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Restaurant Impossible - Smitty's Italian Restaurant - CLOSED

Smitty's Italian Restaurant Restaurant Impossible

Chef Robert Irvine visits Smitty's Italian Restaurant, an Italian restaurant in Clearwater, Florida.

Smitty's Italian Restaurant is owned by husband and wife team Gus and Evi Gialelis.

Robert arrives and thinks it smells and has an old and dirty floor.

The banquet chairs are old, there are holes in the decor and the ceiling tiles are bowing.

There is a huge menu that the kitchen are struggling to cook.

They are struggling with a cockroach infestation, dated decor and issues with the food resulting from a huge menu.

The kitchen is filthy with old food on the floor and the equipment in a state of disrepair with a stove that isn't safe for the cooks to be using.

Robert meets designer Taniya and tells her that he wants everything changed and warns her that there is a cockroach infestation.

The staff work to clean the restaurant and an exterminator is called at a cost of $3000.

Robert brands the restaurant the worst of his career when he meets with the owners and he isn't sure if the money or time he will be there is enough.

Robert warns them that he might not be able to reopen the restaurant but he will try his hardest.

Robert meets with Taniya and Tom who admits they will struggle with less time and less money and will choose their projects wisely and salvage what they can.

The decor is given an outstanding makeover!

Robert updates the menu and the restaurant is successfully relaunched.

What Happened Next at Smitty's Italian Restaurant?

Smitty's Italian Restaurant closed in July 2014 as their lease was up.

The rent was due to be increased and they were unable to afford the 25% increase.

They had also had a number of poor health inspections including one after the show which found roaches and food not being stored correctly.

Prior to the closure, sales were up, there was an increase in new customers and their relationship was much improved.

They announced the closure on Facebook on July 29 posting,

"Unfortunately smittys has closed. We thank everyone that has come in to eat after all these years. We greatly appreciate your patronage."

Smitty's Italian Restaurant was Restaurant Impossible season 6 episode 3 and aired on April 28 2013.

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This post was last updated in November 2019.

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