La Verne’s Charlie’s Italian Cafe gets Kitchen Nightmares airdate

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).

  • John Clifford

    I went to Charlies shortly after your report on the Ramsey makeover and I must say that it was a very pleasant experience. We’ll certainly be going back. I had gone their previously but the place really never made much of an impression. I’ll be interested in seeing the progam.

  • Thomas Elliott

    I’m watching the episode now and cannot believe Tatianna crying and crying when obviously bad things are pointed out. Crying doesn’t help anything or anybody. Hoping the business would be a success with nobody at the wheel is a crazy and oblivious way to get through the day. Chef Ramsey will get them back on track if they will stick to it and not backslide.

  • Andy

    Yelp says this restaurant is closed. Is it?

  • John Plessel


    Yeah. Having briefly met Tatiana the evening of the relaunch, she seems like a very nice person. But after seeing the episode, nave doesn’t even begin to describe how she entered into the situation.

    Chef Ramsey definitely helped point her in the right direction. I’m hoping to go back soon and catch up with her now that the episode has aired.

  • John Plessel


    The problem I’ve noticed with Yelp (and Foursquare, as well) is that there are often multiple listings for a given business. Charlie’s happens to have two pages that come up in a Google search (but not when you’re searching on Yelp).

    The correct Yelp page is:

    They are open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and operating with a new chef that Tatiana hired with the help of Chef Ramsey’s folks. If the relaunch night is any indication, I recommend the lasagna. It’s delicious!

  • Leslie S

    It surprises me that Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsey trying keep open resturants that were failing and succeded with some but so many did close the doors for the last time I would like to hear from the ones that did not make it and the reasons why from their own words.