(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 5 | View All Season 5 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: February 10, 2012
Spin A Yarn Address: 45915 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539
Spin A Yarn Steakhouse, AKA Saki’s Spin A Yarn Restaurant, was a Fremont, California restaurant featured on season 5 of Kitchen Nightmares. The Spin A Yarn Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in February 2012, but the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place much earlier in October 2011. It was episode 13 of season 5.
In this episode of Kitchen Nightmares Chef Gordon Ramsay takes us to Spin A Yarn Restaurant in Fremont, California where we meet the owner, Greek immigrant, Saki, and his wife, Jennifer.
When business started declining, Jennifer spent an extra $650,000 of Saki’s initial $300,000 budget to remodel the restaurant.
Unfortunately, remodeling the restaurant did not change the restaurant’s downward trajectory, and now the couple constantly fights, putting a huge strain on their relationship.
Saki takes Gordon on a tour of the restaurant to view the renovations, the bathroom has expensive tiles on the walls, and Saki reveals that the bathroom alone cost $80,000 to renovate.
It certainly was a nice bathroom, but maybe the money could’ve been better spent elsewhere?
There is also a new fireplace, a marble bar top, and many more extravagant updates on a building they don’t even own, but lease.
Gordon asks what the theme of the restaurant is and Saki responds that they serve seafood, pasta, continental cuisine, and they are a steakhouse.
Gordon then sits down to order and he is served by Mary, who informs Gordon that she believes the food is outdated. Gordon then orders a Greek sampler, a crab Louie, and a filet mignon.
When the Greek sampler arrives, Gordon finds it ghastly, stating that most of the ingredients were from a can.
The crab Louie arrives and Gordon states that it does not smell fresh, and he was shocked to learn that the crab meat also came straight from a can.
The last dish is the filet mignon and Gordon states that it is chewy, rubbery, and tastes like cough medicine.
The cough medicine bit is one of Gordon’s weirder food criticisms, but it certainly doesn’t sound appealing.
After the meal Gordon meets with the owners and the staff in the kitchen to give feedback.
We meet Victor, who is the head chef and has eight years of experience cooking.
When Gordon asked Victor why the food was so poor, Victor replied that he was just following the recipes that were given to him.
Gordon then returns to observe the restaurant during a dinner rush and finds that the kitchen is seriously understaffed. There is no expediter, sous chef, and Victor is washing the dishes.
The entrées are leaving the kitchen, but they are also being returned just as quickly with complaints and most of the food is thrown away.
Gordon observes that Saki is just watching, while the cooks are struggling and the head chef is washing dishes.
Gordon smells something funky and walks back to the walk-in to discover raw meat sitting next to cooked meat.
He also discovers moldy strawberries and produce, unlabeled and rotten chicken, and raw meat in congealed blood.
After showing the owners his discovery in the walk-in and freezer, he goes outback to have a discussion with the owners, who are both very embarrassed.
Gordon states that he would not have even allowed the restaurant to be open that night had he seen the freezer first.
The next day, Gordon tells the owners that they need to focus on a single cuisine, and changes the name of the restaurant to Spin A Yarn Steakhouse.
Gordon also slims down the menu making it less complicated and easier to read. Everyone samples the new menu and loves every dish.
The night of relaunch and the restaurant is packed.
The prime rib is a huge hit with the customers, such a hit that they almost run out during the middle of the dinner service, but Victor reveals that he ordered extra to make sure that that didn’t happen, avoiding a crisis.
Good job, Victor!
The night ends and Gordon is very pleased with how everything went.
Spin A Yarn Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Spin A Yarn Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about the question you’re probably most wondering about.
Is Spin A Yarn from Kitchen Nightmares still open?
Spin A Yarn is still open and receiving customers in Fremont, California as of 2022. The restaurant got a new chef in 2012 after the Kitchen Nightmares episode aired and newer reviews seem better, with a four star rating on TripAdvisor and a 4.4 rating on Google Reviews.
The Spin A Yarn Yelp reviews aren’t quite as good, though, as the restaurant has just 3.5 stars.
If you want to see the menu or book a visit, you can learn more on the official Spin A Yarn website, which includes Spin A Yarn opening hours and other details.
Does Saki still own Spin A Yarn?
As of 2022, Saki still owns Spin A Yarn and manages the restaurant on a daily basis. Saki Kavouniaris, a Greek immigrant, originally bought the restaurant in 1995 and he still maintains full control.
Is Saki from Spin A Yarn still married?
As far as we can tell, Saki and Jennifer Kavouniaris are still married. There was a 2020 article by a local Fox news affiliate that has quotes from both Saki and Jennifer about offering free meals to first responders.
They’re both still listed as owners and Jennifer is still using Saki’s last name, so we assume they’re still together.
Saki does list himself as single on his Facebook page, but that could just be an oversight because he doesn’t seem very active there.
Overall, I’m not sure about what’s happening here, but I hope they’re still married because I always wish the best for all of the owners from Kitchen Nightmares. Well, most of them at least haha.
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Last updated: 2022-01-29 05:19