Restaurant Impossible - Caseyville Cafe - CLOSED

Caseyville Cafe Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Caseyville Cafe, Caseyville, Illinois.

Caseyville Cafe is owned by Diane Emery and Robin Gordon, a mother and daughter who bought the restaurant three years ago.

They both wanted to own a restuarant so they decided to go into business together.

Whilst they were never making profit, they were breaking even until the restaurant took a downturn and they were losing $6-8000 a month.

Robin describes the restaurant as a nightmare and the restaurant has a reputation for poor service.

Robert arrives and discovers that the restaurant is dirty and smells old. He hates the banquet chairs and he can smell the carpet.

The kitchen isn't functioning and the staff are taking advantage.

Neither Diane or Robin know how to run a restaurant, they don't know their food costings or revenue.

Robert observes a dinner service and criticises Diane's service, saying that she has as much charm as a brick wall.

A customer is served stinking chicken, which is dangerous and the kitchen staff don't care.

Robert inspects the kitchen and finds a number of health violations including old, incorrectly stored food.

He warns the customers that if they have chicken they should not eat it as it will make them sick.

The chef is sacked as he is only interested in coming in for his shift and getting paid.

The dining room is given a huge makeover with new furniture and Robert appears to enjoy ripping down the old curtained decor.

On relaunch night, the customers love the new decor and the new food and vow to return.

What Happened Next at Caseyville Cafe?

A few months later, the customer numbers were up, the service had improved and they had begun to repay their debts.

Caseyville Cafe closed in January 2014.

They had reverted back to their old menu prior to closing but had kept the other changes and appeared to have improved the service.

South Main Diner opened in it's place and reviews are very good.

Recipes in this episode

Chicken Fried Steak

Sauteed Shrimp, Spicy BBQ, Apple Slaw

Caseyville Cafe was Restaurant Impossible season 5 episode 11 and aired on March 13 2013.

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This post was last updated in January 2020.

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