Gordon Ramsay Takes Another Victim
- Jun 20, 2013
By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor
Being on television isn’t as glamorous as a lot of people think. And it doesn’t always lead to automatic success. That’s a lesson one Nashville restaurant learned the hard way.
In what was a resounding disappointment, Chappy’s on Church, a Cajun restaurant located at 1721 Church St. in Nashville’s Midtown, signed up to be featured on the Gordon Ramsay-led Kitchen Nightmares reality show. The move, meant to bring publicity for the restaurant and bigger revenues, had the opposite effect. In fact, the restaurant has been closed down by the Tennessee Department of Revenue for not paying state taxes, reports the Nashville Business Journal.
Chappy’s had been struggling for quite some time. The same source reported the restaurant’s building sold in a foreclosure auction in early 2012, and was purchased by Dialysys Clinic, Inc. for $1.3 million. The restaurant remained on as a tenant however. But the business’ appearance on television showed the restaurant to have a less-than-sanitary kitchen. Potential costumers avoided the eatery, and revenue kept going down. While the former owners have revealed on social media that they’re taking time with family, no news has been released to future tenants about the lease.
According to real estate website PropertyShark.com, the single-story building housing the now defunct eatery comprises 17,200 square feet and was built in 1928. Previous to its foreclosure auction, it was owned by Chappy’s on Church former owners, who purchased in 2007 for $2.8 million the asset and were operating the entity as Chapman, John H & Starr S. The property’s land value rings in at $450,000, while the entire asset holds an estimated market value of $1.57 million for years 2010 and 2011.
Image courtesy of Kitchen Nightmares’ Facebook page