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Restaurant Impossible - Old World Italian Restaurant - CLOSED

Old World Italian Restaurant Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Old World Italian Restaurant in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

When Robert arrives at Old World Italian Restaurant he meets George and Teresa Hayek, who bought the restaurant for their son after he graduated from culinary school.

However customer numbers have declined after 5 years in business and they were losing over $5000 a week.

The decor is drab and outdated and in need of a makeover.

Robert observes the service and customers hate the food and send food back to the kitchen. The tomato sauce in the pasta is compared to paste.

It is no surprise that they don't like the food as it is mostly frozen and there are poor practices including heavy use of the microwave.

Back in the kitchen Robert asks to taste the food after watching George Jr prep.

The veal marcella is like eating sawdust, the minestrone soup tastes like tomato sauce, the egg plant rolantini is cold in the middle and the sauce is the same as the soup.

The basa has a terrible texture that tastes like it is regurgitated, the veal picata is reheated, the lasagna is tasteless and the chicken parmigiana has burnt breadcrumbs.

Robert asks George Jr why he thinks the pre-prepared food is better and challenges him to a cook off of fresh vs frozen.

Roberts dish is not only quicker but it tastes fresh and delicious. George Jr's dish tastes like cardboard and has doughy flour.

Robert updated the dated decor, working on improving the management and revamped the menu.


What Happened Next at Old World Italian Restaurant?

Sales were initially up 35%, they had hired a new manager and George Jr had taken over expediting in the kitchen.

Old World Italian Restaurant closed in September 2013 after customer numbers declined over the summer and they were unable to afford to stay open.

Yelp Reviews prior to the closure were positive with compliments to both the food and service in the restaurant.

Old World Italian Restaurant was Restaurant Impossible season 6 episode 2 and aired on April 21 2013

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This post was last updated in November 2019.


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  1. It didn't help that Carrabba's soon opened up RIGHT BESIDE THEM. I am from Murrells Inlet and it was sad to hear another locally owned restaurant bit the dust due to corporate greed.

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