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‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Was Only a Dream Come True 40% of the Time

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Chef Gordon Ramsay has approximately 1,649 shows on TV. Okay, perhaps that is an overstatement, but it’s close. Between his monopolizing BBC America and FOX with original and remake programming, you would think this chef can do no wrong.

As a foodie, I know anyone who wasn’t a cafeteria lady or a hospital cook on a reality show looking for those precious 15 minutes of fame will act like Chef Ramsay is “just a dude.” However, someone who really loved cooking food would salivate at the man’s footsteps. He really is that much of a stud in a kitchen, so you expect he has the Midas touch … and then someone did some digging around the success rate of his show ‘Kitchen Nightmares.’

And that’s when Gordon Ramsay quit. Really.

It was a day like any other day for foodies everywhere — eating highfalutin foods that barely seem edible, practicing episodes of “Chopped” in the privacy of their own pantry, and faking it with hipsters about the joys of going vegan (when you know dang well they dream of a filet done medium rare).

Kitchen_NightmaresAnd then, the world stopped on its axis when Gordon Ramsay announced on his blog that he would be leaving ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ after 10 years and 123 episodes.

From the United Kingdom to the United States, Chef Ramsay has applied his confrontational, surly attitude and serious chops for running a restaurant to several meh establishments. One note in his “abrupt retirement” was its genesis:

As filming comes to a close on the latest series of Kitchen Nightmares I’ve decided to stop making the show.

Go out on your own terms, Chef. You tell them. You still got all those other shows, and your places, and your cash. So what?

Two days later, another idea hit the blogosphere that suggested his own terms may have been rushed a skosh from the foodie destination GrubStreet.com: More than (yeah, take that, AP) 60 percent of all restaurants featured on ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ are now closed.

And what they uncovered is mesmerizing. Here come the hypno-wheels and a good reason why Chef Ramsay is hoping the best for ‘MasterChef’:

Grand Totals
Number of participating restaurants in seven seasons: 77
Number still open: 30 (38.86 percent)
Number that have closed: 47 (61.84 percent)
Approximate number of restaurants closed within one year of (or before) the episode air dates: 23 (29.87 percent)

Season One (2007)
Episode 1: Peter’s, Babylon, New York. Closed (December, 2008)
Episode 2: Dillon’s, New York, New York. (Renamed Purnima during the show.)Closed (2009-2010)
Episode 3: The Mixing Bowl, Bellmore, New York. Closed (2009)
Episode 4: Seascape, Islip, New York. Closed (2007, five months after filming.)
Episode 5: The Olde Stone Mill, Tuckahoe, New York. Open
Episode 6: Sebastian’s, Toluca Lake, California. Closed (January, 2008)
Episode 7: Finn McCool’s, Westhampton, New York. Closed (March, 2012)
Episode 8: Lela’s, Ponoma, California. Closed (By the end of the episode)
Episode 9: Campania, Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Sold (2010) then closed(January, 2011)
Episode 10: The Secret Garden, Moorpark, California. Open

Season Two (2008-2009)
Episode 1: Handlebar, Mount Sinai, New York. Sold (2010) then Closed(2011)
Episode 2: Giuseppe’s, Macomb Township, Michigan. Closed (July, 2009)
Episode 3: Trobiano’s, Great Neck, New York. Closed (October, 2008)
Episode 4: Black Pearl, New York, New York. Closed (2008, four days after the episode aired.)
Episode 5: J Willy’s, South Bend, Indiana. Closed (February, 2009)
Episode 6: Hannah & Mason’s, Cranbury, New Jersey. Closed (February, 2010)
Episode 7: Jack’s Waterfront, St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Closed (December, 2010)
Episode 8: Sabatiello’s, Stamford, Connecticut. Closed (October, 2008)
Episode 9: Fiesta Sunrise, West Nyack, New York. Closed (September, 2008)
Episode 10: Sante La Brea, Los Angeles, California. Closed (June, 2011)
Episode 11: Café 36, La Grange, Illinois. Closed (2009)

Season Three (2010)
Episode 1: Hot Potato Café, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Closed (2011)
Episode 2: Flamangos, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. (Renamed The Junction during the show.) Closed (2011)
Episode 3: Bazzini, Ridgewood, New Jersey. Closed (Between 2010-2011)
Episode 4: Mojito, Brooklyn, New York. Open
Episode 5: Lido di Manhattan, Manhattan Beach, California. Open
Episode 6: Le Bistro, Lighthouse Point, Florida. Open
Episode 7: Casa Roma, Lancaster, California. Open
Episode 8: Mama Rita’s, Newbury Park, California. Closed (2011)
Episode 9: Anna Vicenzo’s, Boca Raton, Florida. Closed (Between 2010-2011)
Episode 10: Fleming, Miami, Florida. Closed (October, 2010)
Episode 11: Sushi-Ko, Thousand Oaks, California. Closed (August, 2009, before the episode aired.)

Season 4 (2011)
Episode 1: Spanish Pavillion, Harrison, New Jersey. Open
Episode 2: Classic American, West Babylon, New York. Closed (2013)
Episode 3: PJ’s Steakhouse, Queens, New York. Closed (May, 2009, a few weeks after filming.)
Episode 4: Grasshopper Also, Carlstadt, New Jersey. Closed (October, 2012)
Episode 5: Davide, Boston, Massachusetts. Closed (January, 2014)
Episode 6: Down City, Providence, Rhode Island. Closed (December, 2011)
Episode 7 Tavolini, Bridgeport, Connecticut. Closed (December, 2011, a few weeks after filming.)
Episode 8: Kingston Café, Pasadena, California. Open
Episode 9: La Frite, Sherman Oaks, California. Open
Episode 10: Capri, Eagle Rock, California. Open
Episode 11: Zeke’s, Metairie, Louisiana. Closed (October, 2012)
Episode 12: Ocean, New Orleans, Louisiana. Open

Season Five (2011 to 2012)
Episode 1: Blackberry’s, Plainfield, New Jersey. Closed (March, 2013)
Episode 2: Leone’s, Montclair, New Jersey. Open
Episode 3: Mike & Nellie’s, Oakhurst, New Jersey. Closed (January, 2012)
Episode 4: Luigi’s D’Italia, Anaheim, California. Open
Episodes 5 and 6: Burger Kitchen, Los Angeles, California. Closed (February, 2012)
Episode 7: The Greek at the Harbor, Ventura, California. Open
Episode 8: Michon’s, College Park, Georgia. Closed (August, 2013)
Episode 9: El Greco, Austin, Texas. Closed (December, 2011)
Episode 10: Park’s Edge, Atlanta, Georgia. Closed (July, 2013)
Episode 11: Spin A Yarn Steakhouse, Fremont, California. Open
Episode 12: Charlie’s, La Verne, California. Closed (2012)
Episode 13: Café Hon, Baltimore, Maryland. Open
Episode 14: Chiarella’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Open
Episode 15: Zocalo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Closed (December, 2012, before the episode aired.)

Season 6 (2012 to 2013)
Episodes 1 and 2: La Galleria, Boston, Massachusetts. Open
Episode 3: Mama Maria’s, Brooklyn, New York. Open
Episode 4: Ms. Jean’s Southern Cuisine, Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. Open
Episode 5: Barefoot Bob’s, Hull, Massachusetts. Open
Episode 6: Olde Hitching Post Restaurant & Tavern, Hanson, Massachusetts.Open
Episode 7: Levanti’s Italian Restaurant, Beaver, Pennsylvania. (Renamed Levanti’s American Bistro during the show) Closed (November, 2013)
Episode 8: Sam’s Mediterranean Kabob Room, Monrovia, California. Closed(January, 2014)
Episode 9: Nino’s Italian Restaurant, Long Beach, California. Open
Episodes 10 and 11: Mill Street Bistro, Norwalk, Ohio. (Renamed Maple City Tavern in December 2013) Open
Episode 12: Yanni’s, Seattle, Washington. Open
Episode 13: Prohibition Grille, Everett, Washington. Open
Episode 14: Chappy’s, Nashville, Tennessee. Closed (June, 2013)
Episode 15 and Season 7, Episode 1: Amy’s Baking Company, Scottsdale, Arizona. Open

Season Seven (2014)
Episode 2: Pantaleone’s, Denver, Colorado. Open
Episode 3: Old Neighborhood Restaurant, Arvada, Colorado. Open
Episode 4: Kati Allo, Queens, New York. Open
Episodes 5 and 6: Mangia Mangia, Woodland Park, Colorado. Open
Episode 7 and 8: Zayna Flaming Grill, Redondo Beach, California. Open
Episode 9: Bella Luna, Easton, Pennsylvania. Closed (November, 2013. Three-and-a-half months after filming.)

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