Kitchen Nightmares - Barefoot Bobs Update - Open or Closed? (2023)

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Gordon Ramsay visited Barefoot Bob’s in Hull, Massachusetts.

Barefoot Bobs is owned by husband and wife Marc and Lisa, who bought the restaurant in 2007 as they had always worked in the industry.

The ocean view restaurant was initially successful until winter came around.

Their summer business was not enough to cover their expenses over the winter.

In a bid to cut costs, Marc let go of the chef and took over the role of chef with Lisa managing front of house.

The staff believe that Lisa is the biggest problem in the restaurant.

She is not as hardworking as Marc who is in the restaurant 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.

He is stressed out and it is affecting his marriage with Lisa.

Gordon meets with Lisa and Marc separately and learns of the origins of the restaurant.

Marc thinks Lisa has dropped the ball in managing the front of the house and this has affected their business.

She comes in just 2 days a week, works on budgeting, scheduling and general office work whilst Marc has to pick up the slack.

Marc tells him that they once had a happy marriage and he doesn't think Lisa loves him.

Lisa believes she works hard and reveals they there is a lot of friction and their marriage is on the line.

Lisa tells Gordon that she is worried about the winter season and is the only who is working hard in the restaurant.

Gordon meets Jessica, a server, who tells him Lisa is the one who is driving the restaurant down and she is rarely there.

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Gordon was given a big menu to order from that was also quite dirty.

Jessica took it to the kitchen and wiped it down before returning it to him to place his order.

He immediately noticed a typo on a repeated ‘buffalo chicken skins’.

He ordered Bob’s Big Buoy platter, the New England Clam Chowder and on their recommendation, Bob’s Lobster Roll.

Gordon walks around the restaurant and sees decorative plates caked in dust.

The first dish to arrive was the big buoy platter and it is a huge mess of disgusting, unseasoned and soggy seafood.

The lobster roll arrives next and the portion was also huge and filled with expensive seafood.

Gordon says that in his lobster roll was the meat from at least 6 lobster claws but it was soggy and messy.

Last was the clam chowder and Gordon found it floury and bland without a clam in sight.

He asks Jessica to taste it and she agreed it was thick and floury.

She gave Marc in the kitchen a taste and he also agreed.

Marc had no idea the food was that bad.

Gordon called the kitchen staff into the dining room for feedback on the service.

Lisa tried to defend the meals saying that no customer had complained about the food.

The cook said the recipes are all in his head and Gordon berated him for not having standards.

Gordon arrives for a dinner service and meets Lisa who introduces her brother Rob, who works behind the bar.

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Gordon is shocked that the evening entertainment is a psychic reader Alicia who has paid for by the restaurant.

Gordon sits with her for a reading on the restaurant and the revelations were not inspiring.

She saw a break in the restaurant or the owners with a divorce card.

The dinner service is busy because of the summer season and Lisa is laid back.

Gordon is told that she was hardly around and her being around is a rare occurrence.

The food leaves the kitchen quickly but it is sent back for being cold, overcooked and soggy.

The kitchen staff tell Gordon that Marc is so overworked that he is making himself ill.

Gordon investigates the walk-in fridge and sees raw meat in bags abandoned on the floor with raw pork and cooked chicken side by side.

There is also a dirty chilli bucket, dirty trays and 25 old frozen pizzas that have gone bad.

Thousands of dollars are being lost by the state of their walk-in and wasted produce.

Gordon asks about their labour costs and their break-even but both don’t know, even Lisa that handles the books.

Marc gets upset and goes to clean up the kitchen while Lisa doesn’t look fazed.

Gordon meets with the owners the next day, hoping to get them on the same page again.

The balance in workload is not equal and Marc said for him to be able to concentrate on the back of the house she has to do more for the front.

She promised to commit some more effort to make it work.

Gordon said they urgently need an accountant and a consultant is brought in to put together a business plan and a budget for the business.

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Gordon works on the menu teaching the kitchen two new specials, an improved New England clam chowder and Fish and Chips.

The staff loved the new recipes for the dishes.

To see out the winter period, Gordon makes them see that the surrounding town has over 100,000 locals who live there all year round.

They visit local towns to promote the restaurant and they have a winter marketing campaign planned.

They gave out same chowders which the locals love.

Gordon’s team worked all night to redecorate the restaurant.

The restaurant has been made more open and brighter with a nautical feel.

Gordon shows them a new POS system from Lavu and Zephyr Hardware that can be operated by wirelessly.

It will also give Lisa direct updates on the inventory and help with purchasing.

Gordon has reduced the size of the menu to one page of simple seafood based dishes with smaller portions.

Everyone loves the changes and the new food except for Lisa’s brother Rob was upset about the changes.

He thought the restaurant was more of a yacht club than a casual spot.

He quit and walks away saying they don’t need cold drinks anymore.

Gordon came in and saw Rob who let him know his mind but Gordon asks if he is drunk because if they changed back they would be facing bankruptcy.

Marc is called to talk to Bob and tells him he needed to get on board and convinces him to give it a shot for their sake.

On relaunch night, the customers arrive and the servers used their devices to send orders to the kitchen and the customers loved the new food.

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An hour in, the kitchen starts to get backed up with food orders being missing and customers kept waiting.

Lisa has servers stop taking orders, so the kitchen has some time to catch up and it works.

Gordon is happy that they ended the relaunch night successfully and reminded Bob to support the couple.

What Happened Next at Barefoot Bobs?

In the following days, the restaurant had been doing better with the consultant on board and they were hopeful to survive the winter.

They reverted to their old menu as they felt the new menu was too upscale for the locals.

They also revealed they were bringing the decor back to the "tiki" feel and hosted a Kitchen Fantasy viewing party on the night the episode was aired.

Post filming reviews look mixed, mainly 1/2 star negative reviews on Yelp with negative comments on service and poor quality food.

Reviews on Trip Advisor were more positive with compliments to the food.

Barefoot Bobs closed in December 2016.

The phone line was disconnected and it was reported as closed on Yelp etc.

It appears that they closed suddenly as the closure was not announced on social media before the pages were quickly shut down.

HK Too opened in it's location and currently Yelp reviews are mixed with an average 2.5 rating.

Barefoot Bobs was aired on December 97 2012, the episode was filmed in May 2012 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 6 episode 5.

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Barefoot Bob's closed in December 2016 and no reason was given as to why they closed. Barefoot Bob's dropped a lot of Gordon Ramsay's suggestions and changes after he left and they went back to their tiki theme. Despite this, the restaurant still lasted for more than four years after the Kitchen Nightmares makeover.

Did Barefoot Bobs survive? ›

Barefoot Bobs closed in December 2016. The phone line was disconnected and it was reported as closed on Yelp etc. It appears that they closed suddenly as the closure was not announced on social media before the pages were quickly shut down.

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Is Kitchen Nightmares coming back in 2022? ›

Kitchen Nightmares had a total of seven seasons between 2007 and 2014, when Gordon Ramsay decided to end the series.

Do the restaurants on Kitchen Nightmares get paid? ›

The show has been accused of hiring actors as diners, and this disclaimer essentially admits that diners are, on some level, paid. They're being given the opportunity to eat for free and become TV stars, like the diners on Hell's Kitchen.

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The fact that it's only a 60 percent failure rate is a testament to Ramsay's abilities. The world is full of coaches, consultants and experts like Ramsay who try to help struggling small-business owners succeed.

Is DownCity still open? ›

A few months after the airing of the episode, DownCity closed and a new restaurant opened in its place. As of 2014 Abby Cabral is a personal fitness trainer with Total Fitness Clubs.

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Drum roll, please. Seven-Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay owns a whopping 58 total restaurants worldwide, says Parade. The establishments operate under 26 different names and are spread across the globe.

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The show premiered September 19, 2007, on Fox. On June 23, 2014, Ramsay announced that he was ending the series; the final episode aired on September 12 that year. In June 2018, Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back, a new series with a premise much like Kitchen Nightmares but a shorter timeline, premiered on Fox.

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Though, the writer noted that what happened on the show was not fabricated. He recalled: "This behavior that you see (or will see) on the show is 100% true to form and not doctored for TV."

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Which Gordon Ramsay restaurant failed? ›

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How much did Gordon Ramsay spend on Kitchen Nightmares? ›

"[Kitchen Nightmares had a] $1.5 million-an-episode budget, and someone else deserves the chance to get me and my team in there."

Do people apply for Kitchen Nightmares? ›

To nominate a restaurant, e-mail the eatery's name, location and a brief explanation of why you think it deserves consideration to, or call the casting hot line and leave a message at 1-866-226-2226.

How much do Gordon Ramsay's employees make? ›

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Chef salaries - 3 salaries reported$50,048/yr
Server salaries - 2 salaries reported$34,039/yr
Lawyer salaries - 1 salaries reported$114,580/yr
Line Cook salaries - 1 salaries reported$37,487/yr
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Do Hell's kitchen contestants get to keep their jackets? ›

While Jon is eliminated right before the finale, Ramsay called him the best chef that the blue kitchen this season had. Not only is he allowed to keep his jacket, but Ramsay told him to stay in touch in case of a job opportunity. He's currently working at "Gordon Ramsay Steak" as a Sous Chef under Christina Wilson.

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The Kitchen Nightmares Success Rate stands at 20%

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You're Cut Off from the Rest of the World While Filming.

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Who is the owner of Kitchen Nightmares? ›

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Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona, first gained notoriety for being the first restaurant that celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey refused to help on his TV show, Kitchen Nightmares.

Why did Kitchen Nightmares stop? ›

Ramsay felt that he shouldn't have acted out. As per Eater, Ramsay chose to conclude Kitchen Nightmares himself. Yes, really. He explained that he was tired of being called out for being harsh on restaurants.

How many Michelin stars does Gordon Ramsay have? ›

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Though, the writer noted that what happened on the show was not fabricated. He recalled: "This behavior that you see (or will see) on the show is 100% true to form and not doctored for TV."

Is anything staged on Kitchen Nightmares? ›

Kitchen Nightmares was not scripted, but the reality-format show did allegedly have elements that were manipulated by the producers of the show.

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Critic AA Gill and his companion Joan Collins were thrown out of Ramsay's self-titled restaurant in Chelsea in 1998. The chef was reportedly angry over Gill's description of him in a review as a failed sportsman who acts like an 11-year-old.

Was Gordon Ramsay ever jailed? ›

Ramsay, a Michelin Star Chef in the UK, enters Brixton prison over a six-month period (December 2011 to June 2012) with the goal of teaching inmates how to cook and run a sustainable business selling goods prepared inside the prison to the general public.

Does Gordon Ramsay regret? ›

As Gordon Ramsay wraps up the first season of The F Word this week, the foul-mouthed chef also admitted he regrets ending Kitchen Nightmares, the show that made him famous. "I got fed up with Kitchen Nightmares because I was getting s--t," Ramsay told the New York Daily News.


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