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Restaurant Impossible - Mama Lee's Soul Food Restaurant - CLOSED

Mama Lee's Soul Food Restaurant Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Mama Lee's Soul Food Restaurant in San Antonio, Texas.

Mama Lee's Soul Food Restaurant was opened by retired Air force Sergeant Ken Lee 4 years ago, he believed his air force training as a cook would prepare him for running a restaurant.

He bought in his nephew Robert to cook in the kitchen but he had no formal training, he only knows what he has been taught by Ken.

The restaurant however is 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Robert is shocked at what he finds, as well as the staple outdated restaurant, the place is filthy and crawling with roaches and other vermin.

Robert has to call in reinforcements from makeover show Kitchen Cousins to help rebuild the kitchen and they are disgusted at the state of the kitchen.

The makeover is revealed to both the kitchen and dining room and it looks like a completely different restaurant!

What Happened Next at Mama Lee's Soul Food Restaurant?

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.

Mama Lee's Soul Food Restaurant closed in July 2013 after failing a health inspection with a disgusting 42 de-merits/violations including roaches and rodent droppings.

Recipes in this episode

Greens Stuffed Roasted Chicken

Mama Lee's Soul Food Restaurant was Restaurant Impossible season 3 episode 8 and aired on May 02 2012.

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This post was last updated in November 2019.

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