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Oct 3, 2007 10:14 PM

Kitchen Nightmares Ep. 3- Improving

Better episode this week. Glad the guy could cook from the get go......a basic re-design on the restaurant concept and some take it to the street advertising. Also an update at the end.

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  1. I agree, I like the update at the end.

    This manager guy was obnoxious. Taking servers tips is pretty bad. Surprised he didn't have a huge dramatic firing...

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    1. re: Azizeh Barjesteh

      I do hope something was changed about taking the tips. Don't most restaurant managers get a base salary and a small percentage of the restaurant's net as compensation? To take tips on top of that is incredibly arrogant and surely lowers morale among the folks you're supposed to be managing.

        1. re: coney with everything

          Those women were crazy to give that jacka** part of their tips. i waitressed for years in a variety of places and was never, ever asked to share my tips with the manager.

          1. re: southernitalian

            Yeah, and what's up with crying about his job ? I mean give me a friggin' break. No managment skills and no spine, YOU'RE FIRED !

      1. re: Azizeh Barjesteh

        That Manager was a total fool. Ridiculously melodramatic and you could see that he was passive-agressive. Great choice by the Owners to pick a winner like this to run their restaurant when they know that their livelyhood is at stake. They made a HUGE mistake by not firing him when he popped off to the Owner's wife.

        I wouldn't trust that jacksass to run bathwater let alone a restaurant. While he was brown nosing, jacking 1/2 the tips, buying tacky signs, and taking 50% off customer bills, the restaurant was going belly up.

        I also like the updates they did this week reminiscent of the British version. They are entertaining and you just need to know if they keep it up or go back to their old ways.

        Next weeks kitchen looks FOUL!!! Almost as bad as that nasty Indian restaurant with the stinky linen, roaches, flies,and rotted food. SICK!!! I dont't think for one minute that the Owner was unaware of the extent of that filth. Barf. "Peter the limey" and Mike should get together and open a restaurant for kamikazes.

        1. re: anita bonghitt

          Agree, Mike the manager was a schmuck, and agree with others, after that tirade at the owner's wife, he should have been shit canned. But I also don't trust the TV producers, I have feeling in my gut that the cross cutting between Mikes tirade, and the shocked look on patron's faces was all contrived in the editing room, and that the tirade did not occur in front of the customers.

          I think they produce these shows for their entertainment value and whats more entertaining than good vs evil, the "innocent" clueless restaurant owners, and their evil, greedy managers. What I don't understand is how the owners last week and this week, can be so out of touch with reality. Its their money (or their backers money) going down the drain, and they just passively go along.

          I think in addition to redecorating, or improving the kitchen facilities, and re-working menus, and re-working staff, Gordon and the producers would do a real service if they also threw in six months of professional counseling to these incompetent owners, what kind of self esteem can these people have if they let out of control, incompetent, unprofessional jerks control their own professional and financial destiny.

          1. re: ChinoWayne

            You think Fox would contrive drama into a reality show? Really? :o)

            I remember reading that the people who were on-camera diners at Hell's Kitchen were mostly actors and others who promised to make 'interesting' comments to jack things up. The same was reported about The Restaurant, the reality show about Rocco DiSpirito. And the editing???...... I won't even start on that. But I watch. It can be interesting, but it is getting very reptitive, what with the same Gordon routine on 3 different shows now (Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares (BBC AND Fox) and soon "The F Word".

            1. re: Midlife

              Would Fox *contrive reality*, of course not, its the same network that broadcasts "Bill-O". ;-)

      2. My only problem with the show is that there is always one person set up as the villain, Peter, the Limey, and now Mike.

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        1. re: KTinNYC

          well, next week they show a few villans!

          1. re: KTinNYC

            FYI, When a restaurant is doing virtually no business, although there is likely more than just one problem or "villain", there is always a major problem; I don't believe it's the show that "creates" the "villain", they are, in fact, a big part of the pre-existing problem. These restaurants are operating with a serious level of dysfunction, the show didn't create the dysfunction, it was already there.

            1. re: KTinNYC

              It was interestintg that the limey GM took the heat on the Indian episode but the OM/chef who was in the kitchen all the time got off scott free.

            2. I kind of avoided the show this week. I'm still grossed out about the vermin from the previous episode where I don't think I'd trust any restaurant if they showed that stuff again.

              However, if it's a better episode, I'd try to catch it in reruns.

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              1. re: dave_c

                You missed out... absolutely NO vermin or disgusting gross food this week - just a tired restaurant looking for a new image. It was a much better episode - much more like the BBC ones...

              2. Did anyone else think it odd that when the crew went back to the restaurant 2 months later, they interviewed Mike, the blond waitress, and Billy's wife, but not Billy himself? I know the guy was shy, but still...

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                1. re: Nikki NYC

                  I figure Billy just didn't give good soundbite, so they likely interviewed him but didn't have anything they could use.

                2. I agree. This was MUCH better than the first two. My only criticism is that they seemed to solve the Mike problem a little too easily. That guy was out of control. The same thing happened with the owner's son (Peter?) in the first episode. Leopards don't change their spots overnight. Perhaps they were edited to look worse than they are, but I doubt it.

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                  1. re: Pete Oldtown

                    Yes, I agree. Instant transformations like that are about as common as..... well, not very believable.