Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 4 Episode 01: Spanish Pavillion, Harrison, New Jersey – OPEN

 

Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 4 Episode 01: Spanish Pavillion, Harrison, New Jersey - OPEN

UPDATED : 26 December 2019

In this edition of Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon visits Spanish Pavillion, Harrison, New Jersey. This is the first Spanish restaurant opened in New Jersey area. This restaurant was opened by Antonio Fernandez in 1976. Antonio retired in 1996 leaving the restaurant to Balbina and her two sons Jerry and Michael. In the introduction part, waiter Joe tells that earlier this restaurant was very busy. In 5 years under new management and the restaurant is not making any profits. As per Joe, Michael stopped coming to the kitchen and he is more out than in.

Spanish Pavillion Harrison in Kitchen Nightmares
Spanish Pavillion Harrison in Kitchen Nightmares

Michael thinks that his brother Jerry is not involved in the restaurant and is always busy on the calls. Jerry is a councilman in the town and he confirms that he is not much involved in the restaurant. Balbina tells that both brothers are not on good terms and they fight a lot. The restaurant is under debt of $500,000 - $600,000. Gordon enters the restaurant and spots the staff uniform, each server is wearing a tuxedo. Gordon meets Jerry and Balbina, Gordon asks a bit of restaurant history from the waiter Joe.

Episode Related Info:
Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 04 Episode 1
Restaurant Name: Spanish Pavillion, Harrison, New Jersey
Filming: November 2010
Air Date: 21 January 2011
Restaurant Close Date: NA
Current Status: OPEN

Is Spanish Pavillion, Harrison, New Jersey closed?

No, Spanish Pavillion is still operational and is successful. Reviews are good across all platforms and they opened within one week after Hurricane Sandy left behind 8 feet of water in 2012.

Food Sampling:

Gordon orders lobster bisque, paella marinara and a chicken and garlic sauce. Michael does not bother to cook and lets his chefs cook the order. Joe brings in the lobster bisque. The dish is very creamy and tastes disgusting. The lobster seemed as though it was at that point dead before it was cooked. Jerry discloses to him that the lobster is from the lobster tank in the restaurant. When Gordon checks the tank, there is a dead and rotting lobster. Gordon sends back the dish, Michael still thinks that the lobster is fresh.

Joe brings in the second dish, chicken and garlic sauce. The dish is swimming in the olive oil, Gordon removes the extra oil and shows it to Jerry. Chicken in dry and tastes dreadful, Gordon asks Jerry to get Michael's opinion on chicken. Michael tastes it and finds it good, which surprises Gordon. The last dish, paella marinara is over seasoned and over-cooked. Gordon goes into the kitchen and tells issues with the food to Michael and the other cooks.

Dinner Service and Kitchen Inspection:

Gordon arrives at the restaurant to observe the dinner service. Instead of running the line, Michael is socializing at the bar. Kitchen manages to send out the food, but, as there is no leadership in the kitchen, food is coming back. Customers are complaining that the food is underdone. Michael and Jerry enter the kitchen, the brothers argue, Michael gets angry and pushes cook Al. Michael leaves the kitchen and he is unhappy. The kitchen manages to send out the last orders to close the dinner service.

Gordon comes in early for the kitchen and storage inspection. He finds the walk-in jam-packed with meat and there are no labels on the food. There is a pigeon flying in the kitchen. Gordon finds a dead lobster and more meat in the second storage. Gordon shows the state of the kitchen and the storage to the owners. Michael handles the purchasing, he admits that storage is his fault. Gordon sits down with Balbina to discuss the state of the restaurant.

Gordon shows Michael a garlic chicken dish, Michael feels the excitement. Michael makes an octopus dish that Gordon likes. The two dishes turn into the specials for that night's dinner service. For the dinner service, Michael is working behind the line and Jerry is assisting at the pass. Initially, Michael is low on confidence with the new dishes, the customers love the new dishes. One customer sends back a chicken dish, Gordon checks the dish. He finds out that they are using a spoiled chicken. Jerry steps up and starts expediting and the food starts leaving the kitchen again. Gordon is happy with the dinner service, he asserts the need of checking the quality of the food.

Relaunch:

Overnight, Gordon's team give a fantastic makeover to the place. The tables and china dishes are new, the place looks spacious. The staff and owners are happy with the decor changes. Gordon tells them that, when the restaurant started, there was no competition. But, now they have huge competition. To stay on top of the competition, they need to work hard. Gordon then reveals the new menu and the new dishes. For a change, staff and servers are not wearing tuxedos.

Jerry and Michael in Spanish Pavillion with Gordon Ramsay
Jerry and Michael in Spanish Pavillion with Gordon Ramsay

The relaunch night starts well with food leaving the kitchen on time. The customers are enjoying the new dishes. but as more diners arrive, the orders stack up. Michael stops listening to Jerry and starts to get confused. Gordon pulls him to a side and asks him to focus and listen to his brother. Michael turns it around and gets back to sending food out of the kitchen. The customers are happy with the food and the relaunch is a success. After the dinner, Gordon speaks with the owners. He praises them for a good job at the relaunch. He tells them that they have every tool to become successful, they just need to focus.

What happened next?

As the episode continues, over next couple of weeks, Jerry is more involved in the restaurant. He is helping in expediting the food, Michael is behind the line as a cook. The bonding between two brothers has grown. The customers are liking the new food and the new menu.

Gordon revisits the restaurant one year after the relaunch. Gordon inspects the storage, which is clean. Jerry is running the restaurant, he reports a healthy growth in business. There were differences between the two brothers. Due to that, Michael has left the restaurant to work in a Cheesecake Factory chain (Link in the resources). Gordon enjoys few dishes he orders. Sad news, the person who started the restaurant, Antonio Fernandez, passed away between the relaunch and the revisit.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy left behind eight feet of water in the restaurant. They opened three weeks later. (Link in the resources).

Latest 2018 Update
As per Michael’s LinkedIn page and the website’s about page, Michael is back in the restaurant. As per his LinkedIn, he is general manager of Spanish Pavillion. Jerry is still involved in the restaurant. He also works in The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Is Spanish Pavillion, Harrison, New Jersey closed?

No, Spanish Pavillion is still operational and is successful. Reviews are good across all platforms and they opened within one week after Hurricane Sandy left behind 8 feet of water in 2012.

 

Resources:

  1. IMDB episode info
  2. Spanish Pavillion on Yelp
  3. Spanish Pavillion website
  4. Gordon's revisit to the restaurant
  5. Spanish Pavilion and Hurricane Sandy

 

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Episode Related Info:
Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 04 Episode 1
Restaurant Name: Spanish Pavillion, Harrison, New Jersey
Filming: November 2010
Air Date: 21 January 2011
Restaurant Close Date: NA
Current Status: OPEN

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