Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 2 Episode 11: Sante La Brea, Los Angeles, CA

Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 2 Episode 11: Sante La Brea, Los Angeles, CA - CLOSED

UPDATED : 26 December 2019

This edition of Kitchen Nightmares takes Gordon Ramsay to Sante La Brea, Los Angeles, CA. For 10 years, this health / Vegan food restaurant is being run by Dean Hamoui, his sons Sammy and Arthur. They have hired a new manager Mark but they are not sure what his work is. In introduction part, Dean tells that he does all the work from cleaning, fixing stuff, billing and maintenance. His sons help him in running the restaurant. New manager Mark is only focussed on decorating the place and doe not bring any real value. His sons tell that Dean is overworked and people do not listen to him. Despite all the efforts Dean is under $200,000 in debt. Everyone is working to get ready to meet Gordon. Dean hears the bad news that their head chef Aurelio has not come.

One year after the relaunch, Gordon revisited Sante La Brea, Los Angeles, following article shares the update. Gordon revisits Sante La Brea, Los Angeles

Episode Related Info:
Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 2 Episode 11
Restaurant Name: Sante La Brea, Los Angeles, CA
Filming: March 2008
Air Date: 20 November 2008
Restaurant Close Date: June 2011
Current Status: CLOSED

Is Sante La Brea, Los Angeles, CA closed?

Yes, Sante La Brea closed in June 2011, they kept open for an extended time due to a sale deal.

Gordon arrives at the restaurant and finds no problem with the location. He enters the restaurant and meets Dean. Gordon is fascinated by the interiors of the restaurant, exclaiming that it is quite different. Dean tells Gordon that place is recently remodeled. Gordon notices the grass being grown on top shelves of the restaurant. Dean tells Gordon that its edible and eats some. Upon asking Dean tells that dishes are made in two versions, vegan version, and non-vegan version but today his chef is a no-show. Gordon meets Mark who tells Gordon that he is currently working on making the restaurant hipper.

Sante La Brea Los Angeles in Kitchen Nightmares
Sante La Brea Los Angeles in Kitchen Nightmares

Food Sampling:

Sammy presents the menu and Gordon orders the Turkey Patty Melt, Mogadoofu (Gordon is amused by the name) and Blackened Salmon for food sampling. Next to Gordon, a customer is dining with his dog, Gordon asks for dog’s name, it is Tubs. The first dish arrives and turkey patty is dry and tastes bad, Gordon feeds the turkey patty to Tubs. Mogadoofu is unpleasant with rice cooked to hell and the third dish, blackened salmon is dry and tastes very fishy as if it is kept in a freezer that is not working properly. Gordon shares his inputs with Dean and tells him that food is pathetic. He asks Dean to show him the storage area.

Kitchen Investigation:

Gordon finds frozen turkey and salmon defrosting in the same container. Gordon also finds out that fridge is stuffed full of vegetables that have gone stale, he yells at Dean for not checking this. Dean tries to defend it by saying chef looks into it but admits that he is the owner of the restaurant and is speechless.

Disappointed Dean sits down with Sammy and Arthur and talks about the storage area. Chef Aurelio arrives 2 hours late with some excuse and instead of blaming him for the mess in the storage area, Dean asks him to go inside and fix everything. Gordon arrives at the restaurant to notice the dinner service. Gordon asks Aurelio if he has seen the storage area, he responds that he does not manage anything and he is just a cook and he does what he wants here, that is why he does not go anywhere else.

Gordon sees Dean clearing the kitchen and asks why didn’t chef cleared the stuff, Dean says that he is afraid if chefs will leave if he goes hard on them. Customers are not happy with food quality and either it is too heavy with too much grease or it is simply bad. After dismal dinner service, Gordon gives them F at kitchen cleanliness and asks them to clean the place.

Before Gordon can begin with any other changes, he takes Dean to top of the canyon and asks him to release all the pressure that is building up inside his head. Initially, Dean is hesitant but he opens up and releases all the bad feelings. Gordon tells him that it is his business and he needs to run it like a boss.

With fresh energy, Dean walks in into the restaurant and faces Sammy who moved things from where Dean put them. Dean yells at Sammy and that set the tone for others as well. Gordon introduces a halibut dish and a Shrimp salad, two new specials for the dinner service. Before dinner service, Gordon gets Dean handcuffed so that he stops picking up things after chef and he just manages the restaurant.

At the dinner service, the restaurant is full and the staff is pushing specials. Within 15 minutes of dinner, the kitchen is out of the specials, Mark picks up the order and Dean shouts at him, at the same time Mark is sweating a lot and is touching customers with his sweaty hands. Dean asks him to run fast to home and change the shirt, Gordon buys him some women's deodorant from a nearby store. Aurelio ignores Dean in the kitchen which pisses Dean a lot. Gordon brings in the policeman to uncut Dean on condition that he won't pick up other’s tasks.

Gordon with owners at Sante Le Brea in Kitchen Nightmares
Gordon with owners at Sante Le Brea in Kitchen Nightmares

Relaunch:

Gordon’s team give a makeover to the restaurant overnight, adding some freshness to the overall vibe. Everyone loves the decor changes, the place looks warm and inviting and less cluttered. Gordon introduces the new menu to them with limited but fresh options. Dean hugs Gordon for helping him out with all the changes.

Mark is the host for the night but he again takes an order and Dean pulls him out of dining area and screams at him for not listening to him. Dean does not like the way Aurelio is working in the kitchen and fights with him, Aurelio leaves the kitchen but comes back after some time and asks for money that Dean owes him. Gordon pays him $100 and promises rest after the service and Aurelio gets back to his station. Despite a very bad start, the staff puts in all the efforts and the relaunch is successful.

What happened next?

Gordon revisits Sante La Brea, Los Angeles, CA after a year of filming the original episode and finds out that Dean is retired and have gone overseas. Dean leave the restaurant behind to his sons, Sammy’s girlfriend Dawn is the new manager at the restaurant. Chef Aurelio and manager Mark are not there anymore.

Gordon inspects the storage area and it is clean, the restaurant is doing good with business up by 10%. Gordon tries the food and it is delicious later to find the food Unchicken. Few of the old dishes are back on the menu and online reviews on Yelp are mostly positive after the relaunch.

Gordon meets with previous manager Mark, who tells him that he left because they had lost respect in him, He now works in raw food. Santé La Brea closed in June 2011, posting the below on the Sante Le Brea Facebook page (Link in the resources):

"will be closing its doors in a few more weeks - so be sure to stop by & enjoy your Last Supper (or Last Lunch)! We really appreciate (& we will dearly miss) all our loyal customers who have steadfastly supported us over the years. Thanks to you, we can retire on a High Note =)"

"*UPDATE: The process of selling the restaurant is taking a bit longer than expected so - as of this moment - it looks like we'll probably remain open until around mid-May. (We'll keep everyone posted, tho.) Again, THANK YOU soooo much to all our loyal customer who have continued to support us!!"

A German restaurant Wirsthaus is running in their place and online reviews are quite positive.

 

Sources:

  1. IMDB episode info
  2. Sante Le Brea Yelp
  3. Sante Le Brea Foursquare
  4. Wirsthaus Yelp
  5. Wirsthaus Foursquare
  6. Sante Le Brea on Twitter
  7. Sante Le Brea's closing message on Facebook

 

Is Sante La Brea, Los Angeles, CA closed?

Yes, Sante La Brea closed in June 2011, they kept open for an extended time due to a sale deal.

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Episode Related Info:
Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 2 Episode 11
Restaurant Name: Sante La Brea, Los Angeles, CA
Filming: March 2008
Air Date: 20 November 2008
Restaurant Close Date: June 2011
Current Status: CLOSED

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