Restaurant Impossible - Maniaci's Italian Bistro - CLOSED

Maniaci's Italian Bistro Restaurant Impossible

Chef Robert Irvine visits Maniaci's Italian Bistro in Mohnton, Pennsylvania, where he finds a restaurant owned by three brothers that has been struggling for the past three years and a competing Italian restaurant has just been opened nearby causing business to decline further.

Robert finds a dirty dining room, bad food and bad practises such as an owner getting drunk with the customers. There is no management of staff, one owner is never there and Tim is in denial and refuses to acknowledge that the food is poor, some of the food served to Robert was inedible and his wife Dre also dislikes the food. Robert updates the decor and the menu. 

What Happened Next?

The brothers were still getting a surge of customers in the months following the show. Reviews after the show were mixed with some branding the food excellent and others saying it was average. The restaurant just over closed a year after filming in April 2014 posting the below on Facebook,

"Maniaci's is sad to report that after almost 20 years, we will be closing our doors for good on April 5th. We have tried our hardest to keep up with rising costs and rough times; but, unfortunately, we have not been able to overcome all of the obstacles. We want to thank all of our loyal customers that have been with us through the years and, also, the newest customers. We don't always know what God's plans are, but we will continue to follow the path he leads us down. We appreciate all of the support we have had from all of you over the years.
We will be having a final goodbye event for all of our customers on Saturday, April 5th. Please stop in anytime after 6 pm to wish us well and hang out with the Maniaci family for one last time. We look forward to seeing you April 5th."

Recipes in this episode

Chicken Parmesan | Branzino with Roasted Tomatoes, Olive Oil Poached Mushrooms

This episode was episode 10 of season 5 and was aired on March 10 2013, there were 13 episodes in the season, airing between November 2012 to March 2013 and the season 5 closure rate currently stands at 93%.

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