Restaurant Impossible - Sweet Tea's Restaurant & Catering - CLOSED

Sweet Tea's Restaurant & Catering Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Sweet Tea's Restaurant & Catering, Pineville, North Carolina.

Sweet Tea's Restaurant & Catering was opened by Dana and David Cohen six months ago and they are a month or two away from closure.

Robert struggles to find the restaurant using the GPS on his car and there are no signs outside the building to help him find the restaurant.

He enters the restaurant and finds the decor bland and is confused with the tea themed decor as to whether it is a tea house or a restaurant.

Upon meeting the owners discovers it is a prime location due to the hospital and busy intersection but the business has been making losses since it first opened.

They are losing $9000 a month but David doesn't know why as he thinks the food and service is good.

Robert observes a service and the diners think that the restaurant is cluttered and needs more light.

The food is branded awful, especially the chicken and waffles and the service reveals that the wait staff are untrained.

The staff are inexperienced in cooking high volumes for a busy service and are bad at maintaining stock levels so they often run to the grocery store for supplies.

Designer Taniya thinks the decor is bland and Robert reveals that he wants a comfy southern vibe for the dining room.

Robert teaches the kitchen staff to make new southern dishes using fresh ingredients.

The decor was revamped by Robert and he employs an advertising company to help the restaurants reputation in the local area.

The new dining room is revealed and the owners love the new look including the new fireplace.

On relaunch, the customers love the new decor and the new food is a huge hit.


What Happened Next at Sweet Tea's Restaurant & Catering?

There was an increase in business from the show but they struggled to repay their debts.

Yelp Reviews seemed to be mostly positive after the show with compliments to the decor, food and service.

Sweet Tea's Restaurant & Catering closed in August 2014 posting the below on Facebook,

"It is with a very heavy heart and great sadness that we are closing Sweet Tea's. This was the hardest decision we have ever had to make. We loved that our customers became our friends and our employees our family. We will miss everyone terribly!"


Recipes in this episode

Chicken and Waffles

Sweet Tea's Restaurant & Catering was episode 13 of season 5 and was aired on March 24 2013

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This post was last updated in April 2020.


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