Restaurant Impossible - Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant - OPEN

Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Owners Nick and Maria are trying to save their 6 year old Mexican restaurant from closure.

The locals were initially keen to try authentic Mexican food and would queue for an hour around the block to eat in the restaurant.

However, the customers soon dwindled as the quality of the food and service deteriorated.

They are $500,000 in debt, close to losing their house, their relationship is suffering and they are close to closing the restaurant.

Robert arrives and finds holes in the wall, the bar is falling apart and there are silly garden lights hanging from the ceiling.

Robert observes a service and he talks with customers who aren't impressed with the look or taste of the food they are served.

Robert discovers that Maria is too soft on the staff allowing them to take advantage and not do their jobs properly.

He believes it is her loss of confidence to speak up that has led to the decline of the restaurant.

Nick and Maria have a Chimichanga cook off, Maria's original recipe versus the current one they serve.

Maria's in the best by far, with a great presentation and taste and Robert loves Maria's recipe.

The restaurant is revamped with a new bright decor, a refurbished bar and new flooring.

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


What Happened Next at Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant?

In the few months after Robert visited, they noticed an improvement in the number of customers and have cut staff costs down to 28%.

They are cutting food costs without compromising on the quality and are becoming more involved in food prep to further cut costs.

Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant is open.

Reviews since Robert visited are mostly very positive on Yelp and Trip Advisor.

Recipes in this episode

Lobster Taco


Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant was Restaurant Impossible season 4 episode 6 and aired on August 29 2012

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This post was last updated in November 2019.


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