(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 (Los Angeles), California restaurant featured on Season 1 of Kitchen Nightmares.
Though the Sebastian’s Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in November 2007, the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place at the beginning of 2007.
It was Kitchen Nightmares Season 1 Episode 6.
In this episode, Gordon Ramsay heads to Sebastian’s Restaurant in Hollywood Los Angeles.
The Sebastian’s Burbank location is near Warner Bros and Universal Studios – great company.
As you’d expect from the Sebastian’s Hollywood location, Sebastian is a part-time actor in addition to being the Sebastian’s owner.
The owner, Sebastian Di 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 Sonja 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 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 as usual.
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 Ramsay tried to talk some sense into him but Sebastian just kept shouting.
Gordon later returned and Sebastian realized that he needed to change…though it still didn’t seem very convincing.
So was the Kitchen Nightmares Sebastian’s episode a success?
Keep reading my update to learn what happened next and if Sebastian’s is still open in 2023 and beyond.
Sebastian's Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Sebastian’s Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about what happened after Gordon Ramsay and his crew left Hollywood, Los Angeles.
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.
You can probably guess exactly how that went…
Is Sebastian’s still open in 2023?
Sebastian’s restaurant closed in January 2008, which is just a few months after the Sebastian’s Kitchen Nightmares episode aired on TV (though it’s more like a year after the actual visit from Gordon Ramsay).
The old Sebastian’s Hollywood Los Angeles location then became Robano’s, a pizza restaurant. However, Robano’s also closed in 2014.
After that, the old Sebastian’s Burbank location was taken over by another restaurant named The Red Door.
Reviews for The Red Door seemed to be solid.
You can check out The Red Door’s Yelp page here.
The Red Door stayed open up until around 2022.
However, it’s now also closed.
According to Google Maps street view, it seems like the old Sebastian’s Los Angeles location has been demolished.
In the picture, which was taken in February 2023, I see a big pile of dirt and heavy equipment.
I’ve embedded the Google Maps street view for the location so that you can see it for yourself:
If you live near the old Sebastian’s Toluca Lake location and know what’s happening to it, please let me know in the comments section.
I did some digging and it seems like a developer is planning to build a 38-unit apartment complex on the location.
The article says that this developer has owned the property since 2003, so it would’ve been the same owner who rented the property to Sebastian’s restaurant.
Why did Sebastian’s from Kitchen Nightmares close?
The Sebastian’s owner claimed it was due to “family reasons” since the whole family had to go back to Boston.
However, the chef at the restaurant disputes that story.
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’s also moved away from Hollywood, to New England.
Below, you can see an Instagram post from Sebastian advertising his tree removal company:
In August/September 2023, Sebastian DiModica also announced that he was running for Selectman.
I wasn’t aware of this term, but it seems like Selectman is a unique term to New England that’s similar to City Councilman in other areas.
Sebastian has signs and everything.
Here’s one of the posts from his Instagram:
Best of luck with the election, Sebastian!
If you want to keep up with him, here’s a link to Sebastian’s Instagram page.
Before the move, he also had a movie role in 2013 for the film Angels around Me where he played the detective, so it seems like he was still acting after Kitchen Nightmares.
Here’s the official trailer for Angels Around Me – there’s a good shot of Sebastian at around the 28 second mark (the whole video is only 2 minutes long).
His most famous role is still a 2000 appearance in Our Lips Are Sealed, a movie with the Olsen twins.
You can check out his IMDB page to see his work.
Is Sebastian from Kitchen Nightmares dead?
For some reason, a lot of people are searching if Sebastian is dead.
He’s not dead – he lives in New England and runs a landscaping company.
I’m not sure why people think Sebastian DiModica is dead, but he seems to be very much alive.
What happened to Sonja from Sebastian’s restaurant?
Sonja – full name Sonja Amavisca-Pinkoski – was the waitress from the episode who gave Gordon Ramsay the inside scoop about the true quality of the food.
Like Sebastian (and as you’d expect from someone living in Burbank), Sonja also had an acting career.
She worked as an actress in a few movies in 2013 and she also worked in the makeup department for a film.
You can see Sonja’s full IMDB page here. Here’s a screenshot in case something changes:
She also seems to have done some music as well for a time.
Here’s a Twitter page for her musical collab – she seems to have played the violin.
I’m not sure what else she’s been doing, though, as none of that seems like a full-time job.
What happened to Chef Q from Sebastian’s restaurant?
Chef Q was the Sebastian’s chef from the Kitchen Nightmares episode.
As I mentioned above, there’s a pretty interesting story here.
After leaving Sebastian’s, Chef Q actually moved to another restaurant that was featured on Kitchen Nightmares.
He showed up as the chef at Casa Roma in Lancaster CA in Season 3.
The Casa Roma owner saw Chef Q on the show and liked his style, so she hired him when he showed up.
Below, you can see a clip of Chef Q from the Casa Roma episode:
I’m not sure what he’s been up to since then, but I imagine he’s still cooking.
What happened to Lou-Bertha from Sebastian’s Kitchen Nightmares episode?
A lot of people are wondering about what happened to Lou-Bertha from Sebastians.
Unfortunately, I can’t find any information about what happened to her after Kitchen Nightmares.
If you know anything, please let me know in the comments. I hope she’s doing well as she seemed like a great person.
Final Thoughts on Sebastian’s after Kitchen Nightmares
The Kitchen Nightmares Sebastian’s episode is quite popular because of Sebastian’s…personality, let’s say.
However, the restaurant didn’t have much success, as it closed just a few months after the episode aired on TV.
The old Sebastian’s Hollywood Los Angeles location was occupied by a new restaurant named The Red Door as recently as 2022.
But in 2023, it seems like the properly has been demolished and is being rebuilt as a 38-unit apartment complex.
Sebastian DiModica had a few acting roles here and there, but he mainly seems to be running a landscaping company in New England.
In August/September of 2023, Sebastian also announced that he was running for Selectman in his local town.
Sonja, the Sebastian’s waitress, also has acted in some roles.
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Last updated: 2023-09-15 10:07