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Here’s a chance for a taste of dining purgatory. Gordon Ramsay and crew will be shooting an episode his new Fox television show, “Hotel Hell,” at the Roosevelt Inn in Coeur d’Alene Feb. 20-24. For those familiar with Gordon’s “Kitchen Nightmares” show, “Hotel Hell” has similar format with the celebrity chef offering ideas to help turn struggling business around. While filming is happening, the restaurant and inn will be open to the public by reservation only. Producers are looking for people who want to dine or stay there during the filming and be a part of the show. It is not a free ride/Lori Hutson, Too Many Cooks. More here. (AP file photo of Gordon Ramsay on video of successful “Hell's Kitchen” show)
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Question: Would you be interested in staying at the Roosevelt Inn during “Hotel Hell” filming?
Here’s a chance for a taste of dining purgatory.
Gordon Ramsay and crew will be shooting an episode his new Fox television show, “Hotel Hell,” at the Roosevelt Inn in Coeur d’Alene Feb. 20-24.
For those familiar with Gordon’s “Kitchen Nightmares” show, “Hotel Hell” has similar format with the celebrity chef offering ideas to help turn struggling business around.
While filming is happening, the restaurant and inn will be open to the public by reservation only. Producers are looking for people who want to dine or stay there during the filming and be a part of the show. It is not a free ride. Those who dine will have to pay for their meals and drinks. Rooms will only be available on a select night and rates have not yet been determined, but guests will pay for their room. Those who stay will be asked for feedback by Ramsay.
For a chance to dine or stay, email reservation requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include first and last name, phone number and the size of your party in the request.
- Lorie Hutson
A Coeur d’Alene couple is hoping the second time is a charm when it comes to putting the historic Roosevelt Inn back on the real estate market.Tina and John Hough previously tried to sell the Roosevelt, but pulled the bed and breakfast from the market when the economy went sour. But the business has seen an upturn in guests despite the sluggish economy. “We had two people from Israel here, a whole family from France and lots of Germans this last year,” explained Tina Hough/Tania Dahl, KXLY. More here.
Question: Would you like to own and operate a bed & breakfast place?
“It’s people like you who cause people like me to snap, get a gun and go into an office like yours and just waste a bunch of your asses.” That was what John Hough, owner of the Roosevelt Inn Bed and Breakfast, said he told Avista Corp. over the phone on Wednesday, which led to the power company calling police. Police handcuffed Hough and took him to Kootenai Health for psychiatric evaluation. Hough also told the serviceman there to cut off his power that the visitor had a choice. “You can shut off the power and suffer the consequences,” Hough said he told the man, “or you can take my request and depart my property”/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.
- Tina Hough, owner The Roosevelt Inn Bed and Breakfast in Coeur d’Alene talked to a member of the Coeur d’Alene Police after her husband John Hough had a dispute with Avista about payment for an overdue bill. (Kathy Plonka photo)
Question: Did John Hough help his cause by making the comments re: going postal in this article?
John Hough, owner of The Roosevelt Inn Bed and Breakfast in Coeur d’Alene is taken into protective custody by the Coeur d’Alene Police on Wednesday, after he allegedly had a dispute with Avista about payment for an overdue bill. Alison Boggs’s SR story here. And: Tom Hasslinger’s CdA Press story here. (Kathy Plonka/SR)
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Question: Percentagewise, how much blame for the angry incident at The Roosevelt Inn do you place on innkeeper John Hough and how much on Avista’s power-shutoff approach?
PatrickH: I can see how Avista could drive a person to this. They are horrible to work with on commercial accounts. There staff is uncaring, uncooperative, and not the least bit helpful when it comes to working witth small businesses. When I had my cafe dealing with Avista during the hard times was always a nightmare. I defenitly can understand Avista’s poor attitude driving someone over the edge.
Question: Is Avista too heavy handed in dealing with power shutoffs?
The serviceman showed up around 11 a.m. at The Roosevelt Inn Bed & Breakfast, said Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood. John and Tina Hough have owned the business for about 11 years, Tina Hough said. The power shut-off notice listed unpaid bills totaling $3,132.14. John Hough was alone in the B&B when the serviceman showed up, his wife said. Receiving the notice “just set him off” she said, because the couple has been behind on bills and was pinning hopes on the lucrative summer tourism season. All other creditors have been patient with them as they worked to catch up, she said. “We’ve been struggling to get through here,” Tina Hough said. John Hough called Avista’s customer-service center and police said he made threatening statements that included reference to a gun/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.