Sunday, 4 January 2015

Restaurant Impossible - Italian Village - CLOSED

Restaurant Impossible Italian Village

Episode Recap

Chef Robert Irvine visits Italian Village in Milmon Park, Pennsylvania, a 30 year old restaurant that is famed in the area and is no longer enjoying the success of it's glory days. There are multiple issues, the restaurant is dark and gloomy and the menu is huge. The owner Jon Srs son Rob Jr has the knowledge to make changes but isn't allowed to do so and is kept in the dark about the true finances of the restaurant. There is also a vermin problem with mice droppings being found. 

What Happened Next? 

Yelp reviews were mixed after Robert visited the restaurant. Rob revisited a few months later and sales are up 18%. They have reduced the menu to around 30 items on Roberts advice, improved the Father-Son relationship and the vermin problem is under control.  The restaurant closed on July 20th 2014 with Rob blaming the economy and the opening of a local casino for the closure. The restaurant was sold by auction on July 26th 2014 with all of the contents also being for sale.

Extra Reading

Italian Village Yelp Reviews

Italian Village in Ridley Township closes doors after 33 years

My Post-Restaurant Impossible Dinner at Ridley’s Italian Village

Recipes Featured on the Episode

Drunken Penne Pasta

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