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Restaurant Impossible - Snooty Fox - CLOSED

Snooty Fox Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Snooty Fox in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Snooty Fox is an English Pub owned by Tim and Cathy Queisser that has been operating for 29 years but can't survive another year.

The regular customers are an ageing population who spend just $15 a head, they are in debt and their savings are propping the business up.

Robert arrives and is unimpressed with the dark and dirty decor. Robert has brought in some customers to sample the food but discovers that the Head Chef has quit the day before.

He finds filth in the kitchen and some serious food hazards including cockroaches and doesn't hesitate in shutting the kitchen down.

Tim and Robert call two potential new chefs to invite them to try out for the Head Chef position.

Before this everyone will be cleaning the kitchen and they are also forced to bring in a deep cleaning team as it is such a huge job!

The chefs have a cook off, Chris cooks pasties and the Brandon cooks fish and chips and they both cook Robert's bangers and mash dish and Tim sits down with the Chefs to get to know them, he chooses Brandon.

On relaunch night, the restaurant is not quite ready, the relaunch is delayed by two hours and the customers have to wait to enter the restaurant.

The revamped dining room is revealed to Tim and Cathy and they love it, it doesn't look like the same place. The customers love the new fresh, light decor.

There are some plating issues and the kitchen struggles with the number of customers at first but turns it around and the customers love the new food.


What Happened Next at Snooty Fox?

The restaurant closed less than 3 months after the episode aired in October 2011.

Owner Tim Queisser said that there was a short term boost in their sales for a few months after the show had aired but they were unable to maintain this and the customers stopped coming.

Reviews after the show aired were mostly average or negative with comments on poor food and bad service.

Big Lug Canteen and Brewery opened in its place in 2014 and reviews are excellent.


Snooty Fox was Restaurant Impossible season 2 episode 5 and aired on August 3 2011.

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This post was last updated in January 2020.


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