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Hot Plate: Jimmy’s Reopens, Beer & Mojitos at Birroteca, Artscape Action

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Ejji Ramen is one of many local food companies that will be at Artscape, which starts July 21.

It’s hot out there, Baltimore, but it’s even hotter in the kitchen. It’s a good week to go out.

This week is busy one for restaurants, too, with tons of news, from expansions and reopenings to beer dinners, restaurant yoga and all the festivities surrounding Artscape.

Celeb Chef Gordon Ramsay is Bringing a Steakhouse to Horseshoe Casino

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Still via video from Caesars Entertainment Corp

Baltimore City’s lone casino plans to replace its current steakhouse with another one carrying some celebrity culinary star power in its name.

Want Gordon Ramsay to Raise Hotel Hell in Maryland?

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gramsGordon Ramsay is looking for some Maryland hotels to lambaste on TV. Britian’s cranky consultant is searching for hotels for a third season of Hotel Hell on Fox, and some could be in Maryland — if they’re terrible enough.

Cafe Hon’s Recurring “Nightmare”

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Restaurant-revamping chef Gordon Ramsay was back at Hampden’s Cafe Hon months after featuring the once maligned eatery on Kitchen Nightmares last November. The show usually portrays Ramsay coming to the aid of a restaurant with awful cooking (and a healthy dose of interpersonal drama), but at Cafe Hon the focus was primarily on healing bad blood between owner Denise Whiting and city residents after Whiting attempted to enforce a trademark on the word “hon.”

Cafe Hon’s "Kitchen Nightmares"

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This has got to be the most counter-intuitive PR gambit available to American restaurants: invite Gordon Ramsay to film an episode of Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares at your establishment, get berated by the foul-mouthed celebrity chef on national TV for serving rotting food and keeping unsanitary conditions, and hope that all publicity is good publicity.

Apparently, it’s a gambit that Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting was willing to take. The well flamingoed Hampden eatery’s episode of Kitchen Nightmares is slated for February 24 at 8 p.m., and Cafe Hon’s website sports a banner proudly announcing the fact. It strikes me a little like a crooked auto shop advertising their appearance on 60 Minutes, but, hey, what do I know?

Typically, Ramsay comes to restaurants that are so mismanaged, they’re on the verge of shutting down: disgusting food, pests in the kitchen, that kind of thing. Refresh my memory; was Cafe Hon failing? Is it unsafe to eat there?

Maybe this episode won’t center around bad food and unhealthy conditions. Maybe we’ll see Ramsay tear into Whiting with a string of expletives over her infamous hijacking of the city’s most sacred colloquialism. That would sure be a cathartic experience for a lot of Baltimoreans.

With a $12 burger, it’s not like I’m heading there anyway. But I’d definitely wait for the report from Kitchen Nightmares before heading Bawlmer‘s kitschy, spensive torst trap.