Restaurant Impossible - Oleander Bar and Grill - CLOSED

Oleander Bar and Grill Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Oleander Bar and Grill in Olean, New York.

At Oleander Bar and Grill he meets Kelli Truman and her daughter Abbi.

The restaurant has only been open six months but they are losing money every day and if things don't change they will lose the restaurant in the next three months.

They are planning to remodel the above apartment for Abbi but if the restaurant fails she will lose her home too.

The relationship between the two is the main reason for the failure of the restaurant.

There is tension as Abbi didn't tell Kelli she was pregnant and she feels that the timing isn't ideal.

They are unable to communicate, disagree over everything, often fight and tell the employees conflicting information.

They are grossly over stocked with produce and the decor is in need of an overhaul.

Robert observes a dinner service and the customers aren't impressed with the food as it is cold and soggy.

Robert notices that the portion sizes are huge and discovers they are losing money so he teaches Abbi about costings.

The decor is completely revamped, the food is improved and the customers love the new changes.


What Happened Next at Oleander Bar and Grill?

After Robert visited, Kelli told local media that she loved the new decor of the restaurant but it was too soon to know what effect the show would have on sales.

Oleander Bar and Grill closed in November 2013 posting on their Facebook page,

"We would like to thank everyone for their support these last few years. Today, is The Oleander Bar & Grill's last day of business. Come in one more time for specials on beer and food. Cheers, See you there!"

Reviews after the show were average or negative.


Recipes in this episode

Pork Chops with Apple Bacon Salad

Pittsburgh Salad


Oleander Bar and Grill 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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