On tonight's edition of "Kitchen Nightmares" on Fox-TV, Chef Gordon Ramsay headed to the home of the Queen Mary, in Long Beach, Calif. to visit "Nino's Italian Restaurant." The 78-year-old family matriarch, Inge seeks Gordon's help to save this restaurant from its demise.
The restaurant was run by the father since 1958, and Nino, the manager has been a thorn in the family's side for a long time. The rest of the family is at wit's end, and Inge is broken-hearted at the state of their business.
When Gordon comes to the restaurant, he meets the mother and her three children. The oldest is Nino, who brags that he does so much to run the restaurant, but his siblings think otherwise. Nino is only there for lunch and not the dinner service. In the middle of lunch, Nino sits with customers or watches television in his office and tries to act like he is responsible. He admitted to Gordon that the chefs would not let him in the kitchen. As Gordon chose his meals to taste, he pointed out the grammatical errors on the menu and found four pieces of gum under the table. The Chianti bottles hanging around the restaurants were corroded with dust and cobwebs. As Nino told Gordon how hard he worked, Gordon continued to find dirt.
Gordon tasted the chicken piccata that was floury and slimy and Nino continued to say that his food was the best. The meatball was made five days prior to Gordon's arrival. Nino continued to give Gordon a lot of attitude, and his brother and sister seriously believe that he is mentally unstable. When Gordon talked to the family, he voiced his opinion and the family agreed, except for Nino, who has his own opinion and refuses to budge.
As Gordon witnessed the service, customers sent food back constantly. Gordon examined the refrigerator and found a food nightmare after nightmare. Nino admitted that the refrigerator contained food that was long since expired as fresh. Gordon spoke to Inge, who admitted when she was in the hospital a few years ago, Nino relapsed from sobriety and was in a dire state. Gordon decided to put a closed and out of business on the restaurant before Nino arrived, to see what his reaction would be. Nino told his mother that he wanted to keep the restaurant open and promised his mother that he would do what he could to see it did not fail.
Chef Ramsay made sure Nino told his brother and sister how he felt. His siblings felt that Nino would slip back into his old ways and after speaking with Gordon, they gave Nino another chance to prove himself.
Chef Ramsay started with the facelift for the restaurant and perked up the place. The family and staff loved the new look. Carina loved the look and broke down crying with gratitude. Chef Ramsay also redid the menu and as they all tasted it, were excited to relaunch the place.
Nino expedited, Gordon cooked. As the kitchen was humming, the customers were loving the food. As the place got busier; Nino got flustered. Mike got into the mix and in his effort to help, made it worse. Gordon took Mike off the line and told him to take a walk to calm down and talked to him outside. Inge was proud of Nino's hard work and happy that he took the reins.
When Gordon talked to the family, he was angry that Gordon pointed him out as not willing to change. It may take a bit longer for old family wounds to heal, but Nino has been working hard, while Michael has distanced himself from the restaurant and Carina has also been dedicating her free time to helping the tradition thrive, thanks to Gordon and "Kitchen Nightmares."