Whiting said she hasn't seen the show yet but has seen the promos for the episode that have been running on the local Fox affiliate.
Whiting said business at Cafe Hon has been better since November, when the restaurant-makeover program came through but admits that there have been some challenges. "It was truly like opening up a brand new restaurant. Because everything we knew was not the same."
Whiting said she's been listening carefully to customer comments and feedback. She received so many requests from parents to put chicken fingers back on the children's menu, that she eventually gave in. "Monday we're going to have chicken fingers back on the menu," Whiting said.
"I look at is a new beginning," Whiting said. "I think I'll really be able to start fresh. We plan on being here for a while." In April, Cafe Hon will celebrate its 20th anniversary on 36th Street.
The "Kitchen Nightmares" episode featuring Denise Whiting and Cafe Hon airs Friday night at 8 p.m.