Those who cringe and change the channel when foul-mouthed British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay berates Hell's Kitchen contestants might be surprised to learn that there's a gentler side to the angry chef. In his early British TV series called Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, the grimacing gourmet took a kinder and more-balanced approach to helping flailing restaurateurs.
And we can only hope that his first foray into the hospitality industry will be similarly hospitable. Hotel Hell, Ramsay's new series that focuses on fixing rundown hotels, is set to premiere on Fox on Monday, June 4. And one of the first hotels featured on the show will be Idaho's own Roosevelt Inn in Coeur d'Alene.
According to the Spokesman-Review, Hotel Hell's producers invited people to dine or stay in the hotel during the show's filming Feb. 20-24 but stressed that they would be responsible for footing the bill.
Speaking of footing the bill, Angell's Bar and Grill will now comp wine corkage fees on Sunday and Monday nights. That means you can enjoy a bottle of your favorite burgundy without the markup, while savoring top sirloin or filet mignon.
And for more on the beef beat, Ruth's Chris Steak House is slated to open in the 16-floor, $60 million Zion's Bank building at Eighth and Main streets, the location of the Boise Hole. Ruth's Chris is a nationwide chain known for its butter-bathed, flash-seared steaks. Other tenants in the building include the Holland & Hart law firm, the Idaho Technology Council, First American Title and CTA Architects Engineers.
In other opening news, Helena, Mont.-based Steve's Cafe debuted a second location in Meridian on March 19. Located at 2483 E. Fairview Ave., Ste. 105, the family owned breakfast-and-lunch joint serves up specialties like huckleberry-stuffed French toast, corned beef hash and homemade sausages.
The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and features an array of rotating specials like Texas corn cakes with honey butter, a Cajun-spiced black and blue burger and reuben soup. For more information, visit stevescafe.com.
And speaking of expanding, Flying Pie recently asked the following question of its Facebook fans: "We are expanding! We're looking for the location of the next great Flying Pie in the Treasure Valley. Where would you like to see it?"
As of press time, "Meridian South of Fairview" is winning with 405 votes, followed by "Boise State" with 390 votes. Near the bottom of the survey is "My House" with seven votes and "The Depths of Hell" with four.