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Frankie's Restaurant Impossible

Chef Robert Irvine visits Frankie's, Three Rivers, Michigan, a staple restaurant that has been open in the town for over 30 years.

The restaurant was purchased 13 years ago by best friends Tina and Jay but over the years the friendship has deteriorated.

Things are so bad that they refuse to be in the same room as each other and as a result the restaurant is suffering.

They are $300,000 in debt and on the brink of closure and Robert needs to fix both the restaurant and their relationship.

Robert arrives to find a gloomy and tired decor covered with trains and a menu cooked with a microwave.

There is a lack of food safety knowledge as Jay puts raw beef onto the cooked meats on a pizza.

Robert discovers that they don't even own the proper cooking equipment and has to spend a portion of the budget on pots and pans!

He sits the owners down and a lot of the tension is due to Jay not sharing his knowledge and not teaching Tina how to run the restaurant.

Robert works on the first stages of mending the relationship by getting issues into the open and helps them to communicate better leading to honesty and mutual decisions.

Robert's team renovated the dining room and updated the menu with new dishes.

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


What Happened Next at Frankie's?

After filming sales were reported to be up 39% and the beloved onion rings are still on the menu and selling well!

Reviews on both Yelp and Trip Advisor were mixed after Robert visited.

Frankie's is open but it appears that the restaurant has changed hands and there are new owners running the restaurant.

The reviews are mostly positive after it changed hands.


Recipes in this episode

Sauteed Strawberry, Sausage and Shrimp Salad


This episode was episode 7 of season 4 and was aired on September 05 2012

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This post was last updated in November 2019.


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