Kitchen Nightmares (US) S05 E02: Leone’s, Montclair, New Jersey

Kitchen Nightmares (US) S05 E02: Leone’s, Montclair, New Jersey - OPEN

In this episode of Kitchen Nightmares, chef Ramsay visits once popular family run restaurant Leone’s in Montclair, New Jersey. Started by Rosemary Leone in 1996, this restaurant was once quite popular and busy. Three years ago, Rosemary fell into a coma due to complications from an operation and her son Michael took over the operations of the restaurant.

Michael had no prior experience and because of his laziness, the restaurant operations are affected. Rose returned to the restaurant after two years in coma and is heart broken at the present state of the restaurant. Trudy from staff has to pick up and cover for Michael’s regular work like billing, vendor, payroll for the restaurant.

Leones Montclair New Jersey
Leones Montclair New Jersey

 

Gordon arrives at the restaurant and finds Michael relaxing and watching football just at the restaurant’s entrance. This bugs him and he makes a point to make Michael realize the same. Rose meets Gordon and she tells him that everything in the restaurant is wrong and she needs his help to get everything on track.

Gordon meets the staff in a staff meeting. Trudy tells Gordon that there is no leader in the restaurant and thus it affects the management. Rose tells Gordon that they are loosing $4,000 every week.

Episode Related Info:
Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 05 Episode 02
Restaurant Name:
Leone’s, Montclair, New Jersey
Filming:
Jul 2011
Air Date:
30 Sept, 2011
Restaurant Close Date:
NA
Current Status: OPEN

Is Leone’s, Montclair, NJ closed?

No, Leone’s, Montclair, New Jersey is open and still getting (mostly) positive reviews from the patrons. Michael’s mother, Rosemary Leone passed away on 5th April 2014 (News report of the incident).

Food Sampling:

For food sampling Gordon asks them to prepare one of everything on the menu. He is taken aback to find 100+ dishes. Sampling uncovers loads of more issues with the food. Most of the dishes are bland. Few have too much garlic and food over all is not good. He requests chef to try the dishes, but both the chefs are resistant of their own dishes.

Michael is still reluctant to admit the lower food quality. Gordon isn’t happy and leaves the restaurant.

Dinner service and kitchen inspection:

At the dinner service, though dishes are leaving he kitchen on time, customers are not liking the food. Gordon finds out that not only the chefs are under-trained, state of kitchen is also not good. Gordon inspects the storage and walk in freezer. He finds cross food contamination, old food & food without label in there.

He gathers the staff and show them the improper storage ways that are going on in the restaurant. He ask them to shut down the service and clean the kitchen. Michael also gets down to cleaning the restaurant.

The next day, Gordon takes the staff to an art gallery and show them images of food that is being served in their locality. There is huge contract is the quality of food. Staff understands the difference and they vow to make the needed changes in Leone’s. Once back, Gordon take Michael to the kitchen and gives him bit of training to improve his cooking skills.

Restaurant makeover and relaunch:

Gordon’s design team revamps the restaurant and giving it a bit of complimentary touch. The next day Gordon reveals the relaunch to the Leone’s staff. Everyone likes the new decor. Gordon also replaced the old menu with a new one which has 45 dishes in it. Staff tastes the food and liked the new revamped menu very much.

On the relaunch night, Gordon asks Michael to take ownership of the service and expedite
the queue. Michael’s attitude is positive and he does a good job in expediting initially. In mid way Michael looses control and starts to send food twice to a table. Gordon gives him a pep talk and Michael manages to close the service on a positive note.

Leone montclaire kitchen nightmares
Leone montclaire kitchen nightmares

Gordon is happy with Michael’s efforts. Staff is happy that Michael is now acting like a boss like he should. Rosemary Leone is happy to see her son working and she is confident that they are heading towards the right direction.

What happened next?

Closing act shows that, in coming weeks Michael took over charge in service and most of the reviews coming out of Leone’s are positive. Ratings across portals showcase positive rating. Chef Charchi and Darryl were fired after the filming of the episode.

Gordon revisits the restaurant an year later to find it open and successful. However staff give an update to Gordon that Michael is only available in the restaurant for few hours and most of the times in a local bar.

Rosemary Leone, the owner of Leone’s, Montclair, New Jersey passed away on 5th April 2014 (News report of the incident).

In 2015, Leone also featured in list of 25 first dates: The best places in N.J. for new romance (List collated by NJ.com).

 

Is Leone’s, Montclair, New Jersey closed?

No, Leone’s, Montclair, New Jersey is open and still getting (mostly) positive reviews from the patrons. Michael’s mother, Rosemary Leone passed away on 5th April 2014 (News report of the incident).

 

Resources:

  1. IMDB episode info
  2. Leone's, Montclair, NJ on Yelp
  3. Leone's, Montclair, NJ on Tripadvisor
  4. Leone's website
  5. NJ.com listing Leone's in the roundup
  6. Rosemary Leone passes away
  7. Leone's Facebook. It is more active than everas seen by updates

 

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Episode Related Info:
Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 04 Episode 02
Restaurant Name: Leone’s, Montclair, New Jersey
Filming: Jul 2011
Air Date: 30 Sept, 2011
Restaurant Close Date: NA
Current Status: OPEN

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