Don’t forget: Tonight’s the night that a Wichita restaurant will be in the spotlight on national television.
The Wichita episode of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s “24 Hours to Hell and Back” airs on the Fox network, cable Channel 4 in Wichita, at 8 Wednesday night (July 25) and will feature a makeover of Fetch Bistro, the dog-friendly eatery at 7718 E. 37th St. North that Greg and Pamela Buss opened in November 2016.
The Busses are throwing a big watch party at the restaurant tonight. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and a $20 admission gets attendees a buffet of the dishes that Ramsay introduced to the menu. The Busses encourage people to call 316-927-2227 for reservations.
The episode, which was filmed over Thanksgiving week 2017, will show Ramsay surprising the Fetch staff by arriving in disguise then setting his crew into action to overhaul the restaurant’s operations, interior and menu. The Busses sat down with me last week and told the whole story of what filming was like — and their impressions of Ramsay.
You’re likely to see several locals in the episode, including The Wichita Eagle’s own Keeper of the Plans Matt Riedl, who filled in for me as a food critic during filming because I was out of town for the holiday. You’ll probably also see Wichita’s police chief (and the chef’s name twin) Gordon Ramsay in the episode.
A new trailer released this week shows chef Ramsay scolding the couple for serving the same food to dogs as they do to people and declaring “this restaurant doesn’t stand a chance.” (By filming’s end, the Busses say, he’d changed his mind.)