Restaurant Impossible - Soup to Nuts Diner - CLOSED

Soup to Nuts Diner Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Soup to Nuts Diner, Tavares, Florida, where he meets owner Sharon Whitmore.

Sharon has been running Soup to Nuts Diner, a 50's style diner on her own for 10 years.

For the last 4 years she has been working 100 hours weeks but is losing $1000 a month and she has had to put her house into foreclosure and move in with her parents.

Robert arrives and finds a dirty welcome mat on entry, dirty floor and blinds that are covered in dust.

The rest of the dining room is also covered in dirt and customers think there is a smell of old grease in the dining room.

The customers question how dirty the kitchen must be based on how dirty the dining room is.

Robert inspects the kitchen and finds a mouldy fridge, the kitchen equipment is caked in grease and raw meat is stored incorrectly.

Robert shuts down the kitchen down and refuses to let anyone eat the food they are serving.

The kitchen staff clean but the problem is so bad that he also needs to call in professional cleaners.

After 12 hours of deep cleaning in one of the worst kitchens he has ever since the kitchen is finally clean.

For the makeover, everything is removed from the dining room, replaced and modernised and the kitchen is given new equipment.

On relaunch night, the customers are happy and Sharon is so ecstatic she does a happy dance in the dining room.

What Happened Next at Soup to Nuts Diner?

Soup to Nuts Diner closed in May 2013.

They closed due to a poor reputation for food hygiene, high taxes and struggles to keep up with the mortgage payments, which led her to decide to move closer to family.

Reviews seem to suggest that the food quality and service had improved after the makeover, although shortly after the makeover reviews were negative, possibly whilst they adjusted.

They kept some of Robert's menu alongside their previous menu and they finished off the renovation.

There was a short term boost in sales of around 40% before the customers dwindled to around a 20% increase.

Recipes in this episode

Salmon Burger

Soup to Nuts Diner was Restaurant Impossible season 5 episode 12 and aired on January 02 2013.

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This post was last updated in November 2019.

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