Restaurant Impossible - Wagon Wheel Family Restaurant - CLOSED

Wagon Wheel Family Restaurant Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Wagon Wheel Family Restaurant in Smyrna, Delaware, where he finds three generations of women running the restaurant.

Grandmother Patty Gallegos, daughter Sheila Furman and granddaughter Jessica Furman all work together in the restaurant.

Robert arrives and compares the decor to a trappers lodge. The restaurant is open for breakfast and there are around 10 customers.

After speaking with the customers he discovers that they have all been left waiting for their food.

Robert tastes the food from the menu and finds that it is disgusting. In the kitchen he is left questioning what some of the food is.

The restaurant serves local delicacy muskrat but the rest of the menu is frozen.

He challenges Chef Chip to cook him the best dish he can in 30 minutes and he cooks a salmon dish that impresses Patty so he is promoted to Head chef.

Robert introduces new dishes including a new Reuben sandwich and corned beef for their new dinner service.

Robert gave the restaurant a makeover both inside and out and asked Patty to consider removing the muskrat from the menu.


What Happened Next at Wagon Wheel Family Restaurant?

After filming both Sheila and Patty stepped away from running the restaurant and Jessica took over day to day operations after her graduation.

Jessica reports that the changes were well received and reviews after filming were mixed.

Wagon Wheel Family Restaurant closed on September 7th 2014 as owner Patty's health was declining and they later sold all of the contents of the restaurant.

They posted the below on Facebook,

GOODBYE & FAREWELL from the Wagon Wheel. It has been a remarkable experience to “Grab the Wheel” since Restaurant Impossible featured us on their makeover show over a year ago. In that time there have been many ups and downs. Most likely, you had never heard of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, or if you did, the reviews may have been unfavorable. We set out to change this trend. We tried everything from social media and printed flyers to standing by the highway with a sign. All had limited results. Out of necessity we reached out to local artists and something strange happened.

People started to come. With a limited staff and budget we didn't have much to offer but a place to shine, and shine they did. Over the past year of comedy shows, open mics, acoustic nights, and full band shows, there has been a resurgence of business and interest in the restaurant. We would like to thank all of the artists and patrons that have made this possible. Your support is amazing, which also makes it difficult to say goodbye. But due to the owner's health conditions, we will be closing on September 7. Although this is the end of the road for the Wagon Wheel, Don't be sad! Let's make these last few weeks a time to remember!

Wagon Wheel Family Restaurant was Restaurant Impossible season 6 episode 6 and aired on May 19 2013.

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This post was last updated in September 2020.


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