A list of all Restaurant Impossible season 1 restaurants, whether they are open or closed and what happened next after Robert left the restaurants featured on the popular Food Network show.
Restaurant Impossible Season 1
Aired: January to March 2011
Closure Rate: 86%
Vilari's - CLOSED
Chef Robert Irvine travels to Palmyra, New Jersey, to try and save a 60 year old family restaurant from the brink of closure. 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 and has found himself in trouble and close to losing the family business. Robert changed the menu and decor.
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 menu for just 60 days after his visit, claiming that the show did not bring enough custom and that customers wanted the old menu back. They changed the name to Jerseys Pub 73, under the same ownership but closed in May 2015.
Mainelli's - CLOSED
Reviews after Robert's visit were good but the restaurant closed in January 2012. Not long after the episode was aired a car went through the side of the building... The owners said that they may open in a new location at a later date but this so far has not happened. The restaurant was sold at auction on 10th September 2013.
What Happened Next?
Rascal's BBQ & Crab House - CLOSED
Episode SummaryChef Robert Irvine visits Rascal's BBQ & Crab House in New Castle, Delaware, a restaurant close to closure as there are no customers choosing to eat there. Inside is the dirtiest restaurant Robert has seen so far and a huge deep clean is begun to get the restaurant up to an acceptable standard. The restaurant is also given a makeover as is the menu with fresh dishes and a revamped catering menu and service.
What Happened Next?After the show was aired, the restaurant was only open weekends, with the owner claiming it was difficult to get crabs. He was not happy with the way the restaurant was portrayed and claimed that those working on the show had spread rubbish, old equipment and food on the floor to make the restaurant appear worse than it actually was. He didn't keep Robert's menu for long after filming, claiming it was too fancy for his customers. They closed in May 2011.
Salt Works II - CLOSED
Episode SummaryChef Robert Irvine travels to Wilmington, North Carolina, to a new restaurant which is struggling to stay open. The restaurant claims to offer good home cooked food but it turns out that all of the food comes out of a can. Robert changes the interior of the restaurant, the menu and woks with the staff to help them work as a team. Robert wants to aim for a younger customer base due to the location of the restaurant and reaches out to local college students to come and try the food at the restaurant.
What Happened Next?Yelp reviews are mixed since filming the episode, there are both good and bad reviews. Trip Advisor reviews are mostly good reviews. After filming owner Mike Thyberg said that they have been busy and there has been new younger customers coming to try the restaurant. They closed in November 2015, posting the following on Facebook.
Meglio's - CLOSED
Chef Robert Irvine visits Meglio's in Bridgeton, Missouri, an Italian restaurant in desperate need of his help. The restaurant is stuck in the past, serving "old family recipes" straight from the freezer. All of their food is frozen and simply reheated, nothing is fresh. Robert helps retrain the staff in the kitchen to work with fresh ingredients and revamps the menu to feature less items but items that are cooked from fresh.
What Happened Next?Yelp, Urban Spoon and Trip Advisor reviews are mixed since Robert visited the restaurant with as many positive as negative reviews. After Robert left, owner John Meglio bought back the beef cannelloni even though the dish is frozen and not fresh. The restaurant closed in January 2015.
Secret Garden Cafe - OPEN
Chef Robert Irvine visits The Secret Garden Cafe in Jacksonville, Florida, a restaurant that only serves breakfasts and lunches but has no clear signature dish or any type of cuisine, in fact it serves a little bit of everything and doesn't do it very well. The décor is ghastly and the staff are all over the place. The staff are taught organisation skills, structure is put in place and the menu and décor are updated.
What Happened Next?Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews are mostly good since Robert visited the restaurant. Business was up 50% after the show was aired and their website has seen a huge increase in traffic.
Flood Tide Restaurant - CLOSED
Chef Robert Irvine visits the Flood Tide Restaurant in Mystic, Connecticut, a once flourishing local restaurant, the restaurant now has a bad reputation in the local area, largely in part to the owner. Robert witnesses an evening service filled with problems he needs to solve including a filthy kitchen. He cleans up the kitchen and helps the staff to take pride in their work and to help to make them feel like valued staff members. He updates the menu and redecorates the restaurant and works with the staff to help them manage their time better and to operate with limited funds. They renamed the restaurant to The Wood Grill at Flood Tide during filming.
What Happened Next?
Trip Advisor reviews were mostly good since Robert filmed the episode but Yelp Reviews were mostly bad. The restaurant was taken over by new owners in March 2014. In June 2014, the restaurant was reopened, redecorated and renamed as "Harbour House".