Kitchen Nightmares (US) S05 E09: Michon’s at College Park in Georgia, Atlanta

Kitchen Nightmares (US) S05 E09: Michon's at College Park in Georgia, Atlanta - CLOSED

In this edition of Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay visits Michon's at College Park in Georgia, Atlanta. Michon’s is a smokehouse and restaurant owned by Al and Gaye Wilson and their daughter Natalie Michon Wilson who also works in the restaurant and handles HR. Al named the restaurant Michon’s after his daughter’s name and hoped to pass the restaurant on to her one day, but she lacks sense of responsibility.

The restaurant was running good till the time Al was running it. However due to his illness Al became unable to keep it running. The staff say that the restaurant lacks management and as there is no leader, everyone does what he/she may like. Food standards are down and there is nothing anyone is doing.

Michons at College Park in Georgia Atlanta
Michons at College Park in Georgia Atlanta

Before going to the restaurant Al meets Gordon and tells him that he wants to pass on the restaurant to his daughter but his daughter is more of hands-off kind of person and she does not involve in the restaurant as much as she should. Gordon gets amazed to know that Al is down $200,000 and he watches his restaurant from home with 18 cameras.

Gordon arrives at the restaurant and meets Gaye Wilson and Natalie. Gordon is impressed with the decor of the restaurant. Natalie tells Gordon that she spends most of her time in the back office which irritates Gordon and he calls her on that. Gordon meets server Todesha who claims that only work Natalie is good at is payrolls. Other than that she does not think Natalie involves her much in any other aspect of the restaurant.

Episode Related Info:
Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 05 Episode 09

Restaurant Name: Michon’s, College Park, Georgia, Atlanta
Filming: September 2011
Air Date: 13 January, 2012
Restaurant Close Date: November 2015
Current Status: Closed

Is Michon's at College Park in Georgia, Atlanta closed?

Yelp reports the restaurant closed. As per few reports this restaurant closed in August 2013, it looks like they made a comeback and were operational till November 2015. Their twitter stream have updates till November 2015 as well.

 

Food Sampling:

As Gordon places his order, Gaye brings him complementary chicken wing. Gordon likes the sauce however the chicken is dry. Todesha also brings in ordered food which is not having fresh chicken, poor salad, old brisket which has rubber like chicken. Chicken is dry in each and every dish. The sides are also poor, the black eyed peas are shocking and he makes Todesha sample them too.

Gordon meets the six cooks and finds out that there is no head chef. They also confirm that every single food that Gordon sampled came from microwave. He is shocked to find perfectly fine high end smokers in the backside of the kitchen, this puzzles him even more.

 

Dinner service and kitchen inspection:

For dinner service Daniel takes charge of the service and as menu consists of just reheating the frozen burgers, food leaves the kitchen very fast. But, as the orders pile up and order management is difficult, Chef and Daniele start a fight over one order. Chef David threatens to beat up Daniel, Daniel fires him and the whole kitchen goes down in chaos.

Within few minutes of leaving, chef David comes back to get his cheque and fights with the owners over his due money. Daniel breaks down after this whole fight, Gordon consoles him and advice him to stay strong. Daniel gets that sense of trust and confidence from Gordon and he gets back to the kitchen.

During the dinner service, Gordon notices that all chefs are doing is to reheat already prepared food. He investigates the storage further and finds tons and tons of prepared chicken wings. Staff is surprised to see this much food. Gordon talks to Natalie and tells her that she just got it very easy and she does no want to run this place. This upsets Natalie.

The next day, Gordon make the owners sit and watch his meeting with the staff. In staff meeting things became clear that the restaurant is not having any leadership and everyone is looking for that. Gordon confronts Natalie once again and she tells her parents that she is willing to take the responsibility from here on. Gordon asks Natalie to make one head chef and she appoints Terrance as head chef.

 

Restaurant makeover and relaunch::

Gordon revamps the whole menu and designed food options around the smokers. The owners and the staff love the new food. Gordon also introduces the staff to Chef Adam, an experienced barbecue chef as consultant to help them learn the trade.

On relaunch night, Gordon invites VIP guests, barbecue experts to create that initial buzz around the new menu. The kitchen sends out food on time initially but due to a missed item all orders get stalled and sit on the waiting window. Natalie step up and gives reviews a tour of the smoker. That buys enough time to the kitchen to make a comeback.

 

 

Kitchen keeps sending out quality food and the customers are happy with the food, the relaunch is a success.

What happened to Michon's at College Park in Georgia, Atlanta after relaunch?

Yelp reports the restaurant closed. As per few reports this restaurant closed in August 2013, it looks like they made a comeback and were operational till November 2015. Their twitter stream have updates till November 2015 as well. They branched out at a new location - Downtown Michon’s restaurant burnt down in a fire in March 2012.

In March 2014, they were planning to branch out to The Washington Avenue, no evidence of the operation apart from the news report.

Reviews prior to close were very negative across all the review portals. There were random positive reviews as well but they were too little too late.

 

Is Michon's at College Park in Georgia, Atlanta closed?

Yelp reports the restaurant closed. As per few reports this restaurant closed in August 2013, it looks like they made a comeback and were operational till November 2015. Their twitter stream have updates till November 2015 as well.

 

Resources:

  1. IMDB episode info
  2. Still running Michon'e Wix webpage
  3. Blackberry's Catering Website
  4. Michon's smokehouse Facebook
  5. Michon's smokehouse Twitter
  6. Michon's smokehouse Yelp profile
  7. Michon's smokehouse reviews on TripAdvisor

 

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Episode Related Info:
Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 05 Episode 09
Restaurant Name:
Michon’s, College Park, Georgia, Atlanta
Filming: September 2011
Air Date:
13 January, 2012
Restaurant Close Date:
November 2015
Current Status: CLOSED

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