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Cafe Hon, J.A. Murphy’s get TV makeovers

That gentleman to the right in the snug, black T-shirt is celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, he of the short temper and fabulous hair. The lady in red is Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting, and she probably wishes Chris De Burgh was somewhere close by.

Four months after Ramsay apparently got Whiting to give up her trademark on the word “Hon,” a national television audience will find out how he did it. Cafe Hon’s turn on Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” will air Friday night on Fox.

The show, for those not familiar, follows Ramsay as he whips a struggling restaurant into shape, often with the tough love only he can provide. Here’s the synopsis from the show’s website of of Ramsay’s trip to Charm City:

Chef Ramsay heads to Baltimore… and immediately has his hands full when he visits Cafe Hon, a Southern Comfort eatery in need not only of a restaurant renovation but also a public image makeover. The owner of Cafe Hon has come under fire from the city of Baltimore for trademarking the word “Hon” – a term of endearment for Baltimore culture. Find out if the restaurant revamp and renewed public image will be enough to win back the city of Baltimore and revive its tradition of southern comfort cooking.

Meanwhile, another Baltimore establishment is getting a similar treatment this week. “Bar Rescue,” which aims to do for watering holes what Ramsay does for restaurants, is filming at J.A. Murphy’s in Fells Point.

J.A. Murphy’s was one of 260 bars to apply for the show’s second season, according to The Baltimore Sun, and will be closed for renovations Friday before a “reveal” party is held Saturday night.

No date has been set yet for J.A. Murphy’s episode of “Bar Rescue,” according to The Sun, but it is expected to air by the end of the summer.