The Majority of Restaurants Featured on Kitchen Nightmares Are Now Closed

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You can give a restaurant a fancy new menu, but that doesn't mean it will survive.
With news of the Kitchen Nightmares series coming to an end, we're looking back -- and it's certainly been a long and bumpy ride for Gordon Ramsay and every restaurant owner on the show. It's safe to say that some of those featured restaurants faired better than others. In fact, over 60 percent of the restaurants featured on the show are no longer operating.

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According to Grub Street, 47 out of 77 restaurants featured in the American series have closed since Ramsay visited their restaurants. That's not to place the blame on Ramsay, since it'd be fair to argue that almost all of them would've closed regardless of if they were on the show.

However, it is interesting to note that nearly 30 percent of those restaurants didn't even make it a year after their episodes aired. It's also odd that all of the restaurants on season two have since closed. One of the most recent episodes featured Bella Luna, a mother-son owned Italian joint that seemed almost destined for failure do to a combined lack of any restaurant experience and just general bad choices. That restaurant closed less than four months after filming.

Overall, restaurants are a pretty big risk. According to a 2007 Bloomberg Businessweek report, about 25% of restaurants close or change ownership in the first year and about 60% close within three, showing Ramsay's success/failure rate is on par with the industry. All that pretty much means is that Gordon Ramsay isn't a restaurant miracle cure.

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41 comments
Matt Monger
Matt Monger

What does 2 suicides have to do with this? You blaming Ramsey and the show for this? Dumb

Jay Mutum
Jay Mutum

Thank you for taking comment right out of my mouth. Majority of the Bar rescue business closed shortly after remodel as well. DOOOOMED as you stated.

Jeremy L. Gonzalez
Jeremy L. Gonzalez

He works with the most at risk for failure, many already weeks away from closing

Christine Nimitz
Christine Nimitz

Hmmm. That seems rather silly. There are plenty of good restaurants out there.

Terri LaValle
Terri LaValle

But Amy's in Scottsdale, Az. is still opened. One of the worst run restaurants ever to appear on the show. Even Gordon Ramsey gave up on them and walked out..............

Alex Gutierrez
Alex Gutierrez

He doesn't perform miracles, he also can't fix stupid. .. don't blame him. ..

Dani Cordaro
Dani Cordaro

not to mention at least 2 of the restaurant owners have committed suicide.

Snail Erato
Snail Erato

Why am i not surprised ?! Because, as tells the song: "There is no business like showbusiness !"

Leslie Feeley
Leslie Feeley

Anyone who gets in the restaurant business is an idiot!!

Tyler Carvin Smith
Tyler Carvin Smith

Business in general is not easy, restaurants especially. What most people miss about business is it takes a well rounded team. Many skillsets and team cohesion are what make a business great.

Tony Ellis
Tony Ellis

This is what happens when dumbass people, who are (insert any profession other than restaurant related) come up with the "cool" thing to do is to buy a restaurant or bar. They throw money at their problems instead of facing them head on, that fucks over the people who do it right and are given a black eye.

Kristen Mozaffari
Kristen Mozaffari

I like the show. Lol Some were very successfully turned around. Echoing others: all the help in the world can't fix bad management.

James Thompson
James Thompson

Amy's Baking Company is a money laundering front for Sammy's drug dealing profits. That is the only explanation to me for their fake restaurant.

David James
David James

The old saying that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" seems to be true for them...sadly.

David James
David James

Making ABC still being open completely inexplicable :-)

David James
David James

The great irony is that ABC is still open. Inexplicable!

Angela Dalessandro
Angela Dalessandro

Not the shows fault. Shit rolls down hill. Bad ownership/management will fail any restaurant no matter what help you get

Carole Magary
Carole Magary

Thats because they did not follow through on Chef Ramsey ' s changes.

Michael Schilling
Michael Schilling

Because the people are too stubborn to listen to common sense.

Fredy Erik Vasquez
Fredy Erik Vasquez

I'm pretty sure the restaurants were doomed anyway...I don't see how it's the shows fault...some people just don't knew how to run a business.

Daniel Reigada
Daniel Reigada

ABC still open. Wonder if the publicity was good for business. Go figure.

James Holmes
James Holmes

I blame Gordon. Had he not intervened that could have been 100%. What a shame that any of them are still open... Especially Amys Baking Company.

michaelromalley
michaelromalley

I don't think it has as much to do with bad publicity, as it is terrible business sense. These people can't balance a checkbook to save their lives. Unfortunately Gordon can't do anything about that... 

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