Followers of this blog might remember back in October of last year when La Verne restaurant Charlie’s Italian Cafe was overhauled as part of the Chef Gordon Ramsay’s Fox reality show, Kitchen Nightmares.
Ramsay and his crew worked with restaurant staff for a week (and beyond) to root out any problems in the restaurant’s operations in an attempt to revive it.
The intensive week culminated in a dinner service featuring a trimmed-down menu and a remodeled dining area. Dine 909 was invited to be a part of this special dinner.
The transformation process was captured on tape for airing at a later date.
We now have that date: 8 p.m., February 17 on Fox.
The restaurant will be closed that day so that the staff can enjoy the premiere with a private event.
Explains Charlie’s owner Tatiana Leiva, “I’m excited for the episode to air and to finally relive the experience I went through. I want people to see the passion I have for my restaurant and understand why I have been able to fall in love with the food and ambiance all over again. It was a necessary journey I will never regret and I hope I can make Chef Ramsay proud!”
If you want to prepare for the episode, you can experience Charlie’s for yourself.
The restaurant, 2445 Foothill Blvd., is open from 5 to 9 p.m. nightly except Mondays. Call the restaurant at 909-392-3734 for reservations.
You can watch previous episodes of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares by clicking here.
Update: The episode is available here for Hulu Plus subscribers and will available for all later this week. It’ll also be available on Fox’s website here (although you can unlock it now by entering your cable/satellite subscription info).