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Restaurant Impossible - Bryan's Smokehouse - CLOSED

Bryan's Smokehouse Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Bryan's Smokehouse in Lufkin, Texas.

Bryan's Smokehouse is owned by Lynn Bryan and when they first opened business was booming.

There are a number of competing barbecue restaurants and she is struggling to compete.

Lynn is in debt and she is hiding the true scale of it from her husband Bobby.

Robert Irvine arrives at the restaurant and is disappointed with the drab, dark atmosphere of the dining room.

Lynn is ecstatic when Robert arrives and is pleased to see him and excited for his help.

Robert wants to observe a service and during the service they run out of ribs, one of their signature dishes.

Both Lynne and the staff have no idea what they are doing or how to run a restaurant and Lynn often breaks down in tears.

Robert samples the food, a number of barbecue dishes that he has brands as slop on the plate when he sees them.

He thinks the barbecue sauce on the pulled pork tastes like it has come straight out of a bottle and the pulled pork is bland without no smokey flavour.

The mac and cheese is greasy with no creamy cheese sauce and the ribs are tasteless and served with the same plain sauce.

To prove to Lynn that the meat is the issue they taste different meats from different restaurants and theirs scores very low in comparison.

Robert adds/changes two new menu items - the pulled pork and a fried pickle sandwich and improves other dishes.

He also renovates the decor and works with Lynn to improve her management.

What Happened Next at Bryan's Smokehouse?

After filming, business was initially booming before slowing down.

She kept most of Robert's changes and Bobby no longer works at the restaurant.

She later claimed much of the episode was scripted and made comments about the locals.

Bryan's Smokehouse closed in January 2014 after the owners decided to pursue other careers. New owners took over in February 2014.

Yelp reviews both before and after the sale are mostly negative.

Bryan's Smokehouse was Restaurant Impossible season 6 episode 5 and aired on May 26 2013.

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This post was last updated in September 2020.

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