(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: October 3, 2007
The Mixing Bowl Address: 2601 Merrick Rd Bellmore, NY 11710
The Mixing Bowl Eatery was a Bellmore, New York restaurant featured on season 1 of Kitchen Nightmares.
Though the The Mixing Bowl 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 3.
In this episode, Gordon Ramsay and his crew head to The Mixing Bowl restaurant to…mix things up (sorry – I had to do it!).
The Mixing Bowl Eatery is located in Bellmore, New York.
Billy and Lisa Galletti own the restaurant.
If you’re not familiar with New York geography, Belmore is located on the south shore of Long Island, NY.
This makes it one of several Long Island Kitchen Nightmares episodes – Gordon definitely seems to like that area.
Billy is the cook, and Lisa serves, although she would prefer the restaurant be shut down.
Mike is the manager, but most customers believe he is the owner because he chats with the customers so much.
The staff finds Mike challenging to work with.
What’s more, Billy and Lisa’s marriage is strained because of The Mixing Bowl.
Gordon arrives at an empty restaurant. Gordon is greeted by Mike, who is his server.
Mike boasts that they serve healthy foods.
Gordon wants to order the “award-winning” crab cakes, but Mike has no idea what award they won.
Lol – it’s like how every blogger calls themselves an “Award-winning writer” nowadays”.
Gordon also orders the zucchini pancakes and north Atlantic salmon.
As Gordon Ramsay eats the food at The Mixing Bowl, Mike hovers around him until Gordon finally tells him to leave.
Maybe that’s a good thing because Gordon isn’t a huge fan of the food (which is pretty much par for the course).
Gordon says the crab cakes aren’t fresh, but were still ok.
The zucchini is bland, and the salmon is over seasoned.
Gordon Ramsay then meets with Billy and gives him feedback.
During dinner, Mike hands out half-off coupons and admits they have been doing that for eight years.
How can a restaurant make money if they’re offering half-off deals? It makes no sense!
Gordon asks Mike to see all the promotions the restaurant runs. Mike brings in all of the signs they put out front.
Mike says to Gordon that none of the signs worked and were expensive to make.
Gordon sits with Lisa and Billy and tells them that Mike is too much. They need to reign him in or let him go.
Gordon says they can shut down that night and be done with it. Billy wants to stay open, and Lisa is ready to walk away.
The following day Gordon returns with a woodchipper to destroy Mike’s signs.
Gordon tells the staff that the area has gone from four to forty-one restaurants in just ten years.
There are no healthy-themed restaurants, though, and Gordon decides to brand the restaurant as the premier health restaurant of Bellmore!
Gordon challenges Billy to a cook-off using all fresh ingredients.
Billy creates a salmon dish that Gordon is impressed by, adding it to the new menu.
Orders keep coming in, and the kitchen keeps up, but Mike is a problem.
He is still schmoozing and very unprofessional.
The staff complains that Mike takes half of their tips, but he does less work.
Mike argues he is entitled to those tips.
Billy steps up and tells Mike to be a team player, but Mike smirks in response.
Relaunch day has come, and Gordon has renovated the dining room.
The décor is changed to look high-end.
Gordon reveals the new, healthy items from the menu.
The staff and Gordon walk around to gyms and spas to promote the restaurant.
That night The Mixing Bowl is fully booked. Mike had overbooked the restaurant and forgot to reserve a table for the local football team.
They finally found a table for the football team, and the night was a success.
After cooking up some delicious dishes, Billy came out of the kitchen to be congratulated by the customers and Gordon Ramsay.
So was The Mixing Bowl Kitchen Nightmares episode a long-term success?
Keep reading my update to learn what happened to the restaurant and how it’s doing in 2024 and beyond.
The Mixing Bowl Update - What Happened Next?
In the weeks after the episode originally aired on TV, things seemed to be going well at The Mixing Bowl.
Business was up and Billy was doing a good job of mingling with the customers and making sure they were taken care of.
The restaurant also hosted a fun run to engage with customers – it was called the First Annual Mixing Bowl Mile.
The Mixing Bowl Gordon Ramsay Revisit in Season 2
Gordon Ramsay revisited The Mixing Bowl in the first ever revisited episode, which was episode 1 of season 2.
When Gordon visited, it seemed like Mike, the manager, was doing a better job.
The restaurant’s profits were up and Billy and Lisa’s marriage also seemed to be doing better.
If you want to see the Mixing Bowl restaurant revisit part, it starts around the 39 minute mark in this video:
However, the good times wouldn’t last and there’s actually some backstory here that shows things might not be as they seemed.
Is The Mixing Bowl still open after Kitchen Nightmares?
The Mixing Bowl closed in January 2009, which was around a year and three months after the Kitchen Nightmares episode aired.
However, the restaurant had actually closed shortly before even filming the episode back in March 2007.
In fact, the only reason the restaurant reopened was to be on Kitchen Nightmares.
When you consider the fact that the restaurant was basically already dead in the water when Gordon Ramsay got there, it’s actually pretty impressive that it managed to stay open for almost two years after Gordon Ramsay’s visit.
As of 2023, the old The Mixing Bowl Bellmore, NY location is occupied by a new restaurant named Anthony’s Kitchen & Cocktails.
Reviews for the new restaurant seem pretty good as it has a 4.5 star rating on its Yelp page.
Here’s what the old The Mixing Bowl Eatery location looks like in the most recent picture from Google Maps street view:
What happened to Billy and Lisa Galletti (the owners)?
Billy and Lisa Galletti were the owners of The Mixing Bowl.
As of 2022, Billy is the President of Jr Alta Foods and living in Plainview, New York according to his Facebook page.
I can’t find any update beyond that, so I’m not sure if he’s still working there as of late 2023.
I’m not sure what happened to Lisa Galletti or whether the two are still married.
I wish both of them the best!
Is The Mixing Bowl Eatery owner dead?
For some reason, there’s a rumor that the Mixing Bowl Eatery owner is dead.
I’m not sure where that came from, but I see people Googling it.
That is not true, though.
As far as I can tell, they’re both very much alive.
People always seem to be Googling to see whether people died – I don’t get it!
Most of the people you saw on Kitchen Nightmares are alive and doing well.
Final thoughts on The Mixing Bowl restaurant
Overall, The Mixing Bowl Kitchen Nightmares episode was never going to be successful because the restaurant was already having massive issues even before Gordon Ramsay arrived.
Remember, it had already closed and only reopened because Gordon Ramsay was visiting.
Given that, it’s actually impressive that Gordon Ramsay was able to help keep this place open for more than a year.
As of 2023, the old The Mixing Bowl New York location is occupied by a new restaurant named Anthony’s Kitchen & Cocktails.
Billy and Lisa seem to still be living in New York.
There were a bunch of other New York Kitchen Nightmares episodes if you want to see more restaurants from that state.
Here’s a random sampling of good ones to read:
- Black Pearl update
- Dillon’s / Purnima update
- Mojito update
- Mama Maria’s update
- Classic American update
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Last updated: 2023-12-19 05:03