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Season: 7 | View All Season 7 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: May 2, 2014
Zayna Flaming Grill Address: 1310 S Pacific Coast Hwy Redondo Beach, California 90277
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In 2014 a two part episode of Kitchen Nightmares focused on The Zayna Flaming Grill, in Rodondo Beach, California. The grill was co-owned by a Aunt and her Niece, 50/50 partners in the business, who both told Chef Ramsey they would fire the other if they were not related. The one thing the two did agree on, was that their food was excellent, however, unfortunately, Gordon was unimpressed with food that was advertised as freshly made, but was in fact frozen, unappetising, or over cooked.
The hummus at the restaurant was watery and bland, and during a dinner service Ramsey switched it with shop bought product. The dinners’ much more positive reaction to the bought in product helped show The Grill’s owners that something needed to change with the food.
Another issue Chef Ramsey noticed was tension between the owners, and the staff. Control freak Fay, the older owner, was unable to trust her staff or her business partner to prep or run the kitchen. This lead to feelings of resentment on both sides, with Brenda arguing that no one could help her Aunt, because she is so critical. The staff meeting with Chef Ramsey quickly turned into a shouting match, with blame and accusations being thrown around about the staff and the owner’s work ethics.
Fay observed a lunch service using secret cameras, which allowed her to see that while there were some issues, her niece was capable of running the restaurant. After a modern makeover with pop art in blues, reds, and white The Zayna Flaming Grill relaunched, with a new, fresh menu. Once the kitchen got busy communication became an issue, but Gordon and Brenda were able to support Fey, and the service was a success.
Zayna Flaming Grill Update - What Happened Next?
After the cameras left, the Zayna Flaming Grill continued with Gordon’s menu and fresh food incentive, and also kept the new decor. Their reviews, though not entirely negative before the appearance on the show, were mostly positive after the changes. Unfortunately, not all these changes stuck, and Fay was unable to give up her micromanaging attitude. Though the food changes were kept, communication broke down again, and Fay returned to her critical ways. As a result, some of the staff featured in the show left, which may have created further tension, as the business was family run. It does seem that Brenda was able to maintain some leadership, and keep the diners generally impressed with the restaurants food.
Though the restaurant has bucked the ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ trend by staying open, it has changed ownership since the series was filmed. The new owner, named Ray, still runs the Zayna Flaming Grill as a family restaurant, and the business is active on social media, posting on both Facebook, where they have a 4.8 star rating, and Twitter. Reviews are still overall positive, with diners enjoying the food, and the friendly service, often from the new owner himself.
The Zayna Flaming Grill, despite changing hands, still makes the most of its time in the spotlight, posting on social media and their website with links to the show, and Chef Ramsay, as well as hosting special events, such as a series of food and wine tasting evenings in 2016, and grand openings, receptions, and birthdays. This restaurant seems to be doing a good business, and is deservedly one of only 40% of places features on Kitchen Nightmares that have not end up closing their doors for good.
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Last updated: 2017-05-20 02:23