Restaurant Impossible - Anna Maria's Restaurant - CLOSED

Anna Maria's Restaurant Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Anna Maria's in Dunmore, Pennsylvania.

At Anna Maria's Restaurant he meets owners Mary Sileo and her son Tucker have owned the restaurant for more than 26 years.

For over 20 years business was very good but it has now declined and the last 2 years have been very bad.

They would serve over 200 diners on a good service but lately they are barely serving 6 customers.

Mary thinks the decline is due to the economy and rise of food costs. She feels that she can't raise prices as she is in a small town.

Mary's husband Jack Sr is in poor health and is no longer able to be in the restaurant and she also has to take time off to take him to appointments.

Robert arrives at the restaurant and isn't impressed by the peeling wallpaper and wonky pictures hanging on the wall.

Tucker tells Robert that he only returned to the business 9 months ago and neither make a paycheck as they haven't made profit in 6 years.

He also tells Robert that he wanted to take down the wallpaper and pictures but Mary refused.

Mary is adamant that she doesn't want to lose the pink tablecloths and Robert rips one off the nearest table.

Robert invites locals to be able to observe a service and they aren't impressed with the old fashioned pink decor.

Robert sits down to order food from server Dana, who tells him the kitchen is filthy and she wouldn't want to take a customer in there.

He asks her to pick a customer to take into the kitchen with him and they both see how filthy it is. Robert removes the cooker hood and takes it into the dining room to show other diners.

He stops the service and tells the diners that he can't let them eat from a filthy kitchen, Upon returning he finds a number of food safety issues.

There is fish and veal together in the fridge, open meat containers, cross contamination, filthy chopping boards and plenty of dirt and grease.

The floor is also filthy and there is a container of bread crumbs stored on the floor, used for breading fish and meat.

Tucker is disgusted and tells Robert that Mary isn't at the restaurant as she has had to take Jack to the hospital and due to this he doesn't lay into him about it.

Instead the kitchen is to be deep cleaned, which means that Robert can't use it at all for creating new dishes.

Robert finds some more old food down the back of the fridge that causes him to be sick!

Tucker arranges a commercial kitchen for them to use and for him to see Rudy in the kitchen. Robert asks him to cook his favourite dishes.

In the rush to cook the food he shows poor techniques. Robert and Rudy have a cook off with Robert's dish being the winner and is to be put on the menu.

Robert meets with designer Nicole and the renovation will be a clean sweep with only the chairs and the chandelier being worth saving.

In order to keep the kitchen clean, Robert creates a cleaning schedule for Tucker to focus on one big cleaning task each day.

Robert reveals his plans for a new menu with smaller basic dishes for the wait staff to be able to upsell soups and salads.

He walks down into the basement storage room and discovers that this is also filthy with chemicals stored next to food.

Tucker promises to clean this himself whilst Mary sees the new clean kitchen and thinks that there are new tiles as she has never seen them so clean!

Tucker reveals the new clean basement and Robert's next task is to assign the roles for the restaurant.

He says that Tucker must be the General Manager and she will be the hostess. The makeover of the dining room is revealed to the family.

For relaunch night, Tucker is recharged and the family are happy in their new roles.

The relaunch is a success and the customers love the new beautiful decor and menu.

What Happened Next at Anna Maria's Restaurant?

The owner Jack Snr sadly passed away before the show was aired and Anna Maria's Restaurant closed in September 2013.

Business tripled after the airing of the show.

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, reviews are mostly negative and Roberts additions to the menu were all removed.

The property was sold for $405,000 in October 2013.

Anna Maria's Restaurant was Restaurant Impossible season 3 episode 3 and aired on February 22 2012.

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This post was last updated in August 2020.

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