Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 2 Episode 3: Giuseppi’s Trattoria, Macomb Township, Michigan

Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 2 Episode 3: Giuseppi's Trattoria, Macomb Township, Michigan - CLOSED

UPDATED : 26 December 2019

In this kitchen Nightmares episode, Gordon Ramsay visits Giuseppi's Trattoria, Macomb Township, Michigan. This family-run restaurant is owned by Joe Borgia and his wife, Kathy Borgia. Joe and Kathy are experienced restauranteurs and have run few successful restaurants in past. After retirement, they start Giuseppi's so as to cover for their son, Sam. However, Joe does not think that Sam is ready or he makes any efforts to run the business. Sam thinks that Joe is unappreciative of anything he does and Mom Kathy is caught between the two. Brian, the part-time chef also thinks that Sam is not stepping up and Joe is working extra hard. Joe reveals that he is diabetic and still he has to be in the kitchen every day because Sam does not put the time to learn and he is not serious enough to take charge. Kathy picks up Gordon and on their way to the restaurant shares the complete picture of the trouble at the restaurant.

One year after the relaunch, Gordon revisited Giuseppi's Trattoria, Macomb Township, following article shares the update. Gordon revisits Giuseppi's Trattoria, Macomb Township

Episode Related Info:

Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 2 Episode 3
Restaurant Name: Giuseppi's Trattoria, Macomb Township, Michigan
Filming: February 2008
Air Date: 18 September 2008
Restaurant Close Date: July 2009
Current Status: CLOSED

Is Giuseppi's Trattoria, Macomb Township, Michigan closed?

Yes, Giuseppi's Trattoria closed in July 2009, before closure they had one positive review on Yelp and overall positive reviews on yellow pages. Owners blamed the state of the economy for the closure of the restaurant.

Food Sampling:

Gordon checks menu and decor which are both dated. Gordon orders eggplant rollatini, potato skins, and an octopus salad. To his surprise service is quite fast, but, the octopus in the salad is rubbery, he asks waitress Dawn to taste octopus and she confirms the same. Cheese on potato skin is disgusting and Gordon cannot identify any taste in rollatini because it is microwaved. After sampling the menu, Gordon meets with the chefs. There is no place for potato skins in an Italian restaurant. Joe tries to defend and add an excuse but Gordon makes it clear that job of fixing the restaurant is tough and Joe should not come up with excuses.

Giuseppis Trattoria Macomb Township Kitchen Nightmares
Giuseppis Trattoria Macomb Township Kitchen Nightmares

Gordon arrives at the dinner service, he notices that food leaves the kitchen very fast. Brian is using the microwave to reheat pre-cooked food. Food service is fast but is very sloppy. Food starts to come back to the kitchen with complaints. Sam starts to re-do an order and Joe hovers over him and finally asks Sam to leave the kitchen and starts cooking himself. After a horrible dinner service, Gordon sits with the whole staff and asks straight questions. Joe does not think Sam is ready because he does not put any time to learn, he thinks Sam’s involvement is too less. Sam thinks that he is doing all he can but his father never appreciates it.

The next morning, Gordon sits with joe and asks him about his health issues. Joe tells him that even in his current state he has to run the restaurant, Joe does not have health insurance due to financial situation the restaurant is in.

In order to bring the flair back Gordon pits Joe and Sam against each other with same ingredients and ask them to make any dish, they like to cook. The competition excites both Sam and Joe. Joe's pork dish beats Sam's salmon dish but Gordon adds both as specials for that evening. Gordon asks Joe to expedite and Sam to handle the kitchen. Customers like the specials, but, Joe, out of his habit gets back to cooking which slows kitchen down. Gordon forces Joe out of the kitchen, Sam gets the control back and food starts to leave kitchen again.

Gordon with owners at Giuseppis Trattoria Macomb Township kitchen Nightmares
Gordon with owners at Giuseppis Trattoria Macomb Township kitchen Nightmares

Relaunch:

Before the relaunch, Gordon asks Kathy, Joe, and Sam to write a letter about what they feel and think about Joe and Sam. Overnight Gordon’s design team makes all changes to the decor of the restaurant, everyone like the new changes. Family photos on walls of the restaurant add a whole new story to the restaurant’s appeal. For promoting the relaunch, Gordon organizes the first ever Giuseppi's bowlathon with American Diabetes Association. At dinner service, out of habit, once again, Joe starts to cook and becomes active in the kitchen but is removed, but then, Brian starts imitating Gordon. Bad food starts to leave kitchen and customers start complaining, Brian begins ranting and blaming Gordon, he gets angry and leaves the kitchen. The kitchen gets backed up and Joe comes out for the rescue. He along with Sam close the queue timely. Before leaving, Gordon asks them to read the letters they have written which turn into an emotional tear fest.

What happened next?


Gordon revisits Giuseppi's in June 2009 (Link to news story). Along with other changes like slimming down the menu, Giuseppi’s (Yelp Link in resources) have gained a long-sought liquor license. Still, due to the state of the economy, the restaurant is not doing well. "It's a struggle to survive, I'm not going to lie," Joe Borgia said. "Our weekends have been improving but weekdays are tough. But even franchises restaurants around us are down 30 percent compared to a year or so ago."
Giuseppi's Trattoria closed in July 2009, before closure they had one positive review on Yelp and overall positive reviews on yellow pages.

Resources:

  1. Episode page on IMDB
  2. Giuseppi's on Yelp
  3. Giuseppi's on YellowPages
  4. Local News on Gordon's revisit to Giuseppi's

Is Giuseppi's Trattoria, Macomb Township, Michigan closed?

Yes, Giuseppi's Trattoria closed in July 2009, before closure they had one positive review on Yelp and overall positive reviews on yellow pages. Owners blame the state of the economy for the closure of the restaurant.

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Episode Related Info:
Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 2 Episode 3
Restaurant Name: Giuseppi's Trattoria, Macomb Township, Michigan
Filming: February 2008
Air Date: 18 September 2008
Restaurant Close Date: July 2009
Current Status: CLOSED

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