I guess if your restaurant is in need of an overhaul the idea of allowing Chef Gordon Ramsay through the front door with a team of pros might seem pretty awesome. The cost of renovations is steep and sometimes a fresh eye is better at tweaking a menu than that of someone who has been invested in the business for years. At least that’s what John Chapman thought when Ramsay’s scouts came through the front door of his Nashville eatery, Chappy’s. He talked exclusively to the National Enquirer saying,
“My customers hated it. People would get up and walk out as soon as they saw it. They loved the gumbos and fish, shrimp and oysters. They weren’t coming in for hamburgers – that’s for sure. The new furnishings and country fare has turned a fun restaurant into a funeral parlor. The life is gone!”
Just how bad was business after the Kitchen Nightmares’ crew left? Chappy’s went from serving 200 patrons a night, to a single table at best! He hung in there with Ramsay’s business plan for a month before throwing in the towel and returning to his old way of doing things. Interestingly enough, business picked right up!
“They kept telling me to wait for the show to air, but if I did that, I’d be gone. I plan to redo the decor back to the original as soon as I can get the money together.”
It’s funny we don’t hear about this more often. I’m sure not every renovation is a success because Ramsay isn’t perfect in spite of his own personal belief otherwise. Every restaurant isn’t going to be an instant success with his hands in the proverbial pot. I wonder if we’ll hear more about some of the failures now that one person has come forward. Are you a Ramsay fan? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
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