Lela’s returns, but only on Fox

When the downtown Pomona restaurant Lela’s closed last summer, the fate of the “Kitchen Nightmares” reality show taped at the restaurant also seemed to be in question. After all, the premise is that brash TV chef Gordon Ramsay would visit a failing restaurant and try to turn it around. Lela’s obviously wasn’t going to be a success story. Would the episode air even though the restaurant was gone?

That question has been answered. The episode about Lela’s is scheduled to air Wednesday. The synopsis, from the “Nightmares” website:

“Chef Ramsay tries to rev up business for Lela’s, an upscale restaurant in desperate need of clientele. When Gordon gets in the kitchen and starts criticizing the menu items, the executive chef is less than thrilled and they have a showdown in front of the entire staff. Find out if the changes stick and if the owner Lela will withstand this type of behavior in her restaurant.”

That’s at 9 p.m. on Fox.

* Update: A blow-by-blow account of the episode can be read, and marveled at, here, and the episode in all its, um, glory can be watched here.

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  • http://diversitown.blogspot.com meg

    I’ve been looking forward to this for months!

    We tried to eat at Lela’s, right before they closed down. We didn’t even get to a menu — we sat for 30 minutes after the laconic manager seated us. He spent all that time correcting mistakes (on bills and on plates) at a snail’s pace. We finally walked out, understanding why the place settings of so many tables were messed up with no signs of eating.

    [The food varied in quality. The service, alas, didn’t. — DA]

  • YoMomma

    A restaurant run by a bunch of east LA gang-bangers, trying to sell “high-end” food; what a joke, it’s a wonder this place ever got off the ground, even in Pomona.

  • Amy DiMouro

    I worked as the manger of Lela’s and left months before they recorded Kitchen Nightmares, believe me they were all nightmares to work with!

  • Scott

    Lelas will reopen in May along with a tv show on fox can’t wait!!!!!!