Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 2 Episode 10: Fiesta Sunrise, West Nyack, NY

Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 2 Episode 10: Fiesta Sunrise, West Nyack, NY - CLOSED

UPDATED : 26 December 2019

This edition of Kitchen Nightmares takes Gordon Ramsay to Fiesta Sunrise, West Nyack, NY. This Mexican restaurant is owned by Vic, his wife Yolanda and step-daughter Patty. The restaurant is opened for 18 months and is in debt of $850,000. On Papers Patty is the owner of the restaurant but Vic manages it. Prior to this restaurant, Vic and Yolanda run an unsuccessful restaurant Fiesta Garibaldi. After Fiesta Garibaldi restaurant shut down due to bankruptcy, Vic needed money to fund Fiesta Sunrise. Vic and Yolanda took money from Patty to run the new restaurant but things do not look well in new setup now.

Episode Related Info:
Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 2 Episode 10
Restaurant Name: Fiesta Sunrise, West Nyack, NY
Filming: February 2008
Air Date: 13 November 2008
Restaurant Close Date: September 2008
Current Status: CLOSED

Is Fiesta Sunrise, West Nyack, NY closed?

Yes, Fiesta Sunrise closed in September 2008, almost a month ago the original episode got aired. The restaurant was unable to pay the taxes owed to them.

Food Sampling:

Gordon arrives at the restaurant but gets confused because the logo is different. Gordon enters the restaurant and meets Vic who gives Gordon a complimentary drink. Gordon sits down to sample the food and orders a sampler combo plate. Gordon checks the menu and notices that there is a sticker on the front of the menu, he peels it off to reveal the name of another restaurant. Vic tells Gordon that this was his previous restaurant which is closed now. He has kept the same chef, before leaving he brought the menu, recipes, and groceries to the new restaurant.

Fiesta Sunrise West Nyack In Kitchen Nightmares
Fiesta Sunrise West Nyack In Kitchen Nightmares

Gordon’s food arrives, the burrito has very dry chicken as if it was done days ago, the beef is impossible to swallow and rice is old. He asks Vic about rice and is surprised when Vic tells him that rice is for yesterday, which Gordon does not believe and he asks Vic to confirm it with the kitchen. Gordon meets Yolanda and Patty and asks them about the state of the restaurant. Patty tells Gordon that they need to make $22000 per month for survival and at the moment they are barely doing one-third of that. Patty thinks that Vic just wanted them to fund restaurant for himself and he is ruining it down. Gordon feels that, though Vic is largely responsible for running the restaurant down, however, Patty and Yolanda are equally to be blamed as they and not involving themselves with the operations and letting Vic run it alone.

Kitchen Investigation:

Gordon arrives at the dinner service to observe the kitchen in action. He comments on how huge the kitchen is and meets chef Ambrosio. A customer sends back their chips saying that they taste like a cardboard with no flavor. The server brings the dish back and put it back into the tray which surprises Gordon and he tells them that it should not happen. Gordon takes out a can full of rice and asks Vic when it was made, Vic responds with his go-to reply ‘Yesterday’. Gordon places another can of rice and asks which one is fresh, Vic and chefs are unable to respond to that question leaving Yolanda, Patty and Gordon surprised. Gordon finds 5 months old chives that they are using as fresh herbs, he also uncovers fish that has gone slimy and Vic responds that it was done last week which actually is not the case.

Gordon finds pork and steak wrapped in aluminum foil, meat has gone bad but Vic tells Gordon that it was done ‘yesterday’. Gordon walks into the storage/ freezer and finds heaps of prepared food which is turning bad. He opens a garbage bin and finds out precooked beans that have gone bad but is being served. Gordon takes out the garbage basket and asks Vic to take it out and show his customers the source of their food, Vic refuses as he is embarrassed by it. Gordon takes the garbage can out in the dining room and asks customers to look into the source of their food, asks them to leave as he is shutting down the restaurant.

The next day, Gordon meets Don, Patty’s husband and discusses the current state of the restaurant with him. Vic walks in and Vic and Don get into a fight. Gordon walks into the kitchen to try something out in order to put relaunch in place but sees dirty dishes and cockroach infested area. Gordon calls an exterminator to clean the kitchen. While staff cleans the kitchen, Gordon sits with Yolanda and tells her that her daughter patty has suffered the most due to this restaurant. Yolanda agrees and tells Gordon that he will choose her daughter over her husband.

Later that day, after the kitchen is clean, Gordon arrives at the restaurant to notice dinner service. With only half the restaurant booked and due to inefficient chefs running the kitchen, the kitchen gets backed up. After miserable dinner service, Gordon realizes that he needs to take drastic measures to turn it around and he leaves for the day.

Fiesta Sunrise West Nyack after relaunch
Fiesta Sunrise West Nyack after relaunch

Relaunch:

The next day morning, Gordon induces Chef Julieta Ballesteros, a top Mexican chef, and owner of a successful Mexican restaurant and tells them that she will help out in the kitchen. Gordon also introduces new menu and dishes to go with the relaunch which everyone likes. Before the relaunch, we see chef Julieta teaching new dishes to the staff and old chefs, she remarks that they need someone in charge but the cooks in the kitchen are willing to learn. On the relaunch night, things are going well before one customer sends back cold food and one chef burns nachos. Gordon screams at the chefs and says that dishes are idiot proof and they still cannot execute it.

Vic takes charge and pushes food out of the kitchen in a timely fashion, customers love the food and presentation. Before dinner service ends, Gordon tells owners that town Mayor is joining them for the dinner and this is big chance to garner some positive reviews. Vic brings food to the Mayor’s table and him along with his family love the food and rave about it. Relaunch is a huge hit and Gordon is impressed with determination Vic shows during the whole service. Before leaving Gordon shows the changed logo in front and side of the restaurant.

What happened next?


Before the Kitchen Nightmare episode aired, the restaurant Fiesta Sunrise closed in September 2008 (Closure report link in the resources) as it was seized due to failure to pay the taxes that were owed. Singe review on Yelp is 1 star. It previously closed in July 2007 but it seemed they did not learn from their mistakes. In August 2008, there was a stabbing at the restaurant, a New Jersey teenager was assaulted and stabbed four times after a fight there. A White Plains man was arrested in the incident. Recent news and images show that the restaurant is vacant and boarded up.

 

Sources:

  1. Episode Info IMDB
  2. Fiesta Sunrise Yelp
  3. Fiesta Sunrise Closure

 

Is Fiesta Sunrise, West Nyack, NY closed?

Yes, Fiesta Sunrise closed in September 2008, almost a month ago the original episode got aired. The restaurant was unable to pay the taxes owed to them.

Episode Related Info:
Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 2 Episode 10
Restaurant Name: Fiesta Sunrise, West Nyack, NY
Filming: February 2008
Air Date: 13 November 2008
Restaurant Close Date: September 2008
Current Status: CLOSED

 

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