Sebastian’s Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?

Is Sebastian's still open?

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

Season: 1 | View All Season 1 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: November 7, 2007
Sebastian's Address: 10057 Riverside Dr Toluca Lake, California 91602

Episode Recap

Sebastian’s was a Toluca Lake, California restaurant featured on season 1 of Kitchen Nightmares.

The Sebastian’s restaurant location is near Warner Bros and Universal Studios.

The owner, Sebastian De Modica has varying mood swings and fired well over fifty people in the past year. That doesn’t exactly sound like a healthy work environment, right?

Consequently, the restaurant was experiencing huge losses and needed Chef Gordon Ramsay to intervene.

Well, Gordon did arrive and he did not like the outward appearance of the restaurant from the first look. He branded it tacky.

When Gordon got in to sample the foods, he was quite shocked to learn that Sebastian actually says hello to every single customer who arrives.

Gordon was also disappointed in the menu’s pictures, something that he considered to literally tell the customers “get out of here”.

The menu had a combination of sides, sauces, meats and more.

Gordon chose the calamari, something that Sebastian said was fresh. As the order was being placed, Gordon had a little chat with Sonia the waitress.

She stated that the calamari had actually been frozen and, true to her word, Gordon asked to be provided with a sick bag the moment he took a bite.

It’s never a good thing when a restaurant’s food prompts the eater to ask for a vomit bag!

The next thing to be served was the “Popeye Pizza”. Chef Gordon found it watery and doubted whether the base was fresh.

His steak also arrived, already cut into pieces and he claimed it looked like dog food.

Sebastian tried to defend himself by saying that he did not have enough money to make fresh dough or purchase fresh calamari.

This eventually led to a huge argument and Chef Gordon thought Sebastian was delusional.

During the night of the relaunch, Gordon rolled out a red carpet just like the one in the Academy Awards.

As the kitchen was preparing, Sebastian was shouting at the staff and when the customers started to arrive, Gordon, asked him to take full control of his kitchen.

The new menu turned out to be a hit and even the customers were ecstatic with the relaunch. Lou-Bertha, a cook, was also ecstatic about being able to cook with fresh dough.

A lot of people love Lou-Bertha and felt that she deserved more than what Sebastian’s restaurant could offer.

However, Sebastian wasn’t convinced about the new menu and so he pulled out food from the freezers and reverted to the old menu.

The whole kitchen became confused since the two menus were conflicting and it was quite obvious that this old menu would jeopardize the relaunch.

Chef Gordon tried to talk some sense into him but Sebastian just kept shouting. Gordon later returned and Sebastian realized that he needed to change.

Sebastian's Update - What Happened Next?

Well, after Chef Gordon left, Sebastian returned the old menu, as you would probably expect given his behavior on the Sebastian’s Kitchen Nightmares episode.

Here’s another detail that isn’t exactly surprising:

Later on, in January 2008, the Sebastian’s restaurant closed for good.

The restaurant Sebastian’s then became Robano’s, a pizza restaurant, which closed in 2014. It is now known as The Red Door. Reviews for The Red Door seem to be solid so far. You can check out The Red Door’s Yelp page here. As of 2021, The Red Door is still open, which means that at least one restaurant was able to make the location work!

Why did Sebastian’s from Kitchen Nightmares close?

The owner claimed it was due to “family reasons” since the whole family had to go back to Boston.

Chef Q was actually seen in the fourth season of the series Kitchen Nightmares. He was the Head Chef at the Casa Roma restaurant and he stated that Sebastian simply disappeared, so we’re not sure if that story was accurate.

What happened to Sebastian after the restaurant closed?

After Sebastian’s closed, it looks like Sebastian was running a landscaping/tree removal company and a business firm together with his wife Nichole. He also had a movie role in 2013 for the film Angels around Me where he played the detective, so it seems like he’s still acting. You can check out his IMDB page to see his work.

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Last updated: 2022-02-18 06:53

33 thoughts on “Sebastian’s Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?”

  1. At the end of the episode, as Gordon was walking out he said that he thought that Sebastian wouldn’t follow through with the menu. To no surprise he didn’t follow through. What a loser.

  2. Sebastian is the biggest moron, loser, idiot EVER. I wouldn’t let him make a wish sandwich. For sure wouldn’t let him touch my trees, shrubs or even garbage. He should consider a job in cleaning up cat puke.

  3. His narcissistic ego is what bit him in the butt which is why he will never be able to make it in Hollywood or be able to manage a business!
    “Get Outta Here!!

  4. I loved the way the staff became proud of where they worked. They flipped the crap outta pizza dough… even had tricks too. Lou was grateful. I loved the staff. The owner,stuck on stupid.

  5. Sebastian was an idiot. How can you possibly think you know more than a man who has made millions and has numerous television shows. What an idiot!! 2.5 years and the concept hasn’t taken off…ITS NOT GOING TO EITHER

  6. maybe if S listened to Chef R he would have been successful but he mos knew better what an idiot. Idiot idiot idiot and again idiot.

  7. It’s currently November 2021 and despite all my efforts, for the past 2 years I have searched far and wide for Sebastian’s franchise pizzas!.

    WHERE ARE THEY?. :0)

    It is ALWAYS the same issue, so long as someone else foots the bill, provides finance and supports PURE EGO, then these self promoting egotistical nobody’s will no doubt continue TO MILK THEIR LOVED ONES!.

    Then the very moment all is lost, even then their ego refuses to accept FACT!, so they continue the lie.

    To Sebastian and all the other egotistical super chefs, YOU ARE PLAYING WITH THE VERY LIVELIHOOD OF YOUR STAFF!.

    • Excellent summary. We just watched the repeat and since there was no follow up at end of show, decided to look it up. So glad to find the updates turned out exactly like we figured it would. Just made comment also where are Sebastian’s Concept Frozen 20 Varieties Pizza Francises. Haha! Trimming trees and bushes now, Sebastian hit the big time finally. Feel bad for his dedicated and motivated staff though and long suffering wife.

      • He’s a mommas boy. Couldn’t handle the truth. Calling his mommy to whine. You can tell he’s used to getting his way. Firing employees (49) 😳 that’s a lot of firing. Gotta take advice from Gordon Ramsay. He’s where he is by being meticulous. I hate all the ingrates on kitchen nightmares, getting upset because he tells them the truth.

  8. I have been on a Kitchen Nightmares binge for about a week now. I couldn’t tell you why, but I often turn to Gordon Ramsay and his American Television series when I’m really depressed.

    Maybe it’s because Gordon helps most of the people change and become better. Maybe it’s because I get to watch someone other than myself getting yelled at. It could be that it’s easy to watch and keep track of, no need for my brain to shift gears. Perhaps I just want to see what he does to the restaurant on each episode. Possibly, it is all of the above; Or it could be, none of the above. What a load

    I just finished watching the episode with Sebastian’s… and Sebastian. I felt cheated when it ended without saying what happened to the restaurant! I immediately hit up Google and that’s how I ended up here. What a freaking goldmine this website is!! The update was thorough, informative and well written. It wasn’t chock full of all the spelling and grammar errors that has become synonymous with reading almost anything on the internet. I’m happy to have found this site.

    As for this episode and update, Sebastian is the biggest pile of flash-frozen, mass-produced, prepackaged, sloppy, dripping, oozing, disgusting, cat-dog feces spread across a sidewalk at noon on a hot day, that I have ever seen! He is narcissistic and brain-dead if he thinks the people he talks to and sits with at that restaurant like him! IF they actually liked him, they would pay for their meals and drinks. Instead they come there knowing his business is struggling, knowing he is going to comp all their food and drinks, and they not only let him do it, it’s the reason they are there at all!

    He isn’t even good at being a proper narcissist, he’s much too gullible!! It’s such a shame that such a horrible, inconsiderate and downright stupid restaurant owner had such awesome, loyal staff working for him. Then he simply abandoned them. I find it easy to believe he did that. I would love to know what the relationship between Sebastian and his wife is like (we need more info Nick). In the scene where he and she were sitting at the table, I could see in her eyes a look of contempt. It was like she would rather have been anywhere else, talking to anyone else; I can’t say I blame her. IF I had been his wife, he would be single and so would I! But, you just never know, maybe she is every bit as bad as he is!!

    I sincerely hope that all of the staff (except buzzard) ended up somewhere a lot better. Either at decent restaurants with wonderful, kind owners or in the movies and on a stage coming to somewhere near you real soon!!

    Congrats on reaching the end… I wish you, your family and your loved ones great health, lasting happiness and many successes in 2022 and beyond!! Take care and be safe!!

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