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Frankie's Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Frankie's, Three Rivers, Michigan.

Frankie's is 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 Wyman and Jay Woehrmyer 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.

He meets with the owners and Jay expected Tina to run the restaurant but knew she had no experience.

There is a lack of both cooking skills and 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.

There is a major breakthrough in the burger on a plate v burger on a paper disagreement.

Tina admits the plate is fine, she doesn't really care but she was frustrated that he didn't have that conversation with her.

Robert's team renovated the dining room with a country/industrial theme and Robert 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!

Some of the changes weren't well received by the regular customers.

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

Frankie's is open but it was sold to new owners Amy and Mike Lutz in October 2015.

The reviews are mostly positive after it changed ownership.

Recipes in this episode

Sauteed Strawberry, Sausage and Shrimp Salad

Frankie's was Restaurant Impossible season 4 episode 7 and aired on September 05 2012.

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This post was last updated in September 2020.

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