Within weeks of “Kitchen Nightmares” featuring the South Bend barbecue house back in October 2008, the locally owned restaurant closed its doors and has remained dark and vacant ever since. J Willys Kitchen Nightmare had been a great succes so far.
In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visit’s J Willy’s in South Bend, Indiana.
J Willy’s is a barbecue restaurant owned by John and husband and wife team Rick and Tricia.
Rick and Tricia live over 3 hours away from the restaurant and have another restaurant so John runs J Willy’s in their absence.
After they opened they were busy and business was making money each year but after the couple gave over the restaurant to John the standards slipped.
They don’t have a proper chef in the kitchen and the cook uses cans and bought in sauces to get food out as quick as possible.
Customer numbers declined, they have invested all of the money they have and they are now in $1.2 million of debt.
Gordon arrives and thinks that the restaurant looks like it closed down ten years ago. He isn’t impressed with the desperate flashing sign out the front.
The lawsuit alleges that “unknown to the viewing audience, some or all of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares shows are fake and the so-called ‘problems uncovered and solved’ by Ramsay are, for the most part, created by Ramsay and his staff for the purpose of making it appear that Ramsay is improving the restaurant.”
How much of Kitchen Nightmares is real?
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