Eight of 13 New York area Kitchen Nightmares restaurants have closed

Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares will return sometime this season, but while the show may be entertaining, it’s not always successful: eight of 13 New York area restaurants Ramsay visited during seasons one and two are no longer open.

While The New York Post’s report on the closed restaurants tries to blame the series (“several former owners have blamed Ramsay”), it has one piece of evidence, an October 2008 blog post by Dave Leonard of Chelsea’s Black Pearl.

There are actually more sources that argue the opposite: Hannah & Mason’s Chris Posner told the paper, “With or without the show, I think we would have closed.” And Ramsay himself said, “Unfortunately, they were going to close anyway before I got there. They want to take me on as opposed to listening to me. Chefs are so proud and filled with martyrism that they would rather sit there and sink than think out of the box and fix it. When they do well, it is never [publicized]. When they don’t do well, you get the blame for it.”

Fatal Mis-Steaks [New York Post]

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