(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: November 7, 2007
Sebastian's Address: 10057 Riverside Dr Toluca Lake, California 91602
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