(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: October 10, 2007
Seascape Inn Address: 116 Main St Islip, NY 11751
Seascape Inn was an Islip, New York restaurant featured on Season 1 of Kitchen Nightmares.
Though the Seascape Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in October 2007, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place earlier in March 2007.
It was Kitchen Nightmares Season 1 Episode 4.
The Seascape Inn opened all the way back in 1962 in Islip, New York.
If you’re not familiar with New York geography, Islip is a small town on Long Island in Suffolk County, so it’s right near New York City.
Opened by Irene and her late husband, the Seascape Inn was once one of the best restaurants on Long Island.
Now, run by Irene and her son Peter, the restaurant is a shadow of its former self.
You can see the signs of neglect in the decor.
Peter, the owner and Irene’s son, thinks Chef Doug is the issue.
Seascape Inn needs about $800,000.00 to $1,000,000.00 to keep the Seascape Inn from sinking, so Gordon Ramsay definitely has his work cut out for him if he wants to save this restaurant.
Gordon Ramsay arrives and is greeted by Peter.
In their first conversation, Peter sits down with Gordon and compares the restaurant to a sinking ship.
Not a good start, but maybe the food will turn out to be better than expected (just kidding – it’s Kitchen Nightmares haha).
To test things out, Gordon orders three dishes: the cajun Atlantic salmon, crab cakes, and lobster ravioli.
As Gordon waits for his food, he takes in the foul smell and the crumbling walls.
Unfortunately, the food isn’t much better than the Seascape restaurant decor when it finally arrives.
The lobster ravioli is not fresh, and neither are the crab cakes.
The salmon dish is served with a greasy pesto sauce, and the salmon itself is dry.
Irene offers Gordon dry, powdery cookies, which he then chokes on.
Gordon wants to get a complete picture of the restaurant and its problems, so he watches what happens during a typical dinner service at the Seascape restaurant.
It wasn’t good…
Pretty much every customer had complaints during dinner service.
Gordon then moved into the kitchen, where he saw Doug doing whatever he wanted.
There is a spill in the kitchen, and Peter comes in to clean it because he is too afraid to tell his employees what to do.
There is grease and grime on nearly every surface in the kitchen.
To add to the general hygiene issues, Gordon sees the ingredients from yesterday’s order, and everything looks inedible.
This includes a weird scene where Gordon finds disgusting pork, but Doug insists that the pork is just for his personal food.
The owners stated that the kitchen was clean and appalled at the area’s state.
Because it was so dirty, Gordon shuts down the restaurant and orders a deep clean of the kitchen.
The Seascape restaurant owners and staff must clean every nook and cranny.
What’s more, Peter is admonished by Gordon and his mother for not taking responsibility and stepping up.
Once the kitchen is finally clean, Gordon teaches the cooks how to prepare seafood the right way, much to Chef Doug’s dismay.
Chef Doug acts very unprofessionally as Gordon teaches him how to cook fish dishes.
Gordon orders Peter to fire Chef Doug for his insubordination.
Gordon also stated that Chef Doug was a burden on the business.
While the restaurant is being remodeled, Gordon takes Peter to a boxing ring to blow off some steam and reenergize Peter.
Peter explains that his father always puts him down, and he is finally ready to prove his father wrong.
Back at the restaurant, the walls are newly splashed with red which looks beautiful with the brown finishing.
There are pictures from the glory days of the Seascape Inn all over the walls.
It’s a huge upgrade from before the visit from Gordon Ramsay.
Gordon brings in a new chef who is a massive improvement from Doug.
Gordon also brings in the head chef from his restaurant to teach Peter how to dress and stand properly.
At first, the restaurant is chaotic because of the influx of customers, but as the staff works together, the night ends well.
After that, Scott, the chef that Gordon brought in, stayed for an additional week to train the new chef.
When the episode ends, Gordon Ramsay gives hugs and Irene and Peter seemed very grateful for his help.
So was the Seascape Inn Kitchen Nightmares episode a long-term success?
Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if it’s still open in 2023 and beyond.
Seascape Inn Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Seascape Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about what happened after Gordon Ramsay’s visit.
Unfortunately, the Seascape restaurant Yelp page didn’t have any reviews, so I can’t share any firsthand experiences from customers about what the restaurant was like.
However, I can say that Seascape Inn did not achieve success after Gordon Ramsay left, which is probably no surprise given the state of the restaurant on the show.
Is Seascape still open?
Seascape closed in August 2007, just five months after Gordon Ramsay’s visit and before the episode aired on TV.
The restaurant was sold to new owners who originally planned to open a new restaurant called The Coast.
We’re not sure how much the Seascape Inn sold for as we can’t find a public record of the sale.
However, that didn’t happen either and the old Seascape Inn New York location was sold again.
As of 2023, the old Seascape Islip location is occupied by a restaurant called J&R’s Islip Steak House.
The reviews aren’t great, as the new restaurant has just three stars on Yelp, though its Google Reviews are a bit better.
Either way, the new restaurant does seem to be successful for now.
Here’s what the old Seascape Inn Islip NY location looks like in the most recent picture from Google Maps street view:
Why did Seascape close?
One reason why Seascape closed was the huge debt burden.
Beyond that, Seascape went back to their old menu after Gordon Ramsay left.
This change was unpopular with customers who came to visit Seascape because they heard about Gordon Ramsay’s makeover.
What happened to Chef Doug from the Seascape Kitchen Nightmares episode?
Sadly, Chef Doug from Seascape Inn passed away in 2010 at age 57.
This was around three years after the Seascape Inn episode aired on TV.
You can see his obituary here.
Final thoughts on the Seascape restaurant
Overall, Seascape Inn and Restaurant did not achieve success after the Kitchen Nightmares episode, as it was already closed by the time the episode aired on TV.
The old Seascape Inn Islip location was sold multiple times and now operates as a restaurant named J&R’s Islip Steak House.
In terms of what happened to Doug, Peter, and Irene, I can’t find any information. If you know anything, please let me know in the comments.
If you want to see some other updates for Long Island Kitchen Nightmares episodes, you can check out my posts for Finn McCool’s in Westhampton Beach, Handlebar in Mount Sinai, Peter’s Italian Restaurant in Babylon, and Classic American in West Babylon.
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Last updated: 2023-04-22 06:36