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Restaurant Impossible - Zandi's Grill - CLOSED

Zandi's Grill Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Zandi's Grill in Millersville, Maryland.

Owners sisters Yvonne and Evette bought the restaurant 3 years ago financed by a loan with their mother, they had previous managed a tiki bar.

However, the sisters have fallen out of love of running a restaurant and are allowing the place to fall apart.

The restaurant is losing $6000 a month and their mother is working for free to help them repay the loan.

Robert struggles to find the restaurant and when he arrives he brands it the worst location you would ever pick to run a restaurant.

He is met with the challenge of poor quality food, poor service, the lack of a head chef and a very dated decor.

During the service Robert asks if any of the customers would return and only two put their hands up.

Robert revamps the decor with a bright new colour scheme and new flooring and lighting.

He also adds a burger and milkshake menu as a new USP for the restaurant and the sisters are tasked with hiring a new head chef.

They auditioned two chefs for the position and decided to hire Alan.

The sisters are reinvigorated by the changes in the restaurant and the customers love the new changes.


What Happened Next at Zandi's Grill?

Robert revisits the restaurant and is told that business is up 39% and they are serving over double the customers they were previously serving each day.

They have kept Roberts new decor and the spirit of his menu by keeping it small with dishes using only fresh ingredients. The new head chef last after a week but they hired a replacement who is doing well.

Zandi's Grill closed in February 2015 after customers went to the restaurant and found a sign on the door advising they were closed.

Shortly afterwards the phone line was disconnected and the website was pulled. Yelp Reviews were mixed, the food is complimented but there are negative comments on the atmosphere, service and owner.

Trip Advisor reviews prior to closure were mixed, with mixed reports of both excellent and poor food and of service.


Recipes in this episode

Ground Chicken and Blue Cheese Burgers

Short Rib, Bacon and Egg Burgers


Zandi's Grill was Restaurant Impossible season 4 episode 3 and aired on July 25 2012

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This post was last updated in October 2019.


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