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Restaurant Impossible - Paliani's Restaurant - CLOSED

Paliani's Restaurant Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Paliani's Restaurant in Burton, Michigan, currently owned by Marina Bufalini after being opened by her uncle 47 years ago.

She is struggling to juggle being a single mother and running a successful restaurant allowing her small child to run loose around the restaurant when diners are trying to eat.

When Robert arrives he isn't impressed with the cheap table cloths or the plastic grapes and finds the decor to be dirty and smelly.

The kitchen is chaos with chefs quitting with no notice and there are constantly help wanted signs out the front.

Upon witnessing a service Robert finds that the food is poor with a shrimp pasta being served in a pool of butter and cook Tony doesn't seem to know that the dish shouldn't be swimming in liquid.

Robert brands the food as garbage and tells them to step up or get out!

Marina is oblivious that she is contributing to the failure of the restaurant with her poor management skills and reacts with anger after being told of her failings.

Robert redecorated the dining room and revamped the menu after initially branding the Italian food some of the worst he had ever tasted.

On relaunch night the customers find the new dining room warm and inviting and are enjoying the new food.


What Happened Next at Paliani's Restaurant?

Within a few months sales are around 40% higher and she is seeing both new and old customers through the doors.

Some of the changes were not a hit with some of the regular customers.

Marina slightly tweaked Robert's menu, reintroducing side salads and bread sticks.

Paliani's Restaurant closed in December 2012.

The owner Marina said that although there was a surge in business following the show it only lasted for two months and many of the regulars disliked the changes.

Also the new customers were one time visitors to due the show and did not become regulars.


Recipes in this episode

Ham and Pepperoni Stromboli

Ricotta Cheesecake

Caramel Sauce


Paliani's Restaurant was Restaurant Impossible season 4 episode 8 and aired on September 12 2012.

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This post was last updated in November 2019.


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