Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 | 4:57 p.m.
Controversial curmudgeon and “Bar Rescue” reality TV star Jon Taffer has a new hit reality-TV series on his hands. The fearless, in-your-face, Las Vegas-headquartered Nightlife & Bar baron has a new ratings winner on Spike TV with “Hungry Investors.”
Sunday’s episode feature two rival Las Vegas diners battling to be the diamond in the rough that wins the team’s investment money to turn around their struggles.
“Top Chef” star and hospitality heroine Tiffany Derry and chef-restaurant owner John Besh join Jon as cameras filmed at Kailyn’s Kitchen and Rambo’s Kitchen. Kelly and Bob Reyes pit 4-year-old 1960s-styled Rambo’s diner against the Robert Polk and Carolyn Jones kitchen named for their daughter.
Robert, a former Las Vegas hotel chef, opened Kailyn’s Kitchen with his life savings five months ago four miles from the Strip. It’s an emotionally charged episode as Robert has a meltdown over the grill while pressured by the three potential investors weighing whether to provide him with a life-saving $30,000 investment.
It’s the second set of dueling Las Vegas restaurants to be featured on “Hungry Investors,” which also features restaurants in New York and New Orleans. Earlier, the “Hungry Investors” team had to choose between rival Bistro and Elements Kitchen & Martini Bar.
On that episode, Jon and his team didn’t invest in either one! On Sunday’s show, one of the two cafes does earn the investment.
Incidentally, Elements near Spanish Trail in Spring Valley has been subsequently sold to a restaurant group partnered with former Wynn star chef Alex Stratta, who will rebrand the off-Strip locale with a new look and Italian menu in the fall.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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