Monday, 26 October 2015

Restaurant Impossible - Villari's - CLOSED

Villari's Restaurant Impossible

Chef Robert Irvine travels to Palmyra, New Jersey, to try and save a 60 year old family restaurant from the brink of closure. The restaurant opened in 1948 and Paul Villari 3rd took over the family restaurant from his father 15 years ago and the customer numbers have dwindled. 

Paul has been unable to bring in new business or new customers and has found himself in trouble and close to losing the family business. Robert changed the menu to more sophisticated dishes and updated the decor including changing the carpet which he noticed had a bad smell. The locals helped with the makeover and one even did the outside landscaping for free. 

What Happened Next? 

Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews since filming are mostly poor, with complaints of overpriced beer and poor service. They kept Robert's new menu for just 60 days after his visit before returning to their previous menu. They claimed that the show did not bring enough custom from the publicity of being featured on the show and that customers wanted the old menu back preferring more simple food and lower prices. They changed the name to Jerseys Pub 73, under the same ownership but this later closed in May 2015.

This episode was episode 1 of season 1 and was aired January 19 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%.

Recipes Featured in this Episode

Clams Casino |  She Crab Soup | Eggplant Cannelloni

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