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 Restaurant Impossible
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 Restaurant Impossible
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Chef Robert Irvine visits Rohrer's Tavern in North Bend, Ohio where he finds an outdated restaurant with an outdated decor and menu.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 Restaurant Impossible
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Chef Robert Irvine visits Bronk's Bar and Grill, Lake City, Minnesota, where he finds an outdated restaurant serving frozen food.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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