Friday, 28 October 2016

Restaurant Impossible Season 5 Open or Closed


A list of all Restaurant Impossible season 5 restaurants, whether they are open or closed and what happened next after Robert left the restaurants featured on the popular Food Network show. 


13 Episodes

Aired: November 2012 to March 2013

Poco's on the Boulevard - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Poco's on the Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri, to help save an authentic Latin family restaurant run by Claudia and Dana, who took over the restaurant following the death of their mother, just a few months ago. The food shows no consistency and the staff show no respect to the daughters. Robert overhauled both the menu and the decor of the restaurant.

What Happened Next?

When Robert checks in with them a few months later, sales are up $20,000 a month. Claudia reports that the customers are happy with the new changes with the menu and decor. They added some of the old customer favourites back to the menu but also kept Roberts additions alongside these. Trip Advisor and Yelp reviews after Robert's visit were mostly very positive. The restaurant has moved from it's previous location to a smaller premises in March 2015, staying open for just 5 months before closing in August 2015. 


Rohrer's Tavern - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Rohrer's Tavern in North Bend, Ohio where he finds an outdated restaurant with an outdated decor and menu. The food costs weren't under control, they relied too heavily on frozen food and they were losing money fast, amounting to debts of $120,000. 

What Happened Next?

When Robert revisited sales were up, they were drawing in customers from all over the country and the staff were more accountable with new and better defined job roles. They kept Robert's menu but returned a few customer favourites by request. The restaurant closed on April 25th 2014 due to a bad winter with sales and customers at an all time low, a family bereavement and struggles with debt. Reviews were average prior to closure. 


Bronk's Bar and Grill - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Bronk's Bar and Grill, Lake City, Minnesota, where he finds an outdated restaurant serving frozen food. They revamped the restaurant and trimmed the menu down from over 80 menu items to less than 20. 

What Happened Next?

Within a few months, sales had improved significantly and customers loved the new decor. Erik has taken over responsibility and Tracy works less at the restaurant, they are still working on their relationship. They kept the majority of Robert's changes, they returned 15 customer favourites to the menu at the customers request. They closed in November 2013, reviews were mixed before the closure.


Rising Sun Bistro - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Rising Sun Bistro in Kalispell, Montana, where he finds three owners - Peggy, Jennifer and Sally. Their relationship is strained and it is affecting their ability to run the restaurant successfully and they are in nearly $500,000 of debt. Robert attempts to mend their relationship but also revamps the menu to offer more authentic french dishes and interior of the dining room, adding a communal dining table.

What Happened Next?

A few months later, sales are up nearly 30% and customers love the new decor, especially the communal dining option. They hired more staff but decided to close for breakfast so they could focus more on dinner service. The restaurant closed in April 2014, reviews prior to their closure are mixed.


Whiskey Creek Steakhouse - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Whiskey Creek Steakhouse in Keyport, Washington, where he finds very poor quality food, a dark and dated dining room and the staff cannot be trusted, they let customers leave without paying. 

What Happened Next?

A few months after filming they had a good few months and had begun to pay off their debts. They moved from the location featured on the show to a bigger space across the road, they were renting the space but it was sold. Pat and Karan retired in November 2013, passing the business to their employees. They closed in August 2016. 


Windseeker Restaurant - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Windseeker Restaurant in The Dalles, Oregon, where he finds a dining room that is tired, bland food and an out of town location that struggles to pull in customers. There have also been some negative reviews in the local press and rumours that the area was used for drug deals. He revamped the dining room and the menu to help try and pull in more locals. 

What Happened Next?

After a few months, business was up $30,000 but that staff and food costs had increased. Patty had a more defined job role and was able to run the restaurant better. The restaurant was listed for sale in November 2013 and closed in April 2015.


Sapori D'Italia - OPEN


Chef Robert Irvine visits Sapori D'Italia in Fountain Hills, Arizona where he finds a restaurant in need of help with an outdated menu of bad food but also a broken family who argue loudly and in front of customers. There is a reputation for arguments which have put customers off of visiting the restaurant.

What Happened Next?

Within a few months business had increased, $8000 a week for 3 weeks following the shows filming but this slowed to a steady $2000 a week increase. There are not only new customers but returning customers who love the new menu which still includes Roberts dishes but also customer favourites. The restaurant is open and reviews are very good on both Yelp and Trip Advisor.


Nanny Goats Cafe and Feed Bin - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Nanny Goats Cafe and Feed Bin in Kilgore, Texas, where he finds a owner Nancy Dupre, who threatens to walk away from the process after it is discovered that the root of the restaurants problem is her daughter, Jess, who was the restaurants cook. The cluttered decor and inconsistent pricing are also issues.

What Happened Next?

Nancy sold the business just weeks after the show was filmed so that she could retired, Jessica also left but the other staff remained in place. The new owners reported that business is good and the restaurant is full most days. They planned to offer a dinner service over the coming months. This location closed in November 2013, the Longview location remains open. 


Dinner Bell - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Dinner Bell in Madison, Tennessee, where he finds a restaurant only days from closure. The decor is bland, the staff break hygiene standards, the food is poor and frozen and the kitchen needs a deep clean. Robert gives the kitchen a deep clean and revamps both the dining room decor and the menu. 

What Happened Next?

A few months later, the kitchen remains clean and the staff are responsible for their own hygiene standards. They returned to their previous menu and previous prices as customers apparently weren't happy with the new prices, even though at the old prices there was very little profit. They closed in April 2013. 


Maniaci's Italian Bistro - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Maniaci's Italian Bistro in Mohnton, Pennsylvania, where he finds a dirty dining room, bad food and bad practises such as the owner getting drunk with the customers. The owner is in denial and refuses to acknowledge that the food is poor. 

What Happened Next?

The brothers were still getting a surge of customers in the months following the show. Reviews after the show were mixed with some branding the food excellent and others saying it was average. The restaurant just over closed a year after filming in April 2014 after announcing the closure on Facebook.



Caseyville Cafe - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Caseyville Cafe, Caseyville, Illinois, where he finds Diane Emery and Robin Gordon, a mother and daughter who bought the restaurant three years ago. Whilst they were never making profit, they were breaking even until the restaurant took a downturn and they were losing $6000 a month. Robert quickly discovers that the restaurant is dirty, the kitchen isn't functioning and the staff are taking advantage. The restaurant is cleaned and given a refresh, a new stove was installed and staff were sacked. 

What Happened Next?

A few months later, the customer numbers were up, the service had improved and they had begun to repay their debts. The restaurant closed in January 2014. They had reverted back to their old menu prior to closing but had kept the other changes and appeared to have improved the service. 


Soup to Nuts Diner - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Soup to Nuts Diner, Tavares, Florida, where he finds owner Sharon Whitmore who has been running a 50's style diner for 10 years and for the last 4 years she has been losing $1000 a month and has had to put her house into foreclosure. The dining room is covered in dust, the kitchen is caked in grease and raw meat is stored incorrectly, Robert shuts down the restaurant and refuses to let anyone eat the food they are serving. 

What Happened Next? 

The restaurant closed in May 2013 due to a poor reputation for food hygiene, high taxes and struggles to keep up with the mortgage payments, which led her to decide to move closer to family. Reviews seem to suggest that the food quality and service had improved after the makeover, although shortly after the makeover reviews were negative, possibly whilst they adjusted. There was a short term boost in sales of around 40% before the customers dwindled. 


Sweet Tea's Restaurant & Catering - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Sweet Tea's Restaurant & Catering, Pineville, North Carolina, where he struggles to find the restaurant before finding a business that has been making losses since it first opened. They have been open just 6 months and are losing $9000 a month due to the location and failing to advertise the business. The decor and menu was revamped.

What Happened Next? 

They closed in August 2014. There was an increase in business from the show but they struggled to repay their debts. Reviews seem to be mostly positive after the show with compliments to the decor, food and service. 


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Restaurant Impossible Season 4 Open or Closed



A list of all Restaurant Impossible season 4 restaurants, whether they are open or closed and what happened next after Robert left the restaurants featured on the popular Food Network show. 


13 Episodes

Aired: July to October 2012

Closure Rate: 77%


Longbranch Steak and Seafood - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Longbranch Steak and Seafood in Fayetteville, Georgia, the restaurant was a wedding gift to owner Lisa. Ever since opening the restaurant she has been struggling financially and it has caused problems in her marriage. The food was terrible, there were cockroaches, there was no management of any kind and the service was slow but Robert turned it around by improving the menu, decor and teaching the staff.

What Happened Next?

When Robert revisited, they had reintroduced some of the old favourites to please the regular customers and Lisa had stepped up as manager. There aren't many reviews of the restaurant after Robert's visit that I can find, they closed shortly after airing in August 2012. One review says they were only focusing on the regular customers.


The Main Dish - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits The Main Dish in Meridianville, Alabama, where he meets Lynn and Ken who bought the restaurant 5 years ago despite them both having no experience in running a restaurant. When he arrives Lynn is out the front in a hot dog suit, despite the fact that they don't sell hot dogs... They are $50,000 in debt and working 80+ hours a week to keep the restaurant afloat. Robert discovers that most of the food is frozen and that they have completely got the costings wrong on the catering side of the business. Robert changes the decor and the menu to help bring in customers to the restaurant. 

What Happened Next?

Robert revisits a few months later and sales are up, most customers are happy with the new changes. They are cutting back the catering until they can control the costs, using only fresh produce and most of Robert's menu remains. The reviews after Robert visited appear to be average. They sold the restaurant in February 2013 after receiving an offer that was too good to turn down and it became Jojo's Restaurant and catering with average reviews.


Zandi's Grill - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Zandi's Grill in Millersville, Maryland and after struggling to find the restaurant is met with the challenge of poor quality food, poor service and a very dated decor. Owners sisters Yvonne and Evette have fallen out of love of running a restaurant and are allowing the place to fall apart, both the restaurant and the owners need Robert's help. 

What Happened Next?

Robert revisits the restaurant and finds that business is up 39%, they are serving over double the customers they were previously each day. They have kept Roberts new décor and the spirit of his menu by keeping it small with fresh ingredients. They closed in February 2014, reviews prior to closing were mixed. 


Italian Village - CLOSED


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.


Stella's Italian Restaurant - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Stella's Italian Restaurant in Stratford, Connecticut, to help owner Michael and his mother Camille, he is working 90 hours a week but the restaurant that they have owned for 15 years is still failing. Michael does not know how to run a restaurant, he has poor leadership skills and has no idea about his food costs. The menu and decor also desperately need Robert's help. 

What Happened Next?

In the months after the show was filmed, sales were up 20% and Camille was more involved with the restaurants finances. Michael has continued to develop his management skills and the customers love the new food and decor of the restaurant. The restaurant went out of business in August 2014. 


Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant - OPEN


Chef Robert Irvine visits Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant, Lebanon, New Hampshire, where owners Nick and Maria are trying to save their 6 year old Mexican restaurant from closure. The locals were initially keen to try authentic Mexican food but the customers soon dwindled as the quality of the food and service deteriorated. 

What Happened Next?

In the few months after Robert visited, they noticed an improvement in the number of customers and have cut staff costs down to 28%. They are cutting food costs without compromising on the quality and are becoming more involved in food prep to further cut costs. Reviews since Robert visited are mostly very positive on Yelp and Trip Advisor.


Frankie's - OPEN


Chef Robert Irvine visits Frankie's, Three Rivers, Michigan, a staple restaurant that has been open in the town for over 30 years. The restaurant was purchased 13 years ago by best friends Tina and Jay but over the year the friendship has deteriorated to the point that they refuse to be in the same room as each other and as a result the restaurant is suffering. Combined with a gloomy and tired décor and a menu cooked with a microwave, the restaurant is on the brink of closure. 

What Happened Next?

After filming sales were reported to be up 39% and the beloved onion rings are still on the menu and selling well! Reviews on both Yelp and Trip Advisor were mixed after Robert visited. It appears that the restaurant has changed hands and new owners are running the place, the reviews are mostly positive after it changed hands.


Paliani's Restaurant - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Paliani's Restaurant in Burton, Michigan, owned by Marina, she is struggling to juggle being a single mother and running a successful restaurant, the kitchen is chaos, the dining room is filthy and Marina is oblivious that she is contributing to the failure of the restaurant with her poor management skills. 

What Happened Next? 

Within a few months sales are around 40% higher and she is seeing both new and old customers through the doors. Some of the changes have not been a hit with regular customers. Marina has slightly tweaked Robert's menu, reintroducing side salads and bread sticks. The restaurant closed in December 2012, owner Marina said that although there was a surge in business following the show it slowed, the regulars disliked the changes and that the new customers did not become regulars.


Michele's - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Michele's in Corry, Pennsylvia, where he finds owners Andy and Michele, who bought the restaurant at an auction despite neither having an experience of running a restaurant. Michele cooks in the kitchen despite no formal training and struggles to cook a steak. The interior is gloomy and Andy has plenty of attitude. 

What Happened Next?

When Robert revisits a few months later, sales have increased 40% and they are working towards hitting Robert's set target for sales. The new decor has been popular with customers and the menu is now a mix of the original items and Robert's new dishes. They have a new Head Chef with 15 years of kitchen experience. They closed in November 2013.


Maple Tree Cafe - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits the Maple Tree Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada, to help Ashley, who has no experience at all in the restaurant industry, she is overpowered by the staff and she is supported in the restaurant by family members, who also have no experience in working in a restaurant. The food was inconsistent, over seasoned one minute and under seasoned the next and the   service was poor. 

What Happened Next? 

Yelp Reviews after Robert visit were mixed and seem range from very good to very bad. Within a few weeks, sales had more than doubled and that she has kept most of Robert's menu including the popular Cuban Sandwich. Ashley is stepping up as manager and the staff are responding with less criticism. 


Whistle Stop - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Hot Springs, Arkansas, where owner Linda is doing everything, she bought the business when the previous owners announced they were to close to the restaurant. Robert isn't a fan of the buffet - refusing to even taste it, the food is terrible, some staff have a really poor attitude and Linda tell Robert that she is losing $15k a month and she owes a lot of money to various creditors and the IRS.

What Happened Next?

A few months later, Linda had started a breakfast service and Brett is no longer working there. Yelp Reviews after Robert's visit were poor with negative comments on the buffet in particular. Owner Linda posted the following on Urban Spoon following the closure in February 2013 -
"For all you haters of The Whistle Stop Restaurant in Hot Springs ...you won't be able to write ugly reviews anymore cause I (CLOSED) the doors ....I got tired of working 7 days a week, and you didn't appreciate it...Worthless employees didn't show up and didn't bother to call in and they go out and talk about you behind your back....but you know who they call when they are in jail or need money ...Maybe you should all go out and put in your own restaurant and then people will complain about you cause nothing you do is ever good enough for people.... you are the biggest whiners in the world....go anywhere in town and see if you can eat good food for 8.00 for lunch and 11.00 for diner. I am glad to close the doors maybe I can have a life just like you do...I can spend time with my kids and grandkids instead of being up there working my A.....off cooking for you while you are enjoying you family, I feel sorry for all you people that only think of yourselves and never anyone else and complain all the time...shame on you for being such unhappy people."


Valley Inn - OPEN


Chef Robert Irvine visits Valley Inn in Palos Hill, Illinois, the restaurant was opened over 40 years ago by Frank Sr and Faye and upon his death it was passed to his sons Dennis and Frank Jr. Once a successful restaurant but due to the economy the restaurant is struggling to bring in customers. There is a power struggle between Faye and the son as to who will be running the restaurant as she refuses to give up leadership. The food and décor are also in need of improvement, with corners being cut by using mostly frozen products and the restaurant is dark and dirty. 

What Happened Next?

Since Robert visited the restaurant, sales are up 85% and that the improvements have brought in new customers. They have kept some of Robert's dishes on the menu and are still using fresh produce over frozen. Yelp reviews since Robert visited are mixed, with as many negative as positive. 


Oleander Bar and Grill - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Oleander Bar and Grill in Olean, New York, where he meets Kelli and daughter Abbi, they have only been open six months and they are losing money and are close to losing the restaurant. The relationship between the two is the main reason for the failure of the restaurant, they disagree over everything, often fight and tell the employees conflicting information. They are grossly over stocked with produce and the décor is in need of an overhaul.

What Happened Next?

After Robert visited, Kelli told local media that she loved the new décor of the restaurant but it was too soon to know what effect the show would have on sales. They closed in November 2013.


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Restaurant Impossible Season 3 Open or Closed


A list of all Restaurant Impossible season 3 restaurants, whether they are open or closed and what happened next after Robert left the restaurants featured on the popular Food Network show. 


13 Episodes

Aired: February to June 2012

Closure Rate: 62%


Moss' Prime Rib & Spaghetti House - CLOSED 


Chef Robert Irvine visits Moss Prime Rib and Spaghetti House in Elyria, Ohio, open since 1958, the restaurant was once a landmark in the town. Robert finds that after the owners Sam and Sandi bought the business (name and recipes) and moved the restaurants location, it is struggling. The food is average, the décor is shabby but the main problem is that owners Robert and Sandi are stubborn and are reluctant to make much needed changes. Sandi often lashes out at staff but by the end of the episode you see her softer side. The menu and decor was updated and Sandi called in her brother to help. 

What Happened Next?

After Robert visited, Yelp reviews seem to indicate that the majority of customers loved the changes that they made. However, they closed on April 13th 2013. 


The Chatterbox Windham - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits The Chatterbox Windham in Windham, New Hampshire, to help turn around The Chatterbox. The restaurant was bought by Lynn after the death of her husband, she thought the restaurant would bring a reliable source of income for her family and give her sons a place of employment. For a pleasant change, the decor wasn't terrible, just a tad boring. The biggest problem, however, was the food, nothing was seasoned and the staff, simply didn't respect Lynn and walked all over her. Robert made big changes to both the menu and worked with Lynn on her management skills.

What Happened Next?

After Robert's visit, reviews on Yelp were mixed. Lynn has said that the makeover was mostly cosmetic and didn't focus on managerial skills to help her continue, which she is learning on her own. It appears from what I have read online that a truck drove into the restaurant and they decided not to reopen. 


Anna Maria's Restaurant - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Anna Maria's in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, where he finds the filthiest restaurant he has visited so far and a restaurant stuck under the shadow of it's former glory. The décor is very shabby and the kitchen is so dirty that Robert vomits everywhere and takes the drastic step to shut down the service. Robert refuses to let anyone cook in the kitchen until it has been deep cleaned so they have to borrow another local restaurants kitchen to practise new dishes for the restaurant's new menu. 

What Happened Next? 

The owner Jack sadly passed away before the show was aired. Business tripled after the airing of the show and there have been accusations that the state of the kitchen had been exaggerated for the episode and that the grime shown was staged by the producers for the show. It appears that before closing they reverted to their old menu and Roberts additions to the menu were all removed. 


Del's Restaurant - OPEN


Chef Robert Irvine visit's Del's restaurants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a restaurant that has been operating for 61 years. The food and decor is in need of attention but the biggest problem is the owner Marianne. The pressure from the struggles of the restaurant leads her to shouting at the staff and creating an atmosphere that is unappealing to customers so unsurprisingly customers are staying away. They claim that using the microwave saves time and they can the get food out quicker to customers. Robert challenges this and they have a race: Microwave versus Cooking from scratch. Robert won this race and proved that you can cook from fresh quicker than using the microwave. They have other strange kitchen practices including putting ice cubes into sauce to cool it down, what is wrong with the fridge? Robert gives the menu and restaurant a makeover and works with Marianne to improve her management skills.

What Happened Next?

Since Robert visited, Yelp reviews are mixed, negative reviews seem to criticise the quality of food and hit and miss service. Reviews seem to suggest that they have kept the decor and menu that Robert put in place on the show.


Woody's Tupelo Steakhouse - OPEN


Chef Robert Irvine visits Woody's steakhouse in Tupelo, Mississippi, a once bustling joint, who in it's glory days served Elvis. In the present day, all he finds is sub par food but worse than the food is the dining room, which is dark and gloomy and the table side service is very outdated. Who spends $1000 a month on tablecloths? Jeez. The decor, menu and website were given makeovers by Robert and are much improved after the change.

What Happened Next?

Since Robert visited the reviews on both Yelp and Trip Advisor are mostly excellent with the odd average or poor review. The excellent reviews highlight both the excellent food and service.


Valley View - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Valley View in Quarryville, Pennsylvania, where he finds Valley View. Deep in Amish country, the restaurant has been run by three generations of women. Robert finds that the décor and menu are both in need of updating and discovers that they don't serve any fresh food at all and that everything was frozen or from a can. Robert decides that home cooked comfort food would be the right direction of the restaurant taking into consideration the local area and teaches the chefs some simple, home cooked recipes. Robert also gives the restaurant a makeover and adds a hot bar, which is a big improvement. Robert also asks Ann to step down to allow Kelly to step up and run the restaurant. 

What Happened Next?

Robert revisited in February 2012, they have hired a new chef and hold meetings to make improvements. They have struggled with the hot bar and Ann has struggled to stay away and let Kelly run the restaurant. The restaurant closed on 8th March 2012, 4 days before the episode aired, as Ann was not willing to invest any more money into it. The single Yelp review reads that they had crossed out most of the menu items, served tinned tuna and the service was slow. 


Pelican Grill - OPEN


Chef Robert Irvine visits Pelican Grill in Seabrook, Texas, a small restaurant that only serves breakfast and lunch. He meets owners John and Laura who are losing $2,000 a month and are eating into their savings to keep the place afloat. Neither has experience of running a restaurant and the customers are not impressed with the food quality,most of which turns out to come from a can. Robert has a lot of work to do as the restaurants décor is dated and clutter filled with a lack of strong management. Robert revamped the menu and retrained the staff. 

What Happened Next?

Between filming and airing, the restaurant had to close for 8 days as someone drove their truck through the front of the restaurant. Robert revisited in April 2012 and business was up 40%, they had also extended their opening hours to include a dinner service. A lot of staff quit including the Head Chef but they have all been replaced. Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews are mixed after Robert visited. In August/September 2013, the restaurant was sold to new owners. Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews appear to be mixed since the new owners took over.


Mama Lee's Soul Food Restaurant - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Mama Lee's Soul Food Restaurant in San Antonio, Texas, where he finds Mama Lee's Soul Food Restaurant is in dire need of his help. The restaurant has struggled for 4 years making no money and is now weeks away from closing for good. Robert is shocked at what he finds, as well as the staple outdated restaurant, the place is crawling with roaches and other vermin. Robert has to call in reinforcements in makeover show Kitchen Cousins to help with the monster makeover. 

What Happened Next? 

Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews following Robert's visit were mostly good with the odd bad review. Four months later, Ken reports that business is up 15% and he is seeing new customers as well as beginning to pay off some debts. The restaurant closed in July 2013 after failing a health inspection with a disgusting 42 de-merits/violations including roaches and rodent droppings, which is a shame as it was a problem before Robert arrived and after all of his help they went back to their old unsanitary ways.


Pappas Restaurant - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Pappas Restaurant in Benicia, California, where he finds a failing Greek restaurant run by Mike Anestasios and his constantly bickering sons. They are constantly fighting and the relationships are in need of Robert's help. The fighting however isn't Robert's only obstacle to over come in order to turn the restaurant around, the decor in the restaurant is terrible and the food is bland. Robert changes both the menu and the decor of the restaurant.

What Happened Next?

Robert revisits and Mike tells him that business is up 50% on the previous year. The restaurant closed in March 2013, owner Mike blamed the decline of foot traffic off the back of the show, the vast amount of restaurants in Benicia for diners to choose from and taking too long to return staple dishes to the menu that the regulars missed.


Ristorante Barolo - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Ristorante Barolo in Aptos, California, where he finds owners Giovanni and Cristina, who bought the hotel with attached restaurant and for the first 5 years it was a success. With the economic downturn and the rising costs of maintaining the old building, they are now struggling to keep the place open. Both are also struggling with health issues and are in desperate need of Robert's help. There are multiple problems, the decor is dated and Giovanni gets frustrated and sends out poor quality food, his brother, also a Chef wants to help but Giovanni doesn't let him. The decor is given a makeover and more structure is implemented.

What Happened Next?

Robert revisits and business is up 37% and Cristina was in the process of stepping away from the restaurant when she suffered a stroke. Yelp Reviews after Robert left were mostly poor, they focus on poor service and cold, bland food. Trip Advisor reviews are few but mixed. They still own the hotel side of the business and this remains open. 


University Grill - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits University Grill in Burlington, North Carolina, where he finds a restaurant opened by three siblings in order to support their families financially. The restaurant had been open for 5 years and the constant squabbling between the siblings is close to causing the closure of the restaurant. There are multiple problems Robert has to deal with including owner stubbornness and serious food safety issues. 

What Happened Next?

After Robert visited, Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews were mixed with both good and bad reviews. Robert revisited and sales were reported to be up 15%. The restaurant closed in June 2013 and was sold by the owners so that they could spend more time with their family.


Pollard's Bar-B-Q - OPEN


Chef Robert Irvine visits Pollard's Bar-B-Q in Memphis, Tennessee, to help turn around a barbecue restaurant that only 4 months earlier changed from a take out place to a giant restaurant despite struggling with the business. They are in $280,000 of debt and on the verge of losing their house. The restaurant is owned by Tarrance, who wants to keep serving his much loved family barbecue recipes but is neglecting the needs of a large restaurant and has started to cut corners, the food is frozen and pre-prepared. The secret sauce comes from a can and is only slightly modified with a few ingredients added! Robert changes the décor and slims down the menu. 

What Happened Next?

Since Robert visited, Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews are mostly good. When Robert revisited a few months later, busi


Horton's Kids - OPEN 


Chef Robert Irvine visits Horton's Kids, a children's community centre that provides meals to under privileged children and cooking classes. In this special episode, Robert teams up with First Lady Michelle Obama to help improve the facilities on offer and improve the running of the place. They revamp the kitchen, provide dining facilities and Microsoft donate computers.

What Happened Next?

Since Robert's visit, they are offering more cooking classes in the kitchen and the families are enjoying dining together. They are growing fresh veg in the garden, have started a gardening club and the computers are improving the computer skills in the local community.


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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Restaurant Impossible Season 2 Open or Closed

Restaurant Impossible Season 2 Open or Closed


A list of all Restaurant Impossible season 2 restaurants, whether they are open or closed and what happened next after Robert left the restaurants featured on the popular Food Network show. There were 18 episodes in season 2 aired between July 2011 and January 2012 and the closure rate currently stands at 67%

Dodge City Restaurant Impossible
Dodge City - OPEN

Chef Robert Irvine visits Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to help turn around Dodge City and prevent the restaurant from closing after being open for over 30 years. The restaurant has a long running Wild West theme and the owners are weary of change, refusing to makes needed to make the restaurant more modern. Robert eventually persuades them to make some changes including changes to the menu and some slight changes to the décor.

What Happened Next? 

Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews are mostly good since Robert visited the restaurant. Robert Irvine returned to the restaurant a year later and was impressed with the restaurants progress and the food he was served. 


La Stanza Restaurant Impossible
La Stanza - CLOSED 

Chef Robert Irvine visits La Stanza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he finds an Italian restaurant stuck in the past. The restaurant is being run by the owners 24 year old daughter, who dropped out of college to run the restaurant. She had no restaurant experience at all and there was a recent controversy with under-age sale of alcohol so Robert has his hands full. He finds the problem isn't so much with the food but with the depressing decor and lack of promotion of the restaurant. Robert gets to work with some additions to the menu and teaching Lucia everything she needs to run the restaurant after he has left. 

What Happened Next? 

Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews since filming are mostly good. They only kept one of Robert's dishes from the additions he added to the menu. The restaurant closed in November 2014. 


Sweet Tea Restaurant Impossible
Sweet Tea - CLOSED 

Chef Robert Irvine visits Chapin, South Carolina, to help turn around Sweet Tea, a relatively new restaurant being run by a couple with no experience in the restaurant trade. With the owner's father's life savings depending on the success of the restaurant Robert is determined to turn the restaurant around. Christine and Jeffrey have been struggling to keep the restaurant afloat for a year and there isn't much time or money left. The food comes straight out of a packet, can or the freezer. Robert turns around the menu and helps them to make proper sweet tea.

What Happened Next? 

Reviews after Robert's visit are average with negative comments on service and food. There are however noted improvements in the taste of the sweet tea they were serving. The restaurant closed in the fall of 2011. Ava’s Copper Pot Bistro opened it's place, reviews were very good but this closed in 2014. 


County Fare Restaurant Impossible
County Fare - CLOSED 

Chef Robert Irvine visits County Fare in Stafford, Virginia, the restaurant has been open 5 years and is now on the verge of closure. Owner Eric Green has sunk his life savings into the restaurant and is now close to losing it all. Robert discovers that the restaurant is filthy, the food is disgusting and bordering inedible and the decor needs a lot of work to be done. Robert works on updating the decor, creating a signature dish and to train the staff as they lack basic cooking skills.

What Happened Next?

After the show aired, owner Eric Green reported business improved for one month and then sales dropped and they had 2 of their worst months in 3 years. Yelp reviews after filming were mostly average to poor. The restaurant closed in October 2011, 6 months after the show aired and was briefly reopened by new owner in January 2012 as County Cafe. The reviews of County Cafe were good but it closed after less than a year. In 2013, Smoke Pit Cafe opened and reviews are good. 


Snooty Fox - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Snooty Fox in Indianapolis, Indiana, an English Pub that has been operating for 28 years. The regular customers are an ageing population and new customers aren't being drawn in. Robert arrives and is unimpressed with the British theme and finds filth in both the kitchen and dining room and some serious food hazards. Robert doesn't hesitate in shutting the restaurant down and the Head Chef walks out, never to return. Robert overhauls the menu and updates the decor. He finds two potential new head chefs and stages a cook off between the two to find the best candidate with them cooking British style food including Traditional Fish and Chips.

What Happened Next?

The restaurant closed less than 3 months after the episode aired. Owner Tim Queisser said that there was a short term boost in their sales for a few months but the customers stopped coming.


Pastori's - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Ellington, Connecticut, where he finds not only a business on the verge of collapse but also a family on the verge of falling apart. Owners Bill and Georgia Savvidis had owned the restaurant for over 20 years and it was once very successful. However, the success did not last and the restaurant is in it's last few months before it will close. Matter's weren't helped when Bill fired his head chef Steve who was also his son, this caused problems with both family relationships and with the business. The customers felt the biggest brunt of this as the food quality suffered. As well as the bad food and the fractured family, Robert also had to deal with a terrible decor. The menu was given a transformation and the kitchen staff were trained.

What Happened Next? 

They kept most of the new menu but bought back some old dishes. Yelp reviews are mixed after Robert's makeover of the restaurant, there are as many bad reviews as there are good. The bad comments seem to centre on the food as the reviews are often positive about the service. On 8th June 2014, the restaurant closed.


Scrimmages - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Scrimmages Restaurant in Ellington, Connecticut, a sports bar run by four partners and with so many different opinions it was only a matter of time before everyone fell out with each other and the partnership fell apart. They are no longer making money and the relationships are beyond breaking point. Robert has his hands full with repairing both the restaurants issues and the relationships between the owners

What Happened Next? 

Reviews after Robert visited were mostly negative on Yelp but average on Trip Advisor, it appears they went back to their old ways serving poor food and providing poor service. The restaurant changed ownership in November 2013 and became Catch 202. 


Mamma D's - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Pipersville, Pennsylvania, where owner Luigi has combined all his passions into one building: Italian restaurant, farm, vineyard and wine shop. Robert was totally against the animals being on the premises, mainly for food safety reasons but also because of the smell and this was his first change that he suggested. The food station that was preparing different items than the main kitchen, so this was also removed and Luigi's son who is a fully trained chef but wasn't given any freedom was promoted to head chef. The dining room was given a revamp with a lot of the clutter being removed from the restaurant.

What Happened Next? 

Reviews after Robert visited were mostly good. He didn't keep Roberts menu and reverted to a menu using fresh ingredients from the family's farm. A year on and business was better than it was but still a struggle due to the economy of the area. The restaurant closed in October 2013.


Off Street Cafe - OPEN


Chef Robert Irvine visits Cerritos, California, where he finds Off Street Cafe, a restaurant owned by an ex mother in law/daughter in law who struggle to run the restaurant together. When they first opened, they were making money and were able to pay back the loan on the restaurant but as the income declined the debts crept back up and they are now in the original amount of debt. One owner couldn't be there due to problems with her feet and multiple surgeries that had to be performed and the other had no control of the staff or the menu, ordering the same food items each week but paying no attention to what was actually selling on their huge menu. Robert revamped both the menu and the decor.

What Happened Next? 

They are still open and appear to have kept most of Roberts menu changes but in June 2014, they changed the decor. Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews appear to be mostly positive with compliments to both the service and the food. 


The Trails Eatery - OPEN


Chef Robert Irvine visits The Trails Eatery in San Diego, California, owned by a father and daughter team and run by Stacey Poon-Kinney. He finds a small yet delightful restaurant but Robert soon discovers that they are in a dire financial position and are very close to closing. The decor is given a makeover and it looks much more aesthetically pleasing afterwards.

What Happened Next? 

Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews are mostly good since Robert visited. Some of the decor had to be changed following a flood in the restaurant. The Owner Stacey Poon-Kinney appeared on Food Network show "Next Food Network Star". 


Cap’n And The Cowboy - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Cap'n and the Cowboy in Port Charlotte, Florida, a steak and seafood restaurant owned by former dishwasher Nick Scaringella who worked his way up in restaurants before deciding to open his own. Robert is stunned to discover that he knows nothing about the restaurants finances, he doesn't know what he is spending on food or how much money the restaurant takes. Nick cuts corners and the food is only mediocre. Robert removes the clutter from the restaurant in his makeover and improves the food. He also takes them to nearby Laishly Crab House to show them how a restaurant should be run.

What Happened Next?

They were successful after Robert's makeover but decided to close by their own choice in August 2012. It appears that they had problems with the landlord. In 2013, Nick was a chef at newly opened Tortuga's restaurant which specialises in seafood. 


The Mad Cactus -CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits The Mad Cactus in Strongsville, Ohio, a Mexican themed restaurant which is serving poor quality frozen Mexican food from a dreary dining room.The owners Tom and Robert constantly argue in this episode and the menu is given a makeover as is the interior and a salsa bar is added.

What Happened Next?

After Robert visited, Tom claims that Robert was constantly losing his temper at him, his staff and the production team throughout and claimed that some scenes were set up. But he acknowledged that business was up 20% and the new interior has gone down well with the customers. Yelp reviews after Robert visited are mostly poor with complaints of poor food standards, it appears that they went back to their old menu (except the puffy tacos) after Robert left.


McShane's - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits McShane's in East Syracuse, New York, run by owner Cindy who boasts about the chicken they serve but the problem is that no one is coming in to eat it. Robert finds that the restaurant and kitchen are both very dirty but it's not just the dirt in the restaurant that is a problem, the decor is tacky and in urgent need of updating. The food doesn't fare much better, although the half chicken impresses the rest of the food is lacking in flavour. Robert revamps the menu and the decor and adds a few menu items of his own.

What Happened Next?

Robert revisits and the restaurant is doing well. Cindy has kept the menu items that Robert added and the Half Chicken is still the signature dish and their top seller. The restaurant closed in May 2013 and they opened a food truck called The Chicken Bandit, it appears from their FB page that they were unhappy with the location of the restaurant but didn't want to be tied to a single location. They still serve their signature dishes including their 1/2 chicken and appear to be very successful. 


Coffee's Boilin' Pot - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Coffee's Boiling Point in Madisonville, Louisiana, where he meets owners Tim and Allene who fell in love when they worked in the restaurant. They got married and when the business was up for sale in 2005 they bought the business. Things went downhill after they bought it and because of the pressure of running they restaurant they fell out of love and soon divorced. Robert finds that the restaurant is dirty and that the food is frozen, poorly cooked and poorly seasoned. 

What Happened Next?

The restaurant closed in July 2012, the restaurant was ravaged by Hurricane Isaac after being sold in August 2012. Another seafood restaurant named Crabby Shack was opened in it's space in February 2013 following a vast revamp.


St James Soup Kitchen - OPEN


Chef Robert Robert Irvine travels to Newark, New Jersey, for this Thanks Giving Special to help to reopen a soup kitchen, restaurant and dining room run for the homeless by the local church charity that has been ravaged by a fire. They are in a race against time to be able to relaunch the restaurant in time for Thanksgiving and help serve a Thanksgiving dinner to the thousands of homeless people of Newark and New York City. 

What Happened Next? 

Thanksgiving dinner was served to the homeless and the homeless continue to be fed at the soup kitchen, please consider donating anything you are able to the soup kitchen so they can continue helping the homeless. Happy holidays xx


Wild Cat Cafe - OPEN


Chef Robert Irvine visits Canton South High School in Canton, Ohio, who run their own restaurant as part of their culinary school, allowing students to gain invaluable experience of running a restaurant. However, the restaurant is suffering due to budget cuts and in order to survive it has to become self sufficient. Robert found a number of hurdles he had to overcome including broken equipment, lack of profit, dilapidated dining room and students with poor culinary skills. All the restaurant needed to succeed is to replace the broken equipment, revamp the dining room and this will allow the students to be able to practise their culinary skills. Simply, the students can't improve as Chefs with broken equipment. Robert replaces the equipment and gives the dining room a minor makeover. 

What Happened Next? 

They have continued with the improvements that Robert had set in place and have kept his menu. They are still open for lunch 3 times a week and have a special themed dinner once a month. 


Sullivan's Grill - CLOSED


Chef Robert Irvine visits Sullivan's Grill in Fruita, Colorado and meets owner Gilly who is on the verge of bankruptcy and had recently lost her husband. The restaurant and kitchen was in a terrible state and in desperate need of a revamp. There was confusion surrounding the direction of the business and the theme of the restaurant. They inherited a Mexican menu when they bought the restaurant and kept some of the original menu items, whilst also adding new dishes. Gilly was working 80 hours a week to keep the restaurant in business and corners had been cut, some of the food was canned or pre-prepared. The restaurant was given a huge makeover and the menu was improved.

What Happened Next? 

With the loss of her husband and the improvement in business, Ginny decided to close and sell the business in January 2012. 


Hoffman's Bistro and Patisserie - OPEN


Chef Robert Irvine visits Hoffmans in Santa Cruz , California, where they are losing $20,000 a month, are in $2 million of debt and in desperate need of Robert's help. To add to this the family are constantly arguing and the relationships are suffering. Robert soon discovers that the main problem is the lack of a clear identity, is Hoffmans a restaurant or a bakery? He tells them they need to be strong on both or to focus their attention on just one identity. As a result, the pastry cases which once displayed Ed's cakes were replaced with a wine bar and the restaurant is given a makeover. 

What Happened Next?

Robert revisits and the finances have improved but they believe it will take another two years to be out of debt. Although they were reluctant at first they believe that the bar was a great idea and have seen an increase in business from it. They have added new menu items and wish to make a few tweaks to the decor. Overall, they are happy with Robert's changes. Reviews on Trip Advisor and Yelp are mixed since Robert visited.


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