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Location: New Orleans, LA
Location: New Orleans, LA
Episode Summary: Brothers Moe and Rami running a seafood restaurant out of busy Bourbon Street in New Orleans with Executive Chef Damon in the kitchen. The brothers have an explosive relationship with each other and with the staff. The place is dirty and has rats. Gordon arrives and sits down in the restaurant which appears to be in 2 halves. with 2 menus. Gordon speaks to the waiter and discovers that the owners fire a lot of staff, his server has been fired 4 times! Gordon orders the Seafood Gumbo, Crab Cake Platter and Blackened Bayou Duck. The gumbo is disgusting and it tastes old, the crab cake platter is soggy and tastes as if has been frozen and the duck is tough and tastes as if it has been cooked for 5 days. Rami agrees it is tough and Moe disagrees and eats it himself. The chefs deny that the crab cakes are frozen and owner Rami tells him they are. Gordon discovers his duck was cooked a month ago and frozen. Gordon oversees a dinner service and walks into a kitchen full of smoke. Lots of food is sent back to the kitchen, the warmer unit is not even hot, the crabs are milky, very old off prawns that make Gordon retch/vomit and there is sour food. The crawfish and pasta is cooked days in advance. There are boxes and boxes of going off food in the fridge and a bag of warm jambalaya. He then finds a mouse trip with 3 dead mice in. Gordon shuts down the restaurant.
Gordon calls in the exterminators a live mouse runs out the trap and finds out they have never had a proper clean, they start deep cleaning the kitchen. Moe starts shouting at Rami as he blames him alongside Damon. Moe then starts shouting at the servers, throwing chairs and downing shots. Executive Chef Damon is sacked. Moe has all his recipes in his head and won't write them down so the chefs have no idea what they are meant to be cooking. Moe shouts at Gordon. Gordon starts by revamping the menu as Moe offers no recipes and teaches them a blackened salmon. The owners allow Gordon to make whatever changes he needs to make. Moe vomits (?) Gordon does a dining room makeover with a fresh lick of paint and a decluttering. They samples the new menu and Moe likes it!
Relaunch night and it starts with Moe being M.I.A. Rami is supervising the kitchen and Moe running the front of house. Moe abandons the front of house and hovers around the kitchen and has to be sent back out the front. The customers are liking the new menu. Moe appears back in the kitchen and is moaning about the speed of the food. Moe walks out, Gordon goes after him. Gordon leaves and is unsure if Oceana will still be there when he revisits.
What Happened Next: The restaurant is still open. After filming, online posts seem to suggest that nothing had changed, the decor didn't look much different, unhappy customers still get shouted at and the menu was mostly the same too. A lot of the staff left too. I would suggest reading the Trip Advisor reviews (which are highly suspect as are mostly by new reviewers and done on mobiles, there is a rumour that you get a free drink for a positive Trip Advisor review) especially at the lower end as there is not much information on what happened next other than on review sites. Please email me any updates or information.