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Can Lisa's Turkish Kitchen Make it Where Bazzini, Others Failed?

Awkward space that once drew Gordon Ramsay's attention on 'Kitchen Nightmares' will be getting a big overhaul.

Lisa Mayisoglu is betting she can make work a space that and drew the ire of failed reality show reclamation project.

With environmental remediation work about to commence at 54 Chestnut St., has instead opted to move to 28 Oak St., spending a month on transforming the vacant space before opening in early September, she told Patch.

It's a space that could certainly use some work. The floors are on different levels, a wall splits the middle of the restaurant and diners climb an unnerving, wrapping staircase to use the restroom.

On reality show 'Kitchen Nightmares,' celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay chastised the space – and much more – when it was under the stewardship of Paul Bazzini. It wasn't much better for , chef-owner of .

"[We] loved being here in the village and sincerely thought it was the right fit for us, but there were many issues with the space that tapped us out and we just can't float it any longer," Cera told Patch shortly before her restaurant closed in April.

Mayisoglu won't be making minor alterations. She'll be leveling the floors, removing the middle wall, and adding handicap-accessible bathroom on the main dining floor.

Surprisingly, the 28 Oak St. space can actually hold more diners than her current 54 Chestnut St. location. She'll be able to house about 90 guests and plans to expand the operation to include catering.

The menu will be much the same, though Mayisolgu plans to bake Turkish bread on premises, she said. The interior – with a Turkish flair – may be getting a paint job, she said.

Lisa's Turkish Kitchen will be closed from Aug 5. to the first week in September, she said.

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Lisa Ertle August 02, 2012 at 02:34 AM
The food is delicious and Lisa is very nice. Love to end the meal with some Turkish coffee. Can't wait to visit the new location!
bali August 02, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Right .. I think so it's not any food...Maybe nothing else.. one word "EXCELLENT"

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