Saturday, 2 January 2016

Restaurant Impossible - Wagon Wheel Family Restaurant - CLOSED

Wagon Wheel Family Restaurant Restaurant Impossible
Chef Robert Irvine visits Wagon Wheel Family Restaurant in Smyrna, Delaware, where he finds three generations of women running the restaurant - grandmother Patty Gallegos, daughter Sheila Furman and granddaughter Jessica Furman. 

The restaurant serves local delicacy muskrat but the rest of the menu is frozen and both this and the decor is dated. Robert gave the restaurant a makeover both inside and out and revamped the menu. 

What Happened Next?

After filming both Sheila and Patty stepped away from running the restaurant and Jessica took over day to day operations. Jessica reports that the changes were well received and reviews after filming were mixed.  

The restaurant closed on September 7th 2014 as owner Patty's health was declining and they later sold all of the contents of the restaurant.  They posted the below on Facebook, 

GOODBYE & FAREWELL from the Wagon WheelIt has been a remarkable experience to “Grab the Wheel” since Restaurant Impossible featured us on their makeover show over a year ago. In that time there have been many ups and downs. Most likely, you had never heard of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, or if you did, the reviews may have been unfavorable. We set out to change this trend. We tried everything from social media and printed flyers to standing by the highway with a sign. All had limited results. Out of necessity we reached out to local artists and something strange happened. People started to come. With a limited staff and budget we didn't have much to offer but a place to shine, and shine they did.Over the past year of comedy shows, open mics, acoustic nights, and full band shows, there has been a resurgence of business and interest in the restaurant. We would like to thank all of the artists and patrons that have made this possible. Your support is amazing, which also makes it difficult to say goodbye. But due to the owner's health conditions, we will be closing on September 7.Although this is the end of the road for the Wagon Wheel, Don't be sad! Let's make these last few weeks a time to remember! 

This episode was episode 5 of season 6 and was aired on April 14 2013, there were 13 episodes, airing from April to August 2013 and the season 6 closure rate currently stands at %.

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Friday, 1 January 2016

Restaurant Impossible - Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant - OPEN

Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant Restaurant Impossible
Chef Robert Irvine visits Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, where he finds Carolyn Cuneo, who is reluctant to make changes to the restaurant she owned with husband George, who had sadly passed away 6 years ago. 

The food was poor, the decor dark and dated and there were mounting debts to the amount of complimentary food being given away in the form of free salad, bread, meals to friends and family and also staff meals. Robert works on improving the management, improves the menu and revamps the decor. 

What Happened Next?

The restaurant is still open, reviews are good and they have expanded their opening hours. After the show was filmed, business was  initially up 70%, this slowed but they were still able to begin repaying their debt and generally the changes were well received by customers.

This episode was episode 4 of season 6 and was aired on May 12 2013, there were 13 episodes, airing from April to August 2013 and the season 6 closure rate currently stands at %.

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