Restaurant: Impossible

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Restaurant: Impossible
Chef Robert Irvine.jpg
Chef Robert Irvine
Format Cooking
Reality
Starring Robert Irvine
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 93
Production
Executive producer(s) Marc Summers
Producer(s) Cyndi Butz, Paul Perrymore, Jodi Goren-Rode
Editor(s) John Gerbec, Bryan Monzella, Scott Markowitz
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Marc Summers Productions
Shooters TV
Broadcast
Original channel Food Network
Original run January 19, 2011 (2011-01-19) – present
Chronology
Preceded by Dinner: Impossible
External links
Website

Restaurant: Impossible is an American reality television program aired by the Food Network. It is jointly produced by Marc Summers and Shooters TV and stars British chef and restaurateur Robert Irvine, and premiered on January 19, 2011.

The premise of the series is that within two days and on a budget of $10,000, Chef Robert Irvine renovates a failing American restaurant with the goal of helping to restore it to profitability and prominence. Irvine is assisted by HGTV designers Taniya Nayak, Vanessa De Leon, Krista Watterworth, Cheryl Torrenueva, Yvette Irene, Nicole Faccuito, or Lynn Keagan along with general contractor Tom Bury, who sometimes does double duty as both general contractor and designer. After assessing the problems with the restaurant, Robert Irvine typically creates a plan for the new decor, oversees the cleaning of the restaurant, reduces the size of the menu and improves the food, develops a promotional activity, educates the restaurant's owners, or trains the staff as needed by each restaurant.[1]

Introduction[edit]

Currently, each episode opens with: "Chef Robert Irvine has 2 days and $10,000 to do the impossible!" Previously, each episode opened with:

Robert Irvine is a fearless chef and top restaurateur. He's never met a challenge he wouldn't take. Robert's new mission: fix America's most desperate restaurants. With limited time and few resources, this may be ... Restaurant: Impossible!

Changes[edit]

Robert Irvine enters a restaurant, assesses the issues, and confronts the owners with the problems. He begins outlining the changes he intends to make. He typically reduces the size of the menu and frequently adds simple dishes which he believes will sell; changes the décor to make it more appealing to customers; oversees cleaning; trains the staff (sometimes changing the staff's duties, e.g. making one person an executive chef or making one person a host or hostess); and gives the restaurant's owners the practical tools and suggestions to succeed.

Each episode ends with a group of new customers being invited to the new-look restaurant. Occasionally, selected items from the new menu are prepared and samples are presented to the public to advertise the restaurant.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 7 January 19, 2011 (2011-01-19) March 2, 2011 (2011-03-02)
2 18 July 6, 2011 (2011-07-06) January 11, 2012 (2012-01-11)
3 13 February 8, 2012 (2012-02-08) June 13, 2012 (2012-06-13)
4 13 July 11, 2012 (2012-07-11) October 17, 2012 (2012-10-17)
5 13 November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21) March 24, 2013 (2013-03-24)
6 13 April 14, 2013 (2013-04-14) August 25, 2013 (2013-08-25)
7 13 October 23, 2013 (2013-10-23) February 5, 2014 (2014-02-05)
8 TBA March 5, 2014 (2014-03-05) TBA

Chef Robert Irvine tries to turn around restaurants across America that are facing an impending demise if things don't improve. With a $10,000 budget and two days to work, Irvine uses his creativity and resourcefulness to turn the eatery's fortunes around. On day one, he assesses the business by observing the staff and kitchen during a full service. After the service, he would try the food if the restaurant is not bug-infested or if there are no major health issues. He then updates the menu and makes aesthetic changes to the restaurant in preparation for the grand reopening the following day. Irvine goes out into the community to get a crowd into the building to check out the improvements on the second day of the project.

Episodes[edit]

Season One (2011)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Restaurant Location Original air date
1 1 "Villari's" Palmyra, New Jersey January 19, 2011 (2011-01-19)
Chef Michael G (Giletto), who turned down the head chef position at Villari's, previously appeared on Food Network's Chopped and as a sous chef on Iron Chef America 
2 2 "Mainelli's" Providence, Rhode Island January 26, 2011 (2011-01-26)
3 3 "Rascal's BBQ and Crab House" New Castle, Delaware February 2, 2011 (2011-02-02)
Rascal's BBQ and Crab House was the first restaurant from Restaurant: Impossible to close months after their reopening. 
4 4 "Salt Works II" Wilmington, North Carolina February 9, 2011 (2011-02-09)
5 5 "Meglio's" Bridgeton, Missouri February 16, 2011 (2011-02-016)
6 6 "Secret Garden Cafe" Jacksonville, Florida February 23, 2011 (2011-02-23)
7 7 "Flood Tide" Mystic, Connecticut March 2, 2011 (2011-03-02)
Renamed The Wood Grill at Flood Tide during production. 

Season Two (2011-12)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Restaurant Location Original air date
8 1 "Dodge City" Harrisburg, Pennsylvania July 6, 2011 (2011-07-06)
9 2 "La Stanza" Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 13, 2011 (2011-07-13)
10 3 "Sweet Tea" Chapin, South Carolina July 20, 2011 (2011-07-20)
11 4 "County Fare" Stafford, Virginia July 27, 2011 (2011-07-27)
12 5 "Snooty Fox" Indianapolis, Indiana August 3, 2011 (2011-08-03)
13 6 "Pastori's" Ellington, Connecticut August 24, 2011 (2011-08-24)
14 7 "Scrimmages" Wilmington, Delaware August 31, 2011 (2011-08-31)
15 8 "Mamma D's" Pipersville, Pennsylvania September 7, 2011 (2011-09-07)
16 9 "Off Street Cafe" Cerritos, California September 14, 2011 (2011-09-14)
17 10 "The Trails Eatery" San Diego, California September 21, 2011 (2011-09-21)
18 11 "Cap'n and the Cowboy" Port Charlotte, Florida September 28, 2011 (2011-09-28)
19 12 "Mad Cactus" Strongsville, Ohio November 2, 2011 (2011-11-02)
20 13 "McShane's" East Syracuse, New York November 9, 2011 (2011-11-09)
21 14 "Coffee's Boilin' Pot" Madisonville, Louisiana November 16, 2011 (2011-11-16)
22 15 "St. James Soup Kitchen" Newark, New Jersey November 23, 2011 (2011-11-23)
Featured an extra food challenge from Newark Mayor Cory Booker 
23 16 "Wildcat Café" Canton, Ohio December 7, 2011 (2011-12-07)
Renamed from The Heritage Room during production. The Wildcat Café is operated by the students of the culinary program at Canton South High School.[2] 
24 17 "Sullivan's Grill" Fruita, Colorado January 4, 2012 (2012-01-04)
25 18 "Hoffman's Bistro" Santa Cruz, California January 11, 2012 (2012-01-11)

Season Three (2012)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Restaurant Location Original air date
26 1 "Moss' Prime Rib & Spaghetti House" Elyria, Ohio February 8, 2012 (2012-02-08)
27 2 "Chatterbox" Windham, New Hampshire February 15, 2012 (2012-02-15)
28 3 "Anna Maria's" Dunmore, Pennsylvania February 22, 2012 (2012-02-22)
The owner of Anna Maria's, Mary Sileo's husband, Jack Sileo, Sr., has passed away a month after their reopening. 
29 4 "Del's" Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania February 29, 2012 (2012-02-29)
30 5 "Woody's Tupelo Steakhouse" Tupelo, Mississippi March 7, 2012 (2012-03-07)
31 6 "Valley View" Quarryville, Pennsylvania March 14, 2012 (2012-03-14)
The Valley View had been closed permanently 4 days before the makeover. 
32 7 "Pelican Grill" Seabrook, Texas April 25, 2012 (2012-04-25)
33 8 "Mama Lee's Soul Food Restaurant" San Antonio, Texas May 2, 2012 (2012-05-02)
34 9 "Pappas Restaurant" Benicia, California May 9, 2012 (2012-05-09)
35 10 "Ristorante Barolo" Aptos, California May 16, 2012 (2012-05-16)
36 11 "University Grill" Burlington, North Carolina May 23, 2012 (2012-05-23)
37 12 "Pollard's Bar-B-Que" Memphis, Tennessee May 30, 2012 (2012-05-30)
38 13 "Horton's Kids" Washington, DC June 13, 2012 (2012-06-13)

Season Four (2012)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Restaurant Location Original air date
39 1 "Longbranch Steak and Seafood" Fayetteville, Georgia July 11, 2012 (2012-07-11)
40 2 "The Main Dish" Meridianville, Alabama July 18, 2012 (2012-07-18)
41 3 "Zandi's Grill" Millersville, Maryland July 25, 2012 (2012-07-25)
42 4 "Italian Village" Milmont Park, Pennsylvania August 1, 2012 (2012-08-01)
43 5 "Stella's Italian Restaurant" Stratford, Connecticut August 8, 2012 (2012-08-08)
44 * "Wedding: Impossible" N/A August 18, 2012 (2012-08-18)
Recaps Robert's wedding to wrestler Gail Kim
45 * "Behind the Impossible" N/A August 22, 2012 (2012-08-22)
Behind-the-scenes footage and revisits of several restaurants 
46 6 "Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant" Lebanon, New Hampshire August 29, 2012 (2012-08-29)
47 7 "Frankie's" Three Rivers, Michigan September 5, 2012 (2012-09-05)
48 8 "Paliani's Restaurant" Burton, Michigan September 12, 2012 (2012-09-12)
49 9 "Michele's" Corry, Pennsylvania September 19, 2012 (2012-09-19)
50 10 "Maple Tree Cafe" Las Vegas, Nevada September 26, 2012 (2012-09-26)
51 11 "Whistle Stop" Hot Springs, Arkansas October 3, 2012 (2012-10-03)
52 12 "Valley Inn" Palos Hills, Illinois October 10, 2012 (2012-10-10)
53 13 "Oleander Bar And Grill" Olean, New York October 17, 2012 (2012-10-17)

Season Five (2012-13)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Restaurant Location Original air date
54 1 "Poco's on the Boulevard" Kansas City, Missouri November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21)
55 2 "Rohrer's Tavern" North Bend, Ohio November 28, 2012 (2012-11-28)
56 3 "Bronk’s Bar and Grill" Lake City, Minnesota December 5, 2012 (2012-12-05)
57 * "Holiday: Impossible" Joplin, Missouri December 9, 2012 (2012-12-09)
Renovation of the Boys & Girls Club which served homeless children following the 2011 Joplin tornado. Robert and his team, including Chef Michael Chiarello must also cook a child-friendly meal for the staff, children and their families. Unlike other episodes, the team was given three days and $30,000 to renovate and improve. 
58 4 "Rising Sun Bistro" Kalispell, Montana December 19, 2012 (2012-12-19)
59 5 "Whiskey Creek Steakhouse" Keyport, Washington January 2, 2013 (2013-01-02)
60 6 "Windseeker Restaurant"[3] The Dalles, Oregon January 16, 2013 (2013-01-16)
61 7 "Sapori D'Italia"[3] Fountain Hills, Arizona January 23, 2013 (2013-01-23)
62 8 "Nanny Goats Cafe and Feed Bin"[4] Kilgore, Texas February 20, 2013 (2013-02-20)
63 9 "Dinner Bell" Madison, Tennessee February 27, 2013 (2013-02-27)
64 10 "Maniaci's Italian Bistro" Mohnton, Pennsylvania March 10, 2013 (2013-03-10)
65 11 "Caseyville Cafe[5]" Caseyville, Illinois March 13, 2013 (2013-03-13)
66 12 "Soup to Nuts Diner" Tavares, Florida March 17, 2013 (2013-03-17)
67 13 "Sweet Tea’s Restaurant & Catering" Pineville, North Carolina March 24, 2013 (2013-03-24)

Season Six (2013)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Restaurant Location Original air date
68 1 "Something's Fishy" Joe Willy's Seafood House Fishkill, New York April 14, 2013 (2013-04-14)
69 2 "Father Knows Worst" Old World Italian Restaurant Murrells Inlet, South Carolina April 21, 2013 (2013-04-21)
70 3 "Creepy in Clearwater" Smitty's Italian Restaurant Clearwater, Florida April 28, 2013 (2013-04-28)
71 4 "Drowning in Debt" Mom & Dad's Italian Restaurant DeFuniak Springs, Florida May 12, 2013 (2013-05-12)
72 5 "Muskrat Mayhem" Wagon Wheel Family Restaurant Smyrna, Delaware May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19)
73 6 "In the Pits" Bryan's Smokehouse Lufkin, Texas May 26, 2013 (2013-05-26)
74 7 "Lost in the Woods" Pinehurst's Country Lodge Greeley, Pennsylvania June 9, 2013 (2013-06-09)
75 8 "Sink or Swim" Pier West Restaurant Twin Lakes, Wisconsin June 16, 2013 (2013-06-16)
76 9 "It's All Greek to Me" Angelo's Family Restaurant Woodstock, Illinois June 23, 2013 (2013-06-23)
77 10 "Kalico Kraziness" Kalico Kitchen Douglas, Michigan July 14, 2013 (2013-07-14)
78 11 "Barely Edible" Edibles Restaurant & Pub Horsham, Pennsylvania July 21, 2013 (2013-07-21)
Renamed Hurley's Bar and Grill during production. 
79 12 "Benner Street in Bethlehem" Benner Street Restaurant Bethlehem, Pennsylvania July 28, 2013 (2013-07-28)
80 13 "Pie in the Sky" Aponte's Pizzeria Mason, Ohio August 25, 2013 (2013-08-25)

Season Seven (2013-14)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Restaurant Location Original air date
81 1 "Bring Mama Back" Mama Campisi's Restaurant Saint Louis, Missouri October 23, 2013 (2013-10-23)
82 2 "Feathers Fly" Ducky's Family Restaurant Kokomo, Indiana October 30, 2013 (2013-10-30)
83 * "Restaurant: Impossible Sneak Peek" N/A October 30, 2013 (2013-10-30)
Favorite moments from "Restaurant Impossible" as well as a sneak peek at Robert Irvine's new series, "Restaurant Express." 
84 3 "His Way or the Highway" Windsor 75 Windsor, Connecticut November 6, 2013 (2013-11-06)
85 4 "Outside the Box" Coach Lamp Restaurant & Pub Louisville, Kentucky November 13, 2013 (2013-11-13)
86 5 "Soul Searching" Georgia Boy Cafe Hagerstown, Maryland November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20)
87 * "Restaurant More Impossible" Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant Lebanon, New Hampshire November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20)
The episode was a re-air of Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant with trivia and behind the scenes stories. 
88 6 "Unlucky Number Seven" SEVEN La Porte, Indiana November 27, 2013 (2013-11-27)
89 7 "Unfixable Family" Mike LaSusa's Italian Restaurant Oak Creek, Wisconsin December 4, 2013 (2013-12-04)
90 8 "Holiday: Impossible 2" LBI Pancake House / Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Department Ship Bottom, New Jersey December 8, 2013 (2013-12-08)
Robert tries to revive the LBI Pancake House and the town's volunteer fire department, the Ship Point Fire Department, which were both devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Similar to the first Holiday: Impossible, the team is given three days and $50,000 instead of the usual $10,000. Also, there are two designers this time, with Lynn Keagan designing the LBI Pancake House, and with Cheryl Torrenueva designing the Ship Point Fire House. 
91 9 "Goombazz Gone Wild" Goombazz Big City Eatzz Rock Island, Illinois December 18, 2013 (2013-12-18)
Goombazz Big City Eatzz closed on or near Feb 14, 2014 (Goombazz owes Rock Island for loan
92 10 "Clueless in the Country" Heather's Country Kitchen Plains, Montana January 1, 2014 (2014-01-01)
93 11 "Monkey Business" Spunky Monkey Bar & Grill Auburn, Washington January 15, 2014 (2014-01-15)
94 12 "Dirty Laundry" Hillbillies Restaurant Murphys, California January 29, 2014 (2014-01-29)
95 13 "Mumbo Jumbo" Estrada's Restaurant Daly City, California February 5, 2014 (2014-02-05)
96 * "Restaurant More Impossible" Angelo's Family Restaurant Woodstock, Illinois February 12, 2014 (2014-02-12)
The episode was a re-air of Angelo's Family Restaurant with trivia and behind the scenes stories. 
97 * "Restaurant More Impossible" Coach Lamp Restaurant and Pub Louisville, Kentucky February 19, 2014 (2014-02-19)
The episode was a re-air of Coach Lamp Restaurant and Pub with trivia and behind the scenes stories. 
98 * "Restaurant More Impossible" Maple Tree Cafe Las Vegas, Nevada February 26, 2014 (2014-02-26)
The episode was a re-air of Maple Tree Cafe with trivia and behind the scenes stories. 
99 * "Restaurant More Impossible" The Trails Eatery San Diego, California March 1, 2014 (2014-03-01)
The episode was a re-air of The Trails Eatery with trivia and behind the scenes stories. 

Season Eight (2014)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Restaurant Location Original air date
100 1 "Up in Smoke" Mill Creek BBQ Redlands, California March 5, 2014 (2014-03-05)
101 2 "A Lot to Lose" Tootie's Texas BBQ Cathedral City, California March 12, 2014 (2014-03-12)
102 3 "Fiery Family Fusion" Pasion Latin Fusion Albuquerque, New Mexico March 19, 2014 (2014-03-19)
103 4 "Pizza: Impossible (f/k/a N.Y. State of Mind)" Mama Della's N.Y. City Pizzeria Baton Rouge, Louisiana March 26, 2014 (2014-03-26)
104 5 "Ungratifying" Gratifi Kitchen and Bar Houston, Texas April 2, 2014 (2014-04-02)
105 6 "Face the Music" Urban Roots Oklahoma City, Oklahoma April 9, 2014 (2014-04-09)
106 7 "Treading Water" Bryant's Seafood World Hueytown, Alabama April 23, 2014 (2014-04-23)
107 8 "Bummed Out" Bumbinos Italian Ristorante Orange City, Florida April 30, 2014 (2014-04-30)
108 9 "Meet the Impossible" N/A N/A May 7, 2014 (2014-05-07)
109 10 "The Writing on the Wall" Big Jim's Bama Q Hammondville, Alabama TBA
110 11 "Living in the Dark Ages" Cave Inn BBQ Winter Garden, Florida TBA

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robert Irvine : Chefs : Food Network". Food Network. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Canton South High School". Cantonlocal.org. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Restaurant: Impossible - Listings". Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Restaurant: Impossible - Episode Guide". zap2it. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.topix.com/forum/city/caseyville-il/TV15ACECEUDCPNGUT

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