Danielle VanNess wanted to be a part of that exclusive group that got to see the restaurant and the cast of the show. She called Ducky’s four days before it re-opened.
“I was blowing up the phone trying to get reservations,” she said. “They were booked through Sunday.”
So instead, she, her sister and her friends stood for hours outside Ducky’s Friday night while people ate. The girls wanted to meet the cast of the show and maybe get a glimpse of the new restaurant.
After all, everyone was being tight-lipped about the improvements. Volunteers and restaurant patrons signed papers saying they won’t discuss the makeover until after the Ducky’s episode of “Restaurant Impossible” airs in August or September.
VanNess thought she might be able to see what was going on through the restaurant’s windows.
Most of them were covered. VanNess and her posse couldn’t see inside the dining area. But there were no curtains covering the two small windows in the Ducky’s kitchen.
The group hovered by those windows for hours, screaming and snapping photos with their phones every time Irvine walked by.
“Will you look at me, just look at me,” Ashley Carpenter said as Irvine stopped near the window.
Of course, he didn’t. He was preoccupied with the Ducky’s staff. Carpenter and VanNess could only imagine what he was telling them.
Irvine is known for being brutal on the show.
“He’s really mean, but he’s straight up honest,” VanNess said. “He speaks the truth.”
Gross said Irvine is completely different off camera. He’s sweet and really, really awesome, she said.
He showed that side Friday evening. Irvine stepped out of the kitchen for a few moments, and VanNess and her friends spotted him.