History YMMV / KitchenNightmares

9th Aug '16 8:16:27 PM LLSmoothJ
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** Retroactively Denise of "Cafe Hon." Wanting to Trademark "Cafe Hon" would be one thing, but the word "Hon" itself, which is a local icon in Baltimore? How else would the people of Baltimore react? And that's not even mentioning [[KickTheDog her going after anyone who would use the word "Hon."]]

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** Retroactively Denise of "Cafe Hon." Wanting to Trademark "Cafe Hon" would be one thing, but the word "Hon" itself, which is a local cultural icon in Baltimore? How else would the people of Baltimore react? And that's not even mentioning [[KickTheDog her going after anyone who would use the word "Hon."]]
7th Aug '16 1:42:40 PM LLSmoothJ
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** Retroactively Denise of "Cafe Hon." Wanting to Trademark "Cafe Hon" would be one thing, but the word "Hon" itself, which is a local icon in Baltimore? How else would the people of Baltimore react? And that's not even mentioning [[KickTheDog her going after anyone who would use the word "Hon."]]
7th Aug '16 1:35:04 PM DavidDelony
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* {{Squick}}: The state of many of the kitchens and food storage areas makes one wonder how many of the customers do not end up with food poisoning(in fact, only one instance was shown of this happening), as well as how many health inspectors are either not doing their jobs or are taking bribes. It also makes one wonder if the restaurants they eat in every day may have the same conditions in the back.

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* {{Squick}}: The state of many of the kitchens and food storage areas makes one wonder how many of the customers do not end up with food poisoning(in fact, only one instance was shown of this happening), as well as how many health inspectors are either not doing their jobs or are taking bribes. [[ParanoiaFuel It also makes one wonder if the restaurants they eat in every day may have the same conditions in the back.back]].
2nd Aug '16 12:37:40 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Even worse, a number of these kitchens have [[BlatantLies clearly posted "A" ratings]] from their local health departments. There are only two explanations: either they cleaned up solely for the health inspectors and let it fall apart the rest of the time, or the inspectors [[NoOSHACompliance didn't do]] [[TheyJustDidntCare their jobs.]]

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** Even worse, a number of these kitchens have [[BlatantLies clearly posted "A" ratings]] from their local health departments. There are only two explanations: either they cleaned up solely for the health inspectors and let it fall apart the rest of the time, or the inspectors [[NoOSHACompliance didn't do]] [[TheyJustDidntCare their jobs.]]



* TheyJustDidntCare: Aside from their niece, the three owners in the "Hot Potato Café" are an example of this. One of them even admitted that long ago, they just suddenly lost enthusiasm or concern for the quality of their food or service.

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* TheyJustDidntCare: Aside from their niece, the three owners in the "Hot Potato Café" are an example of this. One of them even admitted that long ago, they just suddenly lost enthusiasm or concern for the quality of their food or service.
19th Jul '16 11:34:04 PM LadyNorbert
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** During the "Burger Kitchen" episode, the owners are an elderly couple and their adult son Daniel. Over the course of the episode, it is revealed that the restaurant was opened after Daniel's grandfather (the husband's father) had passed away, leaving a sizable inheritance to his son and grandson. The grandfather had left his grandson's portion of the inheritance in a trust which the son used as start-up capitol for the restaurant, without his own son's knowledge or permission. Basically, Daniel was presented with a ''fait accompli'' and felt he had no choice but to go along with it, despite not having any interest in being a restauranteur, taking on a job as a kitchen manager. On top of that, the restaurant itself was in dire financial straits, with his parents constantly coming to him for further funds to meet payroll, not keeping accurate books as far as his initial and continuing contributions to the restaurant fund, belittling his fiancé when she volunteers her time to help him out, and constantly stonewalling him when he comes to them wanting official documentation about his 50% share in the business. The best they do is a handmade document printed from a home computer that looks like the legal equivalent of an I.O.U. written on a cocktail napkin. The overall situation, and resulting discord, was so great that the result became one of the few two-part episodes in the entire series.

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** During the "Burger Kitchen" episode, the owners are an elderly couple and their adult son Daniel. Over the course of the episode, it is revealed that the restaurant was opened after Daniel's grandfather (the husband's father) had passed away, leaving a sizable inheritance to his son and grandson. The grandfather had left his grandson's portion of the inheritance in a trust which the son used as start-up capitol capital for the restaurant, without his own son's knowledge or permission. Basically, Daniel was presented with a ''fait accompli'' and felt he had no choice but to go along with it, despite not having any interest in being a restauranteur, taking on a job as a kitchen manager. On top of that, the restaurant itself was in dire financial straits, with his parents constantly coming to him for further funds to meet payroll, not keeping accurate books as far as his initial and continuing contributions to the restaurant fund, belittling his fiancé fiancée when she volunteers her time to help him out, and constantly stonewalling him when he comes to them wanting official documentation about his 50% share in the business. The best they do is a handmade document printed from a home computer that looks like the legal equivalent of an I.O.U. written on a cocktail napkin. The overall situation, and resulting discord, was so great that the result became one of the few two-part episodes in the entire series.



*** Another Spike TV show, ''Tattoo Rescue'' has tattoo expert Joey Tattoo and his cousin Sammy rescuing and renovating failing Tattoo shops, every episode there's a challenge for the employees to compete in, and the winner gets a prize.

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*** Another Spike TV show, ''Tattoo Rescue'' has tattoo expert Joey Tattoo and his cousin Sammy rescuing and renovating failing Tattoo shops, every tattoo shops. Every episode there's a challenge competition for the employees to compete in, employees, and the winner gets a prize.



** ''Series/HotelHell,'' is a spin-off of ''Kitchen Nightmares'', and also stars Gordon Ramsay, but it also follows both UK Channel 5's ''Hotel Inspector'' and The Travel Channel's ''Hotel Impossible.''

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** ''Series/HotelHell,'' ''Series/HotelHell'' is a spin-off of ''Kitchen Nightmares'', and also stars Gordon Ramsay, but it also follows both UK Channel 5's ''Hotel Inspector'' and The Travel Channel's ''Hotel Impossible.''



** The owner of Cafe Hon trademarked the word "hon" and tried to sue or C&D anyone in Baltimore who used it commercially(including the city itself), which led to a negative reputation of her and her restaurant. It's practically identical to what the Fine Brothers on Youtube would do years later with the word "react".

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** The owner of Cafe Hon trademarked the word "hon" and tried to sue or C&D anyone in Baltimore who used it commercially(including commercially (including the city itself), which led to a negative reputation of her and her restaurant. It's practically identical to what the Fine Brothers on Youtube would do years later with the word "react".



* HoYay: Palpable in the ''Chiarella's'' episode between Gordon and the troubled, but fundamentally sweet owner, Tommy. When Gordon saves the day, there is much hugging, mutual admiration and Tommy even kisses him on the cheek when they part company. It's ramped right up though in the revisited episode, where Tommy shows off his bench-pressing skills in his basement gym before telling Gordon he loves him when he finally leaves, having part-funded Tommy's badly needed liquor license. Aww!

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* HoYay: Palpable in the ''Chiarella's'' episode between Gordon and the troubled, troubled but fundamentally sweet owner, Tommy. When Gordon saves the day, there is much hugging, mutual admiration and Tommy even kisses him on the cheek when they part company. It's ramped right up though in the revisited episode, where Tommy shows off his bench-pressing skills in his basement gym before telling Gordon he loves him when he finally leaves, having part-funded Tommy's badly needed liquor license. Aww!



*** From the same episode there's Daniel, whose own bad attitude makes it hard to feel sorry for him when David threatens him, but when one remembers he was forced into a job he didn't want after his father stole $250,000 from him, it's hard to blame him for being so bitter.

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*** From the same episode there's Daniel, whose own bad attitude makes it hard to feel sorry for him when David threatens him, him; but when one remembers he was forced into a job he didn't want after his father stole $250,000 from him, it's hard to blame him for being so bitter.



** The UK Series has Alan Love and Nick Anderson, owners of Ruby Tate's and Rococo respectively. Both were [[GloryDays reliving past glories]] that left them stuck in the past and unable to move on. Both proved to be rather egotistical (Alan in particular was flat-out manic), uncooperative, and resistant to any changes to their restaurant. They also were both looking at foreclosure and homelessness. Both men [[ManlyTears broke down in tears]] on camera talking about the failures of their restaurant.

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** The UK Series series has Alan Love and Nick Anderson, owners of Ruby Tate's and Rococo respectively. Both were [[GloryDays reliving past glories]] that left them stuck in the past and unable to move on. Both proved to be rather egotistical (Alan in particular was flat-out manic), uncooperative, and resistant to any changes to their restaurant. They also were both looking at foreclosure and homelessness. Both men [[ManlyTears broke down in tears]] on camera talking about the failures of their restaurant.



* NightmareFuel: Some of the kitchens are filled with rotten food (Dillon's and Fiesta Sunrise in particular, both of which also had insects crawling around everywhere), which is not only disgusting but very dangerous given that poorly prepared food can ''kill'' you, or at least make you very sick. (This happened in one episode when a customer had a rotten lobster, and in the UK pilot where Gordon threw up after eating a rotten scallop and flat out told the owners it could've killed him)

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* NightmareFuel: Some of the kitchens are filled with rotten food (Dillon's and Fiesta Sunrise in particular, both of which also had insects crawling around everywhere), which is not only disgusting but very dangerous given that poorly prepared food can ''kill'' you, or at least make you very sick. (This happened in one episode when a customer had a rotten lobster, and in the UK pilot where Gordon threw up after eating a rotten scallop and flat out told the owners it could've killed him) him.)



* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: In the Dillon's episode, Gordon suits up as a steam cleaner in a uniform with equipment that almost looks like something out of ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}''. The upbeat synthesizer music accompanying the scene is obviously a nod to Ray Park jr's ''Ghostbusters'' theme song.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: In the Dillon's episode, Gordon suits up as a steam cleaner in a uniform with equipment that almost looks like something out of ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}''. The upbeat synthesizer music accompanying the scene is obviously a nod to Ray Park jr's Jr.'s ''Ghostbusters'' theme song.



** The owners of Zeke's in the US version, on the confession cam, complain about Ramsay and state that he doesn't know what he's talking about and until Ramsay's name is on the lease, Ramsay doesn't know what it's like. Let's see...failing restaurant versus five 3-Michelin (out of 3) star restaurants. Sure, Ramsay knows nothing about how to make a restaurant successful... Then to make matters worse, after Gordon renovates the building and improves business, the owners close down shortly after and sell the restaurant, because they figure that Gordon's donated renovation can make them a lot of money if they sell the place in its repaired condition.

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** The owners of Zeke's in the US version, on the confession cam, complain about Ramsay and state that he doesn't know what he's talking about and until Ramsay's name is on the lease, Ramsay doesn't know what it's like. Let's see... failing restaurant versus five 3-Michelin (out of 3) star restaurants. Sure, Ramsay knows nothing about how to make a restaurant successful... Then to make matters worse, after Gordon renovates the building and improves business, the owners close down shortly after and sell the restaurant, because they figure that Gordon's donated renovation can make them a lot of money if they sell the place in its repaired condition.



** Hell, any chef that insists "my food's good" or some variation when Gordon first arrives- if their food is so good, then why is most of the city avoiding the place and why is Gordon disgusted by eating it?

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** Hell, any chef that insists "my food's good" or some variation when Gordon first arrives- arrives - if their food is so good, then why is most of the city avoiding the place and why is Gordon disgusted by eating it?



** Also, when Amy fires Katy Samy actually tries to calm the crying girl and make Amy see reason, although he surrenders easily. It's sort of obvious that he just acts like he does because he's [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale scared of his wife]].

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** Also, when Amy fires Katy Katy, Samy actually tries to calm the crying girl and make Amy see reason, although he surrenders easily. It's sort of obvious that he just acts like he does because he's [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale scared of his wife]].



* MoralEventHorizon: Samy crosses it in the first minutes by threatening violence on a customer who complained at having to wait for over an hour for ''one pizza,'' calling the police on the customer then demanding the customer pay for the pizza that he hadn't received. Amy herself crosses it immediately after when she makes a pizza really spicy in the hopes of ''hurting'' another customer, and later fires her only waitress when she asked a question. Amy is proud to have fired hundreds of staff, seeing it as a badge of honor. Their attitude is so toxic they are worse than every chef on ''Series/HellsKitchen'' ever. Dead. Fucking. Serious.

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* MoralEventHorizon: Samy crosses it in the first minutes by threatening violence on a customer who complained at having to wait for over an hour for ''one pizza,'' calling the police on the customer customer, then demanding the customer pay for the pizza that he hadn't received. Amy herself crosses it immediately after when she makes a pizza really spicy in the hopes of ''hurting'' another customer, and later fires her only waitress when she asked asks a question. Amy is proud to have fired hundreds of staff, seeing it as a badge of honor. Their attitude is so toxic they are worse than every chef on ''Series/HellsKitchen'' ever. Dead. Fucking. Serious.



* SoBadItsGood: People started visitng the place ''just'' to see how hilariously inept, incompetent, and insane it is.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: As Amy says at the beginning, "The customer is not always right", which is essentially true, just not for the reasons shown in this episode.

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* SoBadItsGood: People started visitng visiting the place ''just'' to see how hilariously inept, incompetent, and insane it is.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: As Amy says at the beginning, "The customer is not always right", right," which is essentially true, true... just not for the reasons shown in this episode.



** They have since pulled their previous comments and replaced it with the following message (as of May 15, 2013) before making a new FaceBook page.

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** They have since pulled their previous comments and replaced it with the following message (as of May 15, 2013) before making a new FaceBook {{Facebook}} page.



** Note that this had ''never happened before''. Even the infamous Sebastian couldn't drive Gordon out of his restaurant, but the owners of Amy's managed to. They [[http://t.co/sHeF2qtmEC had a rather amazing meltdown]] over the whole affair on their Facebook page. The meltdown got so bad it has been used as a [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyclay/2013/05/14/lessons-from-amys-baking-company-six-things-you-should-never-do-on-social-media/ case example]] for what businesses ''shouldn't'' do on social media.

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** Note that this had ''never happened before''. Even the infamous Sebastian couldn't drive Gordon out of his restaurant, but the owners of Amy's managed to.to do it. They [[http://t.co/sHeF2qtmEC had a rather amazing meltdown]] over the whole affair on their Facebook page. The meltdown got so bad it has been used as a [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyclay/2013/05/14/lessons-from-amys-baking-company-six-things-you-should-never-do-on-social-media/ case example]] for what businesses ''shouldn't'' do on social media.



* TheWoobie: The staff. Miranda starts out as sort of a SadClown, joking with Gordon about the constant drama, bad food and all the other crap she has to deal with (such as being the only server on staff, and Samy stubbornly not allowing her to record orders on the electronic system despite her having plenty of experience.) Then the audience finds out the staff doesn't even get tips because Samy keeps them, claiming that he's doing all the service work anyway. By the end of the first day Katy winds up leaving the building in tears after getting fired for asking a question about an order mix-up. (Amy going on an insult tirade about her afterwards certainly didn't help matters.) Henry and Jessica (former members of the staff) were put through the wringer quite a bit themselves, Henry in particular being forced to do unpaid menial jobs for Samy, such as washing his car in the middle of service. On top of all that, Miranda was fired a couple of weeks after the episode was filmed, for accepting a $5 tip from a customer rather than handing it over to Samy (of course, what Samy was doing was illegal according to the Wage & Hourly Division's laws, so she wasn't doing anything wrong). During the segment showing Amy and Samy watching the security camera of this incident, you can hear the smug satisfaction in Amy's voice as she talks about how they're going to have Miranda arrested.
** Seriously, you can't help but feel bad for Ramsay after that episode. Amy constantly blows up in his face, going total DramaQueen on him, Samy's sitting there letting her do it and all Ramsay wants to do is get things turned around. At points, he seems genuinely dismayed. When he gives his final thoughts, you can't help but feel bad for the guy for pulling off his first American ScrewThisImOuttaHere.

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* TheWoobie: The staff. Miranda starts out as sort of a SadClown, joking with Gordon about the constant drama, bad food and all the other crap she has to deal with (such as being the only server on staff, and Samy stubbornly not allowing her to record orders on the electronic system despite her having plenty of experience.) experience). Then the audience finds out the staff doesn't even get tips because Samy keeps them, claiming that he's doing all the service work anyway. By the end of the first day day, Katy winds up leaving the building in tears after getting fired for asking a question about an order mix-up. (Amy going on an insult tirade about her afterwards certainly didn't help matters.) Henry and Jessica (former members of the staff) were put through the wringer quite a bit themselves, Henry in particular being forced to do unpaid menial jobs for Samy, such as washing his car in the middle of service. On top of all that, Miranda was fired a couple of weeks after the episode was filmed, for accepting a $5 tip from a customer rather than handing it over to Samy (of course, what Samy was doing was illegal according to the Wage & Hourly Division's laws, so she wasn't doing anything wrong). During the segment showing Amy and Samy watching the security camera of this incident, you can hear the smug satisfaction in Amy's voice as she talks about how they're going to have Miranda arrested.
** Seriously, you can't help but feel bad for Ramsay after that episode. Amy constantly blows up in his face, going total DramaQueen on him, Samy's sitting there letting her do it it, and all Ramsay wants to do is get things turned around. At points, he seems genuinely dismayed. When he gives his final thoughts, you can't help but feel bad for the guy for pulling off his first American ScrewThisImOuttaHere.



** Even worse, when Ramsay confronts them about the employees they had hired and fired in a short time, Samy admitted that they have already gone through 100 waiters. Just imagine 100 people having gone through the same things as Miranda and co. Who knows how many of them were subjected to the "if you're terminated for any reason you can't work at any another restaurant within an hour's drive for a year" contract, and took it seriously.

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** Even worse, when Ramsay confronts them about the employees they had hired and fired in a short time, Samy admitted admits that they have already gone through 100 waiters. Just imagine 100 people having gone through the same things as Miranda and co. Who knows how many of them were subjected to the "if you're terminated for any reason you can't work at any another restaurant within an hour's drive for a year" contract, and took it seriously.
9th Jul '16 6:19:38 AM whateveryousay21
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** La Riviera from UK season 2 had a clean restaurant, a generally competent owner and manager, a trained staff, excellent and fresh ingredients, a proper decor and good food. What was the problem? The owner hadn't done his research into the area- the small Scottish town simply wasn't interested in high-priced fine French cuisine and as a result, saw very few customers. This lack of basic research cost the business a fortune.
5th Jul '16 9:54:52 AM 8BrickMario
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* UncannyValley: Many have noted Amy's lifeless, staring eyes, which are only exacerbated by the [[CreepyShadowedUndereyes ridiculous overuse of mascara.]]
28th Jun '16 12:44:18 PM whateveryousay21
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** In the UK ''Ruby Tate's'', the owner decorated the restaurant with art done by "a local artist", one piece featuring a pair of panties stuck to the canvas before painting. Gordon absolutely thought it was disgusting and various diners comment on it, hoping the panties were at least CLEAN when they'd been used in the painting. Owner Allan Love actually had the audacity to defend its presence in the restaurant, but Gordon gleefully gets it out of there during his remodeling.
24th Jun '16 5:49:10 PM whateveryousay21
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** The owners of Zeke's in the US version, on the confession cam, complain about Ramsay and state that he doesn't know what he's talking about and until Ramsay's name is on the lease, Ramsay doesn't know what it's like. Let's see...failing restaurant versus five 3-Michelin (out of 3) star restaurants. Sure, Ramsay knows nothing about how to make a restaurant successful...

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** The owners of Zeke's in the US version, on the confession cam, complain about Ramsay and state that he doesn't know what he's talking about and until Ramsay's name is on the lease, Ramsay doesn't know what it's like. Let's see...failing restaurant versus five 3-Michelin (out of 3) star restaurants. Sure, Ramsay knows nothing about how to make a restaurant successful... Then to make matters worse, after Gordon renovates the building and improves business, the owners close down shortly after and sell the restaurant, because they figure that Gordon's donated renovation can make them a lot of money if they sell the place in its repaired condition.
24th Jun '16 5:43:56 PM whateveryousay21
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** The Old Neighborhood really stood out when Gordon first arrived. The wallpaper was peeling, old antiques linted the rafters, the booths reeked of decades of accumulated body odor, dead mice and droppings were everywhere, an old pair of shoes was underneath a seat in a private booth, piles of garbage were stuffed into waiting area seats... that's not even getting into how nasty the food storage area was, let alone a kitchen that was caked with years of dirt(one of the owners claimed to have cleaned for five days prior to Gordon's arrival, which if true, barely made any noticeable impact to the condition of the place). Gordon was ''especially'' angry when he shut the kitchen down. Needless to say, the cleaned and renovated business, which is still open to this day, was a massive improvement.

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** The Old Neighborhood really stood out when Gordon first arrived. The wallpaper was peeling, old antiques linted the rafters, the booths reeked of decades of accumulated body odor, dead mice and droppings were everywhere, an old pair of shoes was underneath a seat in a private booth, piles of garbage were stuffed into waiting area seats... that's not even getting into how nasty the food storage area was, let alone a kitchen that was caked with years of dirt(one of the owners claimed to have cleaned for five days prior to Gordon's arrival, which if true, barely made any noticeable impact to the condition of the place). Gordon was ''especially'' angry when he shut the kitchen down. Needless to say, the cleaned and renovated business, which is still open to this day, business was a massive improvement.
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