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Gordan Ramsay visited Kansas City’s Bayou on the Vine restaurant during an episode of 24 Hours to Hell and Back in 2019. The series was inspired by Ramsay’s other popular show, Kitchen Nightmares.
During the episode, Ramsay arrives with a local softball team and is disguised in a softball uniform. In typical fashion, Ramsay is disgusted by the food and the décor and even finds cockroaches in the kitchen. Many of the staff do not take Ramsay’s criticism kindly and immediately become defensive. This leads to heated disagreements among him and the owners, who are also family members.
Get a glimpse of Chef Ramsay's undercover surprise visit to Bayou on the Vine here:
Succumbing to his recommendations, the restaurant's owners accept Chef Ramsay’s advice to renovate the restaurant and recreate the menu. Bayou on the Vine then celebrates a relaunch with new kitchen equipment, a new PoS system, and a brand new look. Additionally, the restaurant was renamed Gadson’s, as a tribute to the family.
On the evening of the relaunch, customers appreciate the new menu and décor. However, they’re a bit disappointed at the long wait times. Throughout the night, things slowly progress in the kitchen and Ramsay proclaims the evening to be a great success.
After Chef Ramsay and the filming crew departed, the owners changed the name of the restaurant back to Bayou on the Vine. However, due to the increase in business, they did leave Ramsay’s menu in place.
Bayou on the Vine features regular jazz nights, themed nights, and happy hour specials. There is a $10 cover charge for live music events on Friday and Saturday nights (price is subject to change). The Cajun restaurant is located directly across the street from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum. Walk-ins are welcome.
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