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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Blackberrys holds Premiere Party for 'Kitchen Nightmares' season opener

Screenshot from 2011 season premiere featuring Plainfield's Blackberrys.
Fox TV's 'Kitchen Nightmares' reality show kicks off its 2011 season on Friday, September 23 with the makeover of Plainfield's own Blackberrys Catering and Family Restaurant (see the season trailer here).

For several days this past June, Gordon Ramsay and crew moved in next door to the restaurant and undertook a sweeping revamp of everything, with cameras recording every challenging and ultimately hope-inspiring moment.

For several days in June, the Kitchen Nightmares crew worked intensely.

The dining room was redesigned with a fresh, more muted color scheme and family tables and benches were crafted by a local artisan.

The kitchen was re-equipped with fryers, ranges, ovens and more from local restaurant emporium Earl &Al's.

Food and presentation were rethought and reworked with some new items added (such as Fried Green Tomatoes), as well as a complete redesign of the menu.

And staff and owners were encouraged and supported in their efforts to reinvigorate a Plainfield food landmark which has had its share of challenges in the current economic climate.

In celebration of it all, owner Shelly Withers, her mother Mary and their staff are opening a special Premiere Party to the community on Friday, September 23. The evening will feature a buffet of Blackberrys' specialties, complimentary wines and a chance to share the viewing of the season premiere featuring Blackberrys on a large-screen flat panel TV.

You won't want to miss this opportunity to sample the Blackberrys offerings -- including Grandma's Fried Chicken, which has earned the restaurant 'best fried chicken in New Jersey' reviews by both the New York Times and the Ledger's Munchmobile.

But seating is limited, so be sure to make your reservations right away in order not to be disappointed.

Blackberry's signature signage is a Plainfield landmark.

NOTE: Plainfield Cable TV Committee chairperson Lamar Mackson, who was part of Gordon Ramsay's crew on the shoot, is working with the City of Plainfield to present the TV show on the city's large outdoor screen at the City Hall Plaza, which is across the street from the restaurant. More on this free opportunity later.


7 PM
(Show is broadcast at 8 PM)

with Complimentary Wines
Reservations: (908) 755-3444

500 Watchung Avenue
(at East 5th Street)

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

" the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice" ... maybe a little less racism would also help!

Anonymous said...

Racism? You have issues you need help dealing with buddy.

Bigcat said...

Re: Anonymous

After watching the Blackberry's episode, I must ask "what part did racism play as it relates to this nightmare?"
Being stubborn and ungrateful is not related to race.
Deflecting responsibility is not related to race.
Perhaps the "planted" mouse had some subversive racial agenda. Overall, just one more example of people not accepting responsibility for their actions OR is it really just another example of the white man keepin' the black man down ?? Grow up Blackberry's!!

Anonymous said...

Bigcat, Anon was referring to the quote on Blackberry's sign " the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice" which totally comes off as a racist considering Blackberry's isn't a smoothie bar.

Bigcat said...

Dear Anon,

Thank you for the clarification. I regret my now obvious misinterpretation.