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Restaurant Impossible - Dinner Bell - CLOSED

Dinner Bell Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Dinner Bell in Madison, Tennessee.

At Dinner Bell he meets owner Tommy Kirkpatrick who opened the restaurant four years ago and finds a restaurant only days from closure.

Tommy has owned successful restaurants in the past so didn't believe that he would have any problems running this restaurant but he has been forced to sit down with staff and tell them they were to close.

It is only because the production team called the next day to say that they were coming that the restaurant was able to stay open.

Customers feel that the restaurant is more like a cafeteria and Robert catches a server dropping a scoop on the floor and carrying on.

The decor is bland and none of the furniture matches and the food is poor quality. Tommy is in denial about the quality of the food and thinks that it is good.

In the kitchen the food is stored incorrectly with a bag of chicken sitting in blood, the fridge is mouldy and the kitchen needs a deep clean.

Robert gives the kitchen a deep clean and revamps both the dining room decor for a more modern feel.

On relaunch, the customers think the restaurant looks like a different place and love the new menu.


What Happened Next at Dinner Bell?

A few months later, the kitchen remains clean and the staff are responsible for their own hygiene standards.

They returned to their previous menu and previous prices as customers apparently weren't happy with the new prices, even though at the old prices there was very little profit.

Tommy was also critical of the process to local media.

Dinner Bell closed in April 2013 due to rising food costs and the local economy and reviews were mixed prior to closure.


Recipes in this episode

Fried Catfish


Dinner Bell was Restaurant Impossible season 5 episode 9 and aired on February 27 2013.

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Previous episode - Nanny Goats Cafe and Feed Bin

Next episode - Maniaci's Italian Bistro

This post was last updated in December 2019.


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