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Restaurant Impossible is shown on the food network. This show takes a trouble restaurant where business is failing and the owner is in serious debt and gives it a complete makeover. Successful chef Robert Irvine is called out to the restaurant to assess the problem. Restaurant are often in desperate need of a makeover and often serve poor quality food. Business has also slowed to a point where the owner is losing thousands of dollars a month and may soon go out of business. There may be cleanliness issues in the kitchen that have to be resolved as well.

Robert has a designer on staff who decides how to redecorate the restaurant. He also has a builder to make any needed changes. He has to design a whole new menu that is tasty yet easy enough for the kitchen staff to make on a daily basis. The catch is that all of this has to be done within two days on a budget of $10,000. Robert also has to change the outlook of the restaurant owner and get them to think in new ways and accept the change. After the two days the restaurant reopens with a new look and new menu. At this point is it up to the owners to keep the changes and continue on the path to success. Robert Irvine and his staff has helped saved many restaurants and has helped the owners finally start to see a profit and get on the road to recovery.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on Food Network
15 Seasons, 174 Episodes
January 19, 2011
Cast: Robert Irvine, Tom Bury
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Restaurant: Impossible Full Episode Guide

  • Robert Irvine returns to Joe Willy's Seafood House in Fishkill, NY, where he dealt with a rundown restaurant and the owners' strained marriage. He hopes they were able to recommit to being equal partners in business and in life.

  • Robert Irvine travels to Muncie, Ind., where the rundown Madison Street Retro Diner is in dire straits. Owner Rita Watkins is in charge of the place, but her health is failing, and her daughter, Melissa, can't seem to step up to the plate and take over. Robert has two days to give Melissa the tools and confidence she needs or this home-style, American restaurant has no chance of survival.

  • Robert Irvine heads back to Tornatore's Pizzeria in Orlando, FL, to see if the owner has managed to keep his business afloat after Robert remodeled the failing restaurant and retooled its menu.

  • Robert Irvine heads to Tomahawk, Wisc., to try to save a small-town steakhouse from closing. Owner Brenda is just one month away from shutting the doors for good, and she needs Robert to remind her of her passion for the business and help her fix more than 30 years of bad habits. With only two days and $10,000, Robert has his hands full trying to save Besse's on Clear Lake.

  • Robert Irvine goes back to Sapori D'Italia in Fountain Hills, AZ. Years ago, Robert saved the restaurant's owners, the Manno family, from being ripped apart by crushing debt and a dysfunctional staff.

  • Robert Irvine comes to the rescue of Al's Seafood in Maryland, a restaurant that has been in the family for more than 60 years and is on the brink of closing its doors. Third-generation owner Chad and his sister, Cara, attempt to salvage what's left of their family legacy, determined to keep alive the memory of their late parents and grandparents. With the finances in disarray, nonexistent leadership and a divide between the uninspired staff and stubborn management, Robert faces one of his toughest challenges to keep this family business afloat.

  • Robert Irvine heads back to Off Street Cafe in Cerritos, CA. Back in 2011, he gave one of the owners a crash course in running the business so that her co-owner could retire.

  • Robert Irvine is faced with the problem of making a run-of-the-mill diner stand out in the heart of diner country in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts. After 13 years in business, mother and daughter co-owners Rosie and Bridget have run out of money and options. If they are going to be able to save Rosie's Diner, Robert is going to need to change almost everything in this outdated restaurant.

  • Robert Irvine revisits The Trails Eatery, a family-owned cafe in San Diego. With no obvious problems, Robert had to unravel the cafe's financial issues, and he hopes they've made the long-term changes needed to be successful.

  • Robert Irvine is in Nutter Fort, W.V., at Mike Audia's Restaurant-Catering, an Italian-American-barbecue-family restaurant that has a confused identity and is in for one of the biggest transformations ever. Single dad Mike is going to lose his restaurant and his home unless Robert puts everything he has into helping him turn the restaurant around.

  • Robert Irvine revisits Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant in Lebanon, NH. After closing several restaurants, the owners were deeply in debt and needed Robert's help and expertise to regain their confidence in the kitchen.

  • Robert Irvine heads to Chez Olga in Grand Rapids, Mich., where the struggling Caribbean restaurant's dingy dining room, bland menu and terrible kitchen are tearing apart the mother and daughter who run it. Robert must completely revamp the look and menu as well as get the owners to work as partners, or this restaurant is sure to fail.

  • Robert Irvine heads back to Campton, NH, to check in on The Country Cow Restaurant and Bar. In 2014, he helped the two owners navigate through a chaotic situation that led to a shocking resolution.

  • Robert Irvine heads to Columbia, Mo., to rescue McLanks Family Restaurant from shutting down. The restaurant is run by a single mother and her five adult children who fight constantly, and the tension is tearing apart both the family and the restaurant. It's up to Robert to fix their relationship and get them to work together before McLanks closes for good.

  • Robert Irvine heads to Chicago's South Side to try to save an iconic restaurant from closing its doors. After more than 30 years as a beacon in the community, Josephine's Cooking is one month from closing. Robert must motivate the co-owner, Victor, to take over the reins and relieve his aging, strong-willed mother, Josephine. With only two days and $10,000, Robert has his hands full trying to keep an important piece of South Side history alive.

  • Robert arrives in Safford, Ariz., to help turn things around at the Copper Steer Steakhouse; the restaurant was the dream of Parrish and Maureen, but it turned into a nightmare as they started losing money with no clue how to turn things around.

  • When Robert arrives at Incredible Cafe in San Diego, he finds a restaurant that is anything but incredible; the kitchen is an abomination and the woman who runs it is in crippling debt; Robert helps to reignite her passion.

  • Robert heads to Costa Mesa, Calif., to help turn around the struggling Filomena's Italian Kitchen and Market; despite a clean kitchen, organized dining room and allegedly good food, the owner hasn't been able to pay herself one dime since opening.

  • Robert Irvine steps in to help a struggling retro joint called Rosie's Cafe in Escondido, California.

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