Posted Feb 25, 2012 @ 2:22 PM
Funny thing: according to the Baltimore papers, Cafe Hon was still a popular destination restaurant for tourists, the owner runs the popular Honfest, and she certainly did have enough money to hold on to what, fourteen staff people for what amounts to a medium-sized diner?
But you can tell the owner has watched her Gordon Ramsay, and her sad, sad tale (which even Gordon - and one of her waitresses - pointed out amounted to lies and whining) was made up of all Kitchen Nightmares greatest hits.
She sold her house!
She just put in her last $10k! (presumably her lawyer just gave the state a good finger wagging for the trademark violation, and her other businesses have gone under?)
She's offended the locals and doesn't know what to do or even what she did to upset them!
It's her way or the highway, but she didn't realise how much she was hurting her staff!
There have been death threats, in the sense that there have been no death threats but she feels like the hostility (which, unlike her businesslike behavior, doesn't, by and large, seem to have come from people waving lawyers) amounted to hating her so much that it was kind of like wanting her dead, so!
A crossover from Hell's Kitchen: she stops service to gather everyone around and show them how to snap asparagus correctly!
and my personal favorite, cobbled together from what appears to have been a great deal of Gordon Ramsay viewing, Somehow, she lost the thread, but if she could just put together a simpler menu full of beautifully prepared fresh local food...
Then the part where she takes all he has to say so seriously that she has her epiphany about Love[tm] and Her Soul[tm] and Hon[tm for now] being In Our Hearts[tm] in the midst of a Baltimore-sized media circus, got a few hundred grand worth of renovations, and advertised her new menu to national tourists for free, which is what this was all about, really.
I'll be amazed if she doesn't already have a franchise in the works. Granted she seems to be a thoroughly dreadful person, you have to give her props for how hard she played the producers of this show.