TV chef keeping tight lid on Everett grill’s makeover

Seems everybody wants a piece of Gordon Ramsay.

But the restaurant formerly known as Prohibition Grille has pretty much been getting the shouty, cuss-monger chef all to itself.

“One man said, ‘Name your price. I’ll pay anything to meet him,’” said Travis Lovestedt, son of the restaurant’s owner, belly dancer Darlene “Rishi” Brown.

Ramsay and his “Kitchen Nightmares” production crew set up shop this week revamping the struggling pub known for good music but bad food.

Lovestedt, 21, said his mom needed help. Professional help. So, about six months ago, he signed her up for Ramsay’s scrutinizing show.

“I didn’t tell her,” said Lovestedt, who lives in California.

Boy, was she surprised when the folks from Fox TV showed up a month ago to check her out.

The Ramsay brigade returned this week to do the deed, and kept a lid on what’s going on. Media pleas for access were denied. Bystander bribery didn’t work, either.

The Rishi-Ramsay show went on behind closed doors.

“It was all the swearing and ruckus as usual,” Lovestedt said.

A few lucky people got inside, but most got only snippets from the sidewalk.

That’s about to change: The new look and menu was expected to be unveiled Thursday evening at the renamed Prohibition Gastro Pub.

Lovestedt said it might reopen this weekend to the public. (Update: The restaurant won’t reopen until Monday.)

“It is an amazing total transformation,” he said. “The menu will change from the Southern cuisine thing going on to a real Northwest-based menu.”

He said the episode should air in six months or so.

“It will have twists and turns,” he said. “It really was an actual reality show. None was made up. I expected it to be over-exaggerated, but it has been 100 percent real.”

Ramsay was the genuine thing as well.

“He’s just a tall, handsome man, really polite and passionate about what he does,” Lovestedt said.

Polite?

“He’s polite, but when it comes down to business, it’s business,” Lovestedt said. “He doesn’t want to see any of this fail for anybody. It’s a really good service, TV aside.”

Lovestedt said his mom accepted all of Ramsay’s suggestions.

“She is very grateful,” he said.

Andrea Brown; 425-339-3443; abrown@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Army nurse from Everett has vivid memories of ‘forgotten war’

Barbara Jean Nichols, 95, served near the front lines in Korea and Vietnam, and in Germany.

In county overdose crisis, nasal spray has saved 100 lives

About 900 local law enforcement officers have been trained to use naloxone to revive opioid users.

Second former student files abuse claim against teacher

The woman says Cascade High School’s Craig Verver had sexual contact with her on campus.

Man arrested after allegedly threatening people near EvCC

The community college was briefly on lockdown Thursday morning.

Edmonds to add bike lanes in two areas

Crews will begin the first phase of work Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.

Woman fatally shot at home near Everett

Another woman and three children, who were also in the home, were not injured.

Woman injured after losing control of her pickup

A 50-year-old woman was injured Tuesday after her pickup lost… Continue reading

Freshwater invertebrates found in local water bodies

Bryozoans are tiny invertebrates that live in jelly-like masses, and their presence is a good thing.

Front Porch

EVENTS Sk8 Fest returns to Arlington The Centennial Sk8 Festival celebrating longboards… Continue reading

Most Read