Robert Irvine’s Top 5 Most-Memorable Restaurant Impossible Episodes

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, August 20th, 2012

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In honor of the 50th episode of Restaurant: Impossible, “Behind the Impossible,” Robert Irvine sat down with us at the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival at Caesars Hotel & Casino (where he spent time as their culinary director at the beginning of his career) to share some of his most memorable moments from past seasons. While he did have a party in Philadelphia to celebrate the milestone, he’s already filming future episodes saying, “it’s 50 and then we keep on going.”

1. At The Main Dish in Meridianville, Ala., Robert turned a sad and neglected restaurant into a comfortable, sophisticated eatery, and gave a new lease on life for Lynn and Ken Tverberg. Check out how the restaurant is doing now in our Restaurant Revisited.

robert irvine2. The level of dirtiness at Anna Maria’s in Dunmore, Pa., is where Robert went through the worst kitchen he’d ever seen. The kitchen was so dirty that Robert wouldn’t even let the customers continue to eat after he saw the mess of dirt and filth and grease.

3. When he headed to Harrisburg, Pa., in an effort to try and save Doug and Debbie Krick’s restaurant, Dodge City USA, from closing its doors after 30 years of service, Robert was touched by the compassion shown by its owners.

4. The overwhelming success of restaurant The Trails in San Diego, Calif., and its owner Stacey Poon-Kinney ranks as a top moment that just keeps going. robert irvineThe restaurant just recently turned $1.1 million in sales, a 66% increase since the renovations.


5. Robert visited a school garden grown by the nonprofit Horton’s Kids organization in Washington, D.C., with first lady Michelle Obama, who Robert found to be an amazing human being. “She was supposed to spend an hour with me but instead she canceled an appointment on Capitol Hill to talk to every kid and mom that was there,” Robert said. Find out how Horton’s Kids is doing in our Restaurant Revisited.

Robert keeps in contact with all of the restaurants (except, apparently, one guy who he didn’t like), and they are like his extended family. Tune in to the 50th episode of Restaurant: Impossible on Wednesday, August 22, at 9pm.

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Comments (61)

  1. Confused in New York says:

    I read the updates. Who is the one guy Robert didn't like? Was it the restaurant owner that had the outside covered patio for band and dancing fixed up by the show? I can't remember the name but I wonder if the place made it after all the hard work by restaurant impossible crew did???

    • Gail says:

      No, the morons let the crap fill up the patio all over again and they don't use the patio anymore…again. What a waste! They deserve to fail!

  2. Bryan Park says:

    I was just turned on to this show by a friend, and it has become one of my favorite shows. I have to think that the "one guy who [Chef Robert] didn't like was the guy at Rascal's BBQ in New Castle, DE. He was the guy who accused the Food Network camera team of planting caraway seeds and claiming they were mouse droppings. I watched that episode – maybe they were caraway seeds, but there's no mistaking the crazy hoarding and filthy dripping down the side of the grills and other filth in the kitchen. Check out the history of the restaurant after the show – it was only open on weekends, then rebranded as 'Beach Bum' then rebranded as 'Boomer's'.

  3. Romana wells says:

    I would love for you to come and check out my restaurant and give me some pointer's…..I own Maciano's Pizza n Pastaria in Las Vegas .

  4. vijay sharma says:

    hi Robert I love to watch all your shows and we have friend who need help.
    how we can take your help they own indian restaurant in Madison Wisconsin (Taj Restaurant ) park street Madison and their business is falling down .I saw your shows you help all kind of communities so pl help them to.
    Vijay sharma

  5. AbbyandSadiesMom says:

    Closed. Mismanagement cannot compete with new decor. Sorry.

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