Restaurant Impossible - The Main Dish - CLOSED

The Main Dish Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits The Main Dish in Meridianville, Alabama.

At the restaurant he meets Lynn and Ken who bought the restaurant 5 years ago for $250,000 despite them both having no experience in running a restaurant.

When he arrives Lynn is dancing out the front of the restaurant in a hot dog suit, despite the fact that they don't sell hot dogs...

The couple are more than $50,000 in debt, are working 80+ hours a week to keep the restaurant afloat and have not paid themselves a salary in years.

They are unsure of their finances and just 6 months away from closure.

Robert meets their daughter Maggie who works as a waitress and discovers that most of the food is frozen and tastes bad.

He also discovers that they have completely got the costings wrong on the catering side of the business.

Robert changes the decor, installs a new bar and updates the menu to help bring in customers to the restaurant.

What Happened Next at The Main Dish?

Robert revisits a few months later and sales are up, most customers are happy with the new changes.

They are cutting back the catering until they can control the costs, using only fresh produce and most of Robert's menu remains.

The reviews after Robert visited appear to be average.

They sold the restaurant in February 2013 after receiving an offer that was too good to turn down and it became Jojo's Restaurant and catering with average reviews.

Recipes in this episode

Catfish Dinner

Tenderloin Hoagie

The Main Dish was Restaurant Impossible season 4 episode 2 and aired on July 11 2012,

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Previous episode - Longbranch Steak and Seafood

Next episode - Zandi's Grill

This post was last updated in November 2019.

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