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Gordon Ramsay makeover Classic American closes
When the little West Babylon eatery Classic American was floundering, its owners called in the big gun: Gordon Ramsay. Following a “Kitchen Nightmares” makeover in November of 2010, which aired two months later, the place experienced a major turnaround. Now, almost three years after that Ramsay visit, it has closed.
Back in February, the place garnered a two-star Newsday review with such well-executed items as a Cubano sandwich, exemplary turkey burger and thick, rich tomato soup served with mini grilled cheese sandwiches. Return visits — the latest about four months ago — showed that the kitchen was pretty much adhering to Ramsay’s rules.
But that’s not always enough to ensure success. Fact is, every other Ramsay makeover on Long Island has closed. That includes Seascape in Islip, The Mixing Bowl in Bellmore, Peter's Pasta in Babylon, Handlebar in Mount Sinai, Trobiano’s in Great Neck and, more recently, Finn McCool's in Westhampton Beach, which lasted a record-breaking six years after Ramsay swept through.