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  1. I've always had pretty decent meals at Galleria 33, I'm a little surprised. The service was a little tense, but I did not get the impression the restaurant was KN material. It makes me wonder what was going on behind the scenes? Restaurant was always packed too - never empty!

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    1. re: rachgrn

      From what I hear its a management issue, I've always had pretty good food there.

    2. Has anyone been to Davide since the last time Ramsay was in town to "fix" a restaurant? Heard anything about it? I noticed they had offered a Groupon a few months back.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        There was no solving the type of problems davide had.

        1. re: libertywharf

          This is my point. From my December 2010 Devil's Dining Awards:

          "Most Futile Hail-Mary Pass Award: to North End restaurant Davide for its pending appearance on Kitchen Nightmares. Fox’s restaurant-makeover show follows Gordon Ramsay, the talented but money-grubbing British chef, as he expresses disgust at a struggling restaurant's food, then profanely tongue-lashes the incompetent owners, cooks and waitstaff into submission. He then oversees a perfunctory menu and dining room face-lift before exiting triumphantly.

          The show's dirty secret is that Chef Shouty McSpittlefleck never addresses the business management issues at the root of most restaurant failures. So Davide will likely suffer the same fate as most of Ramsay's Cinderellas: a brief bump in popularity after the episode airs, failure within a year or two anyway, and the eternal afterlife of its public humiliation on YouTube."

          Based on a viewing of the Davide KN episode, it looks like it was further hobbled by profound family dysfunction among its owners. (I actually enjoyed that episode, as it told a moving if semi-tragic family story: normally I loathe that show, cannot abide watching it.)

          Isn't La Galleria 33 also a family operation, owned by the L'Osteria folks across the street and run by one of their children?

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            It's been awhile since I've been to LaGalleria 33, but I always enjoyed the food there. From what I understand it is a family run operation. I was under the impression that Rita was the owner and that her mother owns L'Osteria.

      2. They aren't the only ones - Ramsey is filming at Barefoot Bob's in Hull until tomorrow:
        http://www.wickedlocal.com/arts/x1310...

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        1. re: Scotpaulabear

          I love the Wicked Local blurb that ends with "Barefoot Bob's award-winning chowder and lobster rolls", in an article about KN coming to rescue them!

          1. re: Science Chick

            Is there a lobster-roll version of the Razzies?

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          2. re: Scotpaulabear

            Cool! Drove past it yesterday and wondered what was up! I thought it was "Bar Rescue"... now I know :)

          3. Any update? Was the show much of an exaggeration? Did it get better?

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            1. re: ajmcguire

              It's a 2 part episode, so the second half will air next week.
              They didn't show any of the changes or anything.

              I hope it was a huge exaggeration and the chef was playing for the cameras, because cooking chicken that was dropped on the floor sure is something.

              1. re: rknrll

                unfourtunately I feel that the owners had a bad relationship with the chef as well as some of the servers and these certain servers and chef played it up for the cameras.

                1. re: rknrll

                  Oh ok - I thought I was catching a re-run. No way everything in that first episode was real.

              2. I dont care how much the place improves in the second part. Yuck.

                1. The real shame of this show is that I found out their parents own L'Osteria, which is one of my favorite spots. I realize that's not fair to tie the two of them together, but that's what happens when you voluntarily go on national television and associate yourself with a restaurant that serves chicken from the floor and dead mussels... Maybe they're dumb enough to play it up to the cameras, but I don't know why anyone would ever eat there after watching that show.

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                  1. re: mkfisher

                    I don't know why anyone would eat there after having eaten there either.

                  2. I was really surprised to see LaGalleria on Kitchen Nightmares. Whule I haven't been in awhile, I went often when they first opened. Rita's husband (ex) was not the head chef then. I found Rita to be quite personable and excited about her restaurant. It also wasn't unusual to see her mother come over to help so it seemed strange to me that given the support they had, the restaurant wasn't successful. It also was a huge risk for them to go on a show like this. I hope it works for them, and I would go back. She just needs to get a new chef. IMO, the dropped chicken was just for the camera or he was simply being arrogant.

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                    1. re: Pegmeister

                      I guess business success isn't genetic. I do loathe that TV show.

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                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        Good point. My thought was, with all the support they had, Rita and her sister would have been able to identify the issues and correct them.
                        Gordan Ramsey seemed a little tamer on this show. In May, DH and I went to the opening night of his steak house at the Paris Hotel in Vegas, and while it was amazing, you could feel the electricity (read tensions) in the room.