Bad publicity is still publicity. Or something. Which is presumably why the folks over at Downcity are so anxious to tout their forthcoming appearance on Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, the FOX TV program where a British man walks into a failing restaurant and then throws a series of conniptions about how bad the food is and about how the owners are bad people with unresolved parental issues.
Of course, Downcity could probably stand for someone to throw a conniption or two. (It is the only restaurant where I have ever been served a meal largely comprised of eggshells! It is the only restaurant I ever left hungry, because I was served something I don’t like and didn’t order and I couldn’t find my passive-aggressive waiter for the remainder of my lunch break! It is also the only restaurant I ever left because the staff were watching What’s Love Got To Do With It on the giant TV thing, oblivious to the fact that some people might want to drink our Pink Ladies without having to think about domestic abuse! Plus the bartenders are surly and the Pink Lady is off their drink menu now, anyway! And have I mentioned the world’s ugliest bathrooms? Because oh my God.)
Mr. Ramsay and his cameras A casting crew from the show will be filming at visiting the beleaguered yet campy Weybosset Street eatery from 3-11 today. They’re still taking reservations, if you’d like to be an extra. What that entails I have no idea, but probably it means a meal full of shouty Englishmen and cameras in your face. But hey, maybe that’s your idea of fun? Just remember that the kitchen at Downcity is open, so all those behind-the-scenes bits about poor sanitation will actually be happening in front of you.
DJ Andy Morris is spinning at 9, because obviously this is something that requires a DJ.
Call (401) 331-9217 for reservations.
[Updated at 2:48. Apparently the two photos of Ramsay on the restaurant’s website and the Facebook invite showing a flyer with the chef on it and the sentence “GORDON RAMSAY’s Hit TV Series Comes to Providence” were not meant to imply that he’d actually be there.]