Restaurant Impossible - Sullivan's Grill - CLOSED

Sullivan's Grill Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Sullivan's Grill in Fruita, Colorado.

Sullivan's Grill is owned by Ginny Sullivan, who is on the verge of bankruptcy and had recently lost her husband.

The restaurant and kitchen was in a terrible state with grease caked all over the kitchen and the dining room was in desperate need of a revamp.

There was confusion surrounding the direction of the business and the theme of the restaurant.

They inherited a Mexican menu when they bought the restaurant and kept some of the original menu items, whilst also adding new Irish themed dishes.

Ginny was working 80 hours a week to keep the restaurant in business and corners had been cut.

Chef Rose is defensive and some of the food was canned or pre-prepared and they were making a loss on their coffee sales.

They were famed for their green chilli's but their chilli was watery.

The kitchen was given a deep clean, the walls were painted and all of the equipment and walk in were deep cleaned too.

Robert receives a phone call to say that Rose is ill and won't be able to cook in the kitchen for the evening service.

Scott, the most qualified cook in the kitchen is asked to step up and learn the new menu in order to be able to train the other cooks.

The dining room was given a huge makeover that includes knocking down a wall to open up the space and Ginny is overwhelmed by the changes.

On relaunch night, customers love the new menu and love the improvements to the food. The customers promise to return to the restaurant.


What Happened Next at Sullivan's Grill?

With the loss of her husband and the improvement in business, Ginny decided it was a good time to sell the business.

Sullivan's Grill closed in January 2012.

Ginny is currently a Vendor Manager at Comcast.


Recipes in this episode

Braised Pork Green Chili

Seared Rib Eye, Tomato Pan Sauce


Sullivan's Grill was Restaurant Impossible season 2 episode 17 and aired on January 04 2012.

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This post was last updated in January 2020.


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