What’s New: KOP In the News
Painting: Gordon Ramsay’s New Show, “Hotel Hell”
King of the Painters Co. Inc. (KOP) was honored to participate in Chef Gordon Ramsay’s new show “Hotel Hell”. KOP’s makeover background includes painting (6) “Extreme Home Makeovers” for ABC’s Channel 10, which has been inspirational in helping disadvantaged individuals and organizations in painting San Diego. According to Jamie Walters, “Hotel Hell’s” Operations Manager, King of the Painters Co. Inc. was at the top of the list among San Diego painters for the show. This is Chef Gordon Ramsey’s fourth show to hit the air, which includes Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Master Chef and his latest show, “Hotel Hell”. On a parallel with KOP’s interests, giving face lifts to much less fortunate organizations in San Diego is important. Chef Ramsey’s goal was to help hapless hotel establishments throughout the country. Our mission was to convert the “Keating Hotel” in downtown San Diego. While getting the colors dialed in with “Hotel Hell’s” Set Manager Corey, KOP’s owner Bob Lyon, and KOP’s Designer Brett Wenzel prepared for the hotel transformation. The all night painting project commenced and by the wee hours of the morning, the Hotel Keating lobby and rooms had a new look; transformed into something special. Look for the new series to premier on “Fox”.
The Bachelor/Bachelorette ABC TV Show
King of the Painters, Inc. (KOP) was extremely proud to paint the exterior home in San Diego of the T.V. reality show “The Bachelor/Bachelorette”. This monstrous 18,000 square foot home resembles a Tuscan Villa, with a very spacious yard, quaint courtyards with flowing fountains, and water falls. The giant hotel sized pool areas have guest casitas, large barbeque areas, and extraordinary landscaping which combine to give you the feel that you are in the Italian countryside. The house was once owned by famous actor Sylvester Stalone, and now is used in ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” shows. The popular “Bachelor” series has currently been running for 17 years. The reality show journey begins, and portions of the show are filmed at the house. The arrival of the contestants in limousines at the house provides the intriguing element of who might be chosen by the Bachelor or Bachelorette. Each show requires receiving a rose to continue on to the next segment, until ultimately a proposal takes place on the final episode. KOP’S makeover background which includes six “Extreme Makeovers” for ABC Channel 10 was a perfect fit. We were privileged to assist the owners in providing colors that fit the overall feel of this expansive home. The rustic neutrals that were chosen were a beautiful compliment to the overall ambience of the property. KOP’s estimator and designer Brett Wenzel worked exclusively with the owners, and KOP’s painting team to achieve this wonderful transformation.
KOP’S makeover background which includes six “Extreme Makeover’s” for ABC channel 10 was a perfect fit. We were privileged to assist the owner’s in providing colors that fit the overall feel of this expansive home. The rustic neutrals that were chosen were a beautiful compliment to the overall ambience of the property. KOP’s estimator and designer Brett Wenzel worked exclusively with the owners, and KOP’s painting team to achieve this wonderful transformation.
Bar Rescue 2015:
King of the Painters was recently chosen for another television semi-reality series “Bar Rescue” on Spike Network. After previously working with ABC Channel 10’s Extreme Home Makeover, Gordon Ramsey’s “Hotel Hell”, Sam the Cooking Guy, The Bacherolette/Bachelor Show house, KOP was chosen to work with Bar Rescue to update (5) failing bars in the San Diego area. Working closely with the show’s Designer, Heather, Operating Managers Chip and Ty, and Producer Will, The KOP teams had strict deadlines for completion of the bars usually within a 10-12hr. period. Most required wood to be stained, or primed and painted, drywall work, walls textured, and wallpaper installed to update the look. Many bars required the interior and exterior to be painted, while lighting was updated, pool tables recovered, shelving and moldings installed, and new furniture and flooring placed, as well as accessorizing to give each bar an extreme makeover. According to KOP president Bob Lyon “Some of these bars were in a severe decline, in real bad shape, and needed real help!”
The Bar Rescue series is on their 5th season under the direction of show Host and Director Jon Taffer. Besides simply creating a new look for these bars, he brings in a team of experts that look at the management, culinary preparation (restaurant food preparation & dishes appropriate for the style of bar), mixology (matching types of drinks with type of clientele and analyzing speed of preparation and quality of drinks), and the psychology of bar ownership. John has been working to save failing bars since the early 90s. His no-nonsense approach irks many of the bar owners, but in the end they usually see how their bars become much more upscale and profitable. Not only were these bars completely updated, but the skills and motivation of their bartenders and employees were equally remodeled for the better. KOP was thrilled to have the honor of working with the Bar Rescue team; it was truly amazing to see the dramatic results of everyone’s hard work.