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Burger Kitchen Episode Recap
Burger Kitchen opened for just 16 months, but it already has serious problems due to a warring family.
Alan Saffron was short of money and opened the restaurant with $250,000 from his inheritance.
The money was part a one-million dollar inheritance from his Grandfather. His father used it without his permission to realize his dream of owning his restaurant.
Alan doesn’t consider Daniel a business partner. He makes key decisions without telling Daniel and doesn’t tell him anything about the restaurant’s finances.
Gordon arrives in LA and is impressed with the location on trendy 3rd Street. The interior also impresses him.
He sits down and talks with Jen and Alan who share that they are open for 16 month and losing approximately $6000 per monthly.
Gordon asks them why they blame Burger Kitchen staff, since they have changed chefs and servers many times and also made multiple menu changes.
Alan believes Yelp are ruining his restaurant by deleting all 5 star reviews and leaving only negative feedback.
Alan says his son resents him and tells Gordon that he thinks the food tastes like a 4/5.
Gordon orders a range burgers from the California to Cowboy Burger, medium rare and an Australian meat pie.
The food is disappointing as the burgers are bland, tasteless, with doughy buns or disappointing buns, and the Australian Meat Pie tastes more like cat food.
David has to prepare a Redemption Burger burger while Alan makes a frozen prepared one.
Gordon and Wendy are making the burgers while Daniel visits his home. Gordon hears from Daniel that Wendy and his relatives had a disagreement and that they don’t respect her.
Gordon hears Alan say that Wagyu beef was better than what it sounds like. Gordon also hears that Alan wrote a book about the father of his son.
Daniel is dispatched to work front-of-house for the evening service. Food rushes out the kitchen only to be returned uncooked.
David appears like a deer in headlights and can’t keep up. Exasperated by ticket drama, he explodes and threatens Daniel. He then gets fired.
David arrives back to pay the money that he owes, and the guests leave. David owes $1000. He doesn’t want another check that will bounce.
Jen and Alan aren’t sure they have $1000. Jen offers to pay him next day, but he refuses and tells them he doesn’t know if they’ll be open next day.
Wendy, Daniel’s partner, says he doesn’t want to contribute more cash to his business. A second argument ensues.
Gordon invites them to a theatre, and the Yelpers are brought out to squash Alan’s conspiracy theories.
Yelp’s Community Manager, as well as numerous diners who posted Yelp Reviews, assure Alan that they are true. However, Alan continues to doubt that the reviews are genuine.
Alan was told by Yelpers that they were giving him constructive feedback. One poster said that he received an answer from Alan, and that he was also met with a barrage email.
Alan even threatened Yelp reviewers, and threatened to file one with the LAPD Hate Crime Division to be reviewed.
Ramsay is able to communicate with a restaurant owner on how to deal with Yelp.
Gordon’s next concern is his family relationships. Daniel tells us that they are mistrusting him because he has taken his money.
Alan claimed that Daniel had placed $250,000 of his own money in while Daniel put in $250,000. However, Daniel reminds Alan that he didn’t put the money into the account and that he wasn’t allowed to use the money.
Gordon has a new recipe that calls for fresh ground beef, rather than frozen Wagyu beef.
The menu has been updated and shortened. There will be new burgers such as a lamb burger. Side dishes include vodka battered onion rings, parmesan fries and side dishes.
They will also be making their very own barbecue sauce. The new menu is well received by staff who sample it.
Gordon’s surprise is that the restaurant will be packed with reviewers from Yelp, Urban Spoon and Chow, as well as other major blogs and review sites.
Daniel makes a great start, but Alan is too distracting to stay out of Daniel’s kitchen.
This results in some food being returned to the Chow-table because they are undercooked. Gordon is furious and urges Alan to get the kitchen out and let Daniel cook.
Gordon informs them that Daniel did a great deal on the relaunch. Alan tells them that Daniel is doing a great job in running the restaurant.
Jen and Alan agree to let Daniel take charge of the restaurant.
Latest on Burger Kitchen
According to reports, the restaurant changed ownership in August 2011. By October 2011, there had been a rebranding and a smaller menu, new Chefs, and new management.
Negative Yelp reviews continued, and customers reported that Gordon’s burgers weren’t on the menu.
The restaurant had a for-lease sign in January, and it was closed in February.
This episode will make a lot more sense if you read through the book tour by the grandfather and father.
However, there is more to the story. The grandfather left Alan money but he didn’t leave Danny any. He took Dannys money. Who is greater SATAN?
I felt terrible for my son. This is not the same as other children who feel pressured by their parents to give them money. His father took his money!
I wish Daniel had brought charges against his father for the theft of his funds. His father was a straight-up criminal.
It is important to realize that even though she was spiteful and petty, her mother clearly had prescription drug problems. Look closely at her eyes. It is this that David the chef was so passionate about the hole Prozac was and why she was defensive. Pay attention to how she surveys the remodel and looks for things she could sell to make a quick profit. I was most bothered by the fact that my parents had no money and expected their son to make all the payments. Pay attention to the conversation in the restaurant regarding finances. They knew he had $160,000 at the bank. They are manipulating the thieves and want the inheritance money. They are the worst. I hope my son reads this. ……… Let them go. You can start your own family and have your own life. Good luck.
This was evidently after he had endured much guff. The narcissists can often force the sane to act in ways they wouldn’t otherwise. He was the 20th chef in their 18-month-old opening. This is what law enforcement refers to as a clue. It didn’t have anything to do with him, but it did with them.
I watched the episode. I hope the father ends his life in prison. Management of someone’s trust fund does not entail taking any money and investing it in your favorite project. The son’s girlfriend was a problem because she knew the extent to which the father and son were exploiting the son. It was particularly concerning because there was no documentation that the son was a half owner. I liked the way they claimed they didn’t have the obligation to pay the son since he had 160 million. They also requested that he pay the chef his wages. After the revelation that Ramsey had stolen money from their child, I don’t think Chef Ramsey owed any respect to the parents.
I’m amazed that the place survived so long. I’ve never met people who were so out of touch and disconnected from reality. Jen and Alan look like they have mental health issues. His father should have sued the son for the quarter-million dollars he stole. The chef was the only one who seemed to understand what they were doing.