Trobiano’s Kitchen Nightmares Update – Open Or Closed?

Is Trobiano's still open?

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

Season: 2 | View All Season 2 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: September 25, 2008
Trobiano's Address: 218 Middle Neck Rd Great Neck, NY 11021
Trobiano's Kitchen Nightmares Update

Episode Recap

Trobiano’s is a Great Neck, New York restaurant featured on season 2 of Kitchen Nightmares. The Trobiano’s Kitchen Nightmares episode originally aired in September, 2008, but the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay happened much earlier in February 2008. It was episode 3 of season 2.

Trobiano’s is a restaurant located in Great Neck on the north shore of Long Island.

The owners had only opened the business three years ago, but they are on the verge of closing.

The owner is Anthony Trobiano. His girlfriend Tiffany works at Trobiano’s, and their relationship is feeling the stress.

They will lose their life savings if the restaurant fails. 

Anthony was only 25 when he opened the restaurant. He has had no previous restaurant experience. Anthony is overconfident. 

When Gordon arrives, he doesn’t like that the restaurant offers early bird specials for $14.95. 

Gordon pokes fun at the older customers who come in for the early bird specials.

Gordon orders the eggplant tower, chicken wrapped shrimp, and the spaghetti Bolognese with salmon.

The eggplant tower comes out cold and tasteless. The chicken-wrapped shrimp was bland and tough.

Anthony is not happy about Gordon sending back his cooking. 

Gordon begins cleaning the kitchen and finds slimy surfaces and dirty dishes lying around. Anthony yells at Gordon that he is not responsible for the cleaning; the staff is.

Gordon wants Anthony to take accountability for his actions as the owner of the restaurant. Gordon gives up on Anthony and leaves for the night, frustrated. 

Anthon tries to talk to Gordon after he calms down. Gordon tells Anthony he should be more humble.

He directs him to return to the kitchen to clean. The next day Gordon decides to take Anthony, Tiffany, and their family on an adventure. He takes them to milk cows at a local farm. 

They’re going to make fresh mozzarella to use at the restaurant. Everyone, including Anthony, relaxes and has a good time.

Upon returning from the farm, Gordon adds dishes with fresh mozzarella. 

During the dinner service, food keeps getting sent back to the kitchen, but Anthony is not testing his food to see the problems.

Anthony becomes overwhelmed, and a pan starts burning. The fire alarm is set off—the evening is not a success. 

The next day is relaunch day. The restaurant has had a makeover.

Gordon invites Barbara Fairchild from the prestigious cooking magazine Bon Appetite for dinner at Trobiano’s.

The servers keep scribbling their orders, and Anthony is having a hard time reading them. 

Despite some hiccups, Barbara Fairchild was very impressed and loved her meal.

What’s more, only one dish was sent back for being too cold throughout the night.

Anthony and Tiffany had told Gordon that they can’t get married because of how busy they are with the restaurant.

But that changes thanks to Gordon’s visit and Anthony proposes to Tiffany on relaunch night with a diamond engagement ring. 

Gordon then surprises the happy couple with a wedding ceremony.

The episode has a happy ending, with the family visibly more relaxed than they were at the start of the episode.

Trobiano's Update - What Happened Next?

Now that we’ve recapped what happened on the Trobiano’s Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about what happened after the cameras stopped filming.

Is Trobiano’s from Kitchen Nightmares still open?

Trobiano’s closed in October 2008, just one month after the Kitchen Nightmares episode aired. The restaurant was seized by New York state because of unpaid back taxes, so it actually wasn’t the food that made Trobiano’s close in the end.

A fan said that they drove by the restaurant and saw a sign on the windows saying that Trobiano’s had been seized for unpaid taxes.

Since the restaurant closed, the old Trobiano’s location in Great Neck, NY has been home to a number of different restaurants including Bijan and La Stella restaurant, though all of them seem to have closed so far.

What happened to Anthony from Trobiano’s?

After Trobiano’s closed, Anthony worked as a chef at Speranza Food Studio for a time. However, that business closed in 2011.

After that, he also worked as an executive chef for a time at a restaurant called Cirella’s in Melville, New York.

However, since that job he seems to have moved outside the restaurant industry and he’s now working in sales, according to Anthony Trobiano’s LinkedIn page.

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  1. Anthony wore is arrogance like a badge of honor. I really felt sad for his in-laws because of their huge financial investment in him.

    • He would walk into work with an extra small “Superman Logo” shirt, like a child.

      He couldn’t execute a lunch service on Fire Island (burgers, chicken sandwiches).

      He had someone buy his restaurant for him and another buy his wedding ring.

      A totally joke. Nothing to be arrogant about

  2. Felt a lot of pain for the in-laws, not so much for Tiffany who is oblivious to Tony’s arrogance and stubbornness. Now the in-laws lose everything due to unpaid taxes!?!?!
    Another Anthony blunder. If I were them I’d never allow my daughter to marry someone like that, she’s too immature to make life decisions. Now, apparently 4 kids later, 4 jobs later for him – it’s too much. No mention of what happened to the poor in-laws.

    • Tiffany’s mother passed away about 5 months ago. Nothing recent with or about Anthony in it.

      I am from this area and for girls, getting married and having kids is the only thing that they are told matters.

      One thing I will say is most women have the sense to find a man who can support them; not one who needs her parents to finance him.

  3. I feel bad for the restaurant’s original owners and giving him that restaurant and all that trust. What were they thinking? Feel sorry for that family. They seemed like good people. Taken in by a guy who probably watched too much self-help stuff and thought he could just wing it as a chef.

  4. Gordon should have changed the restaurant’s name to McDonalds. That usually works. Especially because McDonalds constitutes fine dining on Long Island. PS the Mets still suck.

  5. Trobiano’s espisode was interesting. Lots of lessons to be learned. The parents took the brunt of the fall. I feel sorry for them, too much blind trust and not enough knowledge of a very difficult highly competitive industry. Others hopefully will be more careful. Gordon hopefully will check debt more carefully. It sounds like the business may have been doomed to fail from back taxes.


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