passed the restaurant on to them and then moved back to Syria.
I’m not sure what happened to Dean after that. I hope he was able to get out of Syria given what has sadly happened to the country since 2011.
Final thoughts on Sante La Brea
Sante La Brea seemed to start off well after the Kitchen Nightmares visit.
Business was up and it was doing well when Gordon Ramsay revisited it a year later.
Dean had also gotten out of the business and passed it on to his sons.
Sadly, it would close shortly thereafter and the property was sold to a new German restaurant named Wirsthaus that still seems to be doing well as of 2022.
If you want to see some other Los Angeles Kitchen Nightmares episodes, you can check out the posts for Burger Kitchen, La Frite, Casa Roma, and others. You can see a map of all the California episodes on the full Kitchen Nightmares open or closed list.
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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.
That spot is in a hot area on a major street in LA. They probably made a very good amount from selling.
The father sounded like a little kid when he tried to manage his staff. That was the lamest kitchen Nightmares I’ve ever seen.
I don’t think there is any such thing as “Mogadofu”. That was probably intended to be “Mapodofu” (麻婆豆腐).
Once again it seems that a restaurant owner without food and beverage knowledge and experience has very little chance of long term success.
If the owner can’t jump in and replace every position in his/her restaurant, the odds are not in their favor.
I love Kitchen Nightmares and have been watching every episode for the last three days. Gordon Ramsey is a godsend but if the owners don’t embrace his guidance, they will surely fail! That being said, my desire to go our to dinner has disappeared! Many restaurants will kill you or at least put you in the hospital!
Its Wirtshaus, not Wristhaus. A Wirtshaus is a classic bavarian type of pub/bar/restaurant.
That whole revisited episode was a farce. Sammy called me and asked me to come help them. He said Ramsay ripped them apart when he came and they hadn’t done anything to improve the restaurant and the revisited episode was scheduled in two weeks.
I agreed to be the new executive chef and then I didn’t hear from him again so I took another head chef job and helped open a restaurant in studio city. Then all of a sudden he called me back. It was less than a week before Ramsay was to return.
I told them I had already taken a position I was offered elsewhere and I liked my job. Plus, I told him it would be impossible to create a new menu, train the staff, and find new purveyors in a week. He told me that they just wanted to make it look like they took some of Gordon’s advice.
I should have hung up on him right then, but instead I saw a career opportunity. I said, “if you can guarantee me that I can serve Ramsay my raw key lime pie on camera (previously I had been a pastry chef for Cafe Gratitude in San Francisco) that I would agree to help them clean, organize, and serve Gordon their best dishes I did my part, as the place was a disaster zone.
I had the walk in organized and cleaned. Then they served me every single menu item. 99% of which was awful. But there were a couple dishes that were okay, so i made a few suggestions to improve them (both flavor and presentation wise).
Unfortunately, that week I got deathly sick and missed my first day of work in my lifetime. I couldn’t make it to either job for a couple days and on the day of filming Sammy told me not to come in.
I thought it was out of concern, but it was so that he and his brother could take all the credit for my efforts. I didn’t even get a mention, much less a thank you.
Think I’m lying? Just ask the producer of the show. I sat down with him for 90 mins during a lunch and he had me tell him my entire culinary journey. No surprise they aren’t open. The place was a disgrace
Unfortunately the new restaurant that had been in the building was sucked up with the La Brea sinkhole. You can watch what happened on the NBC show La Brea.