Friday, 30 October 2015

Restaurant Impossible - Meglio's - CLOSED

Meglio's Restaurant Impossible
Chef Robert Irvine visits Meglio's in Bridgeton, Missouri, an Italian restaurant that owner John Meglio opened the restaurant five years ago on the back of his families famous restaurant.  He is in $250000 of debt, has taken out a second mortgage and is close to closure. Robert arrives and struggles to find the restaurant, when he arrives he finds a wall with Luigi's nostalgia. Robert finds the decor dated and the floor and ceiling is dirty. There is dust on the artificial flowers and the paint is flaking from the walls. Robert invites guests to the restaurant and they aren't impressed by the shabby decor and the servers are confused. John is doing everything in the restaurant, seating customers, serving customers and preparing food in the kitchen. The pizza impresses but the rest of the food is disgusting, the staff in the kitchen won't eat the food and there are cross contamination issues. 

Robert inspects the walk-in and finds boxes of frozen food whilst they promote family recipes. Robert meets with the staff who admit that the food could be better. Robert insists they get rid of all of the frozen food and meets with designer Taniya. The plan is to remove the carpet, remove the wall and counter, repaint, recover the chairs and bar and add new lights. They remove all of the clutter and half of the dividing wall. Robert teaches the kitchen staff fresh new dishes and it is the first time they have used fresh fish and made fresh pasta. They don't get the carpet tiles until shortly before opening and Robert gets the restaurant a banner.  John is sent out with a stock of t shirts to draw in business and to talk to the locals.  The kitchen is prepping the food, there are some consistency issues that are quickly and the fish is filleted perfectly. The servers are given a game to practise service, they have to serve customers, practise table service and spot the missing ingredients on each dish, there are a few issues but Robert guides and helps them. There is a race to the finish in the dining room, Robert gives the kitchen a pep talk and the new restaurant is revealed. 

On relaunch night, the new decor is well received and the returning guests are shocked. The shortened menu is popular and the open bar is deemed beautiful. At first the food leaves the kitchen cold and the quality starts to decline, they aren't used to serving at a fast pace but they turn it around. The relaunch is a success and the customers love the food. 

What Happened Next?

Yelp, Urban Spoon and Trip Advisor reviews are mixed since Robert visited the restaurant. After Robert left, owner John Meglio brought back the beef cannelloni even though the dish is frozen. He claimed that locals enjoy frozen pasta and have been eating it for over 50 years. He also changed other dishes claiming that locals are reluctant for too much change. 

The restaurant closed in January 2015 and was put up for lease. 

Frederick’s Steakhouse & Pizzeria has since opened in its place and reviews are mixed. 

Meglio's was season 1 episode 5 and aired on February 16 2011, there were 7 episodes in the season, airing from January to March 2011 and the closure rate for Restaurant Impossible Season 1 currently stands at 86%.

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