Restaurant Impossible - Rascal's BBQ & Crab House - CLOSED

Rascal's BBQ & Crab House Restaurant Impossible

Chef Robert Irvine visits Rascal's BBQ & Crab House in New Castle, Delaware.

Rascal's BBQ & Crab House was owned by Steve Kledaras and passed down by his father 9 years ago but with no customers they are losing $10,000 a month.

Robert arrives, notices a smell in the restaurant and scrapes layers of grime from the ceiling fan.

He invites three critics to the restaurant who notice the smell and the dirt.

The soup is cold, the crab cake is bland, the clams are rubber and the chicken is dry.

The kitchen is filthy with dead flies and caked on grime on every surface.

He finds mice droppings and a stench coming from the walk-in.

He opens the keg cupboard and retches but things get worse when he sees the piles of trash in the outside dining area, but there is also treasure and thousands of dollars of recyclable steel!

Robert tells the staff to put on protective clothing and they remove everything from the kitchen.

Robert is forced to bring in a professional cleaning team costing half of the budget! The designer struggles with the limited budget but is introduced to the junk pile to see what she can salvage.

Robert is forced to set up a makeshift kitchen whilst the kitchen is deep cleaned and discovers they are over cooking their meat.

Robert shows Steve how they should be cooking their menu items but questions whether Steve can continue after he leaves.

Five live mice run out from under a kitchen unit, 13 dead mice are found in a unit and exterminators are called in.

The clean kitchen is revealed and it looks incredible!

Robert visits the Chamber of Commerce with brisket to advertise the relaunch and leads the effort to complete the makeover.

The patio and later the dining room is revealed to Steve and Courtney who are overwhelmed and the staff are trained in seating the staff.

On relaunch night, the customers love the new decor and Steve had asked some friends to help in the kitchen but Steve struggles to run the busy kitchen and needs Robert helps him to step up.

The servers struggle with the first service as they are not used to having so many tables but they are better on the second.

The customers love the new food and are enjoying the live band on the patio.

What Happened Next at Rascal's BBQ & Crab House?

After the show was aired, the restaurant only opened on weekends, with Steve 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 seeds on the floor to make the restaurant appear worse than it actually was.

He didn't keep Robert's menu for long after filming, reverting to his previous menu and portion sizes, claiming it was too fancy for his customers and not what they would want.

Rascal's BBQ & Crab House closed in May 2011.

Rascal's BBQ & Crab House was Restaurant Impossible season 1 episode 3 and aired on February 2 2011.

Recipes Featured in this Episode

Crab Cakes

Pork, Brisket, or Seafood Dry Rub

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This post was last updated in November 2019.

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