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Brad-Head Waiter

Maggie-Hostess/Laura's mother

Before Gordon's Arrival

Laura, a single mom opened a restaurant and named it for her grandmother. Originally as a caterer, she was successful, but transitioning into a formal restaurant has been a challenge. Now she is in major debt and in grave danger of being foreclosed upon.

First Impressions

Gordon arrives and says it looks nice from the outside. Gordon asks Brad what to stay away from and Brad gives him a long list. He asks Cheryl what the problems are, and she has no answer.

First Meal

Food Ordered

Tamales, Chimichanga, Burrito

Impressions of the Food

Tamales-Gordon describes it as a soaking wet newspaper, and yet dry on the inside

Chimichanga-Gordon again pronounces the food dry. "Chimichanga? Chimi chuck it in the bin!"

Burrito-Gordon calls it gross and like eating wet cardboard

First Dinner Service

Gordon tells them plainly that you can't run a restaurant the same way you run catering. Gordon observes the dinner service. Food comes out very fast, mostly because Perla and the cooks rely heavily on microwaves. However, the customers are not happy. Gordon blasts Laura's business model, and says "All that's missing is the drive-thru". Gordon decides to inspect the kitchen. He finds a lot of frozen products and pre-prepared portions. Laura just says this is how she did catering. Gordon concludes that what she has is not a restaurant, and that it's a factory. Laura continues to defend herself by saying it worked for catering. Gordon says the food is sinking her.


Gordon says Laura is smart, but not being smart.

Remainder of the Visit

Gordon comes in the next day and decides to get rid of all the frozen products, worth $12,000. Laura and Perla arrive to find an empty kitchen. Gordon has laid it out and it covers the entire dining room. Some items are a whole year old. Laura decides to throw it all out. Gordon goes out and gathers past customers to talk to Laura. Some complained about the service. Others complained they got sick. Gordon and Laura promise their next experience will be different. Gordon lays out fresh shrimp and chicken and challenges Laura and Perla to make something with it. Gordon also decides to make something. Laura makes blackened shrimp tacos. Perla makes chicken breasts with garlic and salt. Gordon makes a flatiron steak with avocado butter. Gordon's dish and Laura's dish are praised by the staff, but they find Perla's uninspiring. Gordon declared his dish and Laura's the specials. The kitchen starts making mistakes and Laura loses patience, and decides to jump in. This gets them back on track, but then she backs off and challenges Perla and the cooks to step up. They don't. After service, Gordon declares that Perla is not a chef, however praises Laura's own performance. The next day, Gordon hires one of his own chefs, Naris.

Restaurant & Menu Remodel

As the restaurant already looks nice, Gordon only redesigns the menu.

Final Service

Naris tries to inspire Perla. However, she just watches Naris do everything. Laura realizes Perla is still in catering mode. Even Naris is struggling to manage Perla and the cooks. Gordon pulls Laura aside and tells her Perla is not a chef. Laura is reluctant to fire her because she is a good friend who has been loyal. Gordon has Naris take over the line. This salvages the service. Perla and the cooks however are upset. Gordon implores Laura to learn all she can from Naris. Laura promises changes.

After Gordon's Departure

Naris continued to work with Laura, and Laura decided to promote another cook to chef, and move Perla to strictly catering. However, eventually Perla was back to being head chef and Laura abandoned Gordon's menu. Mama Rita's closed in 2010, but the catering side lasted much longer. Now Laura is marketing her own line of salsa.

Production Notes





  Kitchen Nightmares US - Restaurants
Season 1 Peter'sDillon'sThe Mixing BowlSeascapeThe Olde Stone MillSebastian'sFinn McCool'sLela'sCampaniaThe Secret Garden
Season 2 HandlebarGiuseppi'sTrobiano'sBlack PearlJ Willy'sHannah & Mason'sJack's WaterfrontSabatiello'sFiesta SunriseSante La BreaCafe 36
Season 3 Hot Potato CafeFlamangosBazziniMojitoLido di ManhattanLe BistroCasa RomaMama Rita'sAnna Vincenzo'sFlemingSushi-Ko
Season 4 Spanish PavilionClassic AmericanPJ's SteakhouseGrasshopper AlsoDavideDown CityTavoliniKingston CafeLa FriteCapriZeke'sOceana
Season 5 Blackberry'sLeone'sMike & Nellie'sLuigi's D'ItaliaBurger KitchenThe Greek at the HarborMichon'sEl GrecoPark's EdgeSpin-A-Yarn SteakhouseCharlie'sCafe HonChiarella'sZocalo
Season 6 La Galleria 33Mama Maria'sMs. Jean's Southern CuisineBarefoot Bob'sOlde Hitching Post Restaurant & TavernLevanti's Italian RestaurantSam's Mediterranean Kabob RoomNino's Italian RestaurantMill Street BistroYanni'sProhibition GrilleChappy'sAmy's Baking Company
Season 7 Pantaleone'sOld NeighborhoodKati AlloMangia MangiaZayna Flaming GrillBella Luna
Misc Revisited