(Note: I originally posted this entry on August 26, 2008, on my Yahoo! GeoCities blog.)
On September 4, one week from Thursday, the second season of Kitchen Nightmares premieres on Fox. It starts with a two-hour special in which Gordon Ramsay revisits six of the ten restaurants he went to last year. It's safe to assume he won't return to Lela's (which went out of business due to insurmountable debts), and there is no Sebastian's in Burbank, California anymore (because the owner of that restaurant decided to move back to Boston; the Burbank restaurant is now known as Robano's). That leaves eight restaurants that Gordon could possibly visit, but I'd be surprised if he managed to visit the former Seascape Inn (which got sold).
(UPDATE 1-7-2010: The former Seascape Inn is now one of a chain of J&R's Steak Houses.)
The following week will feature the Handlebar Restaurant in Mt. Sinai, NY. which Gordon visited in February. According to MSN's TV site, the owners were in denial about the restaurant's outdated decor and the head chef's lack of passion.
I've found proof that Gordon truly saw more of America this year (unlike last year, when he stuck around New York and Los Angeles).
For starters, the September 18 episode will feature a restaurant called Giuseppe's, not far at all from me in Macomb Township, Michigan.
Two of the four restaurants listed below are in the midwestern U.S.:
Sabatiello's in Stamford, CT
J. Willy's Bar & Grille in South Bend, IN
Hannah & Mason's in Cranbury, NJ
Cafe 36 in La Grange, IL