The episode wherein Gordon Ramsey visited Jack's Waterfront Restaurant in St. Clair Shores finally aired last night. Judging from the snow on the ground in it, the episode was actually filmed last winter. It was interesting to see the behind-the-scenes politics of restaurant ownership at a familiar locale. As always, Gordon Ramsey seemed to zero in on the underlying problem: Jack's new owners had no clear management structure, which resulted in no one taking responsibility for bad food.
Unlike most Kitchen Nightmares episodes, there was no clear happy ending, but the owners took steps based on Ramsey's advice. They also received some cosmetic changes via Ramsey that helped to give the restaurant more character -- you can apparently thank him for the restaurant's now multiple aquariums, corrugated-metal walls and hanging dinghies.
Jack's Waterfront Restaurant in St. Clair Shores
Photo © Sara Weagel
Having dined there this last summer, the owners seem to be on the right track with the food and at least one of Ramsey's new dishes, the poached salmon, remains on the menu. What do you think? Does anyone else have any experiences before, during or after the new ownership at Jack's and/or the Kitchen Nightmares visit?