Restaurant Revisited: Michele’s

by in Shows, September 19th, 2012

Restaurant: Impossible
In Corry, Pa., Michele Sventek needed Robert Irvine’s help to give her restaurant, Michele’s, a new look and better food. Perhaps more importantly, she needed Robert to teach her the basics of running a restaurant since she had no experience in the culinary industry. In just two days, Robert gave Michele’s a much-needed overhaul and taught Michele how to best manage her staff and maintain food quality. We checked in with Michele to see how her restaurant is doing a few months after its Restaurant: Impossible renovation.

Michele says that compared to last year, sales have increased “about 40 percent.” Robert wanted Michele’s to achieve $12,500 per month in sales, and Michele is happy to report that she “can see it happening as we progress.”

The new decor at Michele’s has been well received by customers. “Everyone likes the brightness of it, especially the wall between the dining area and the bar, the fireplace (people are excited for winter to see it working) and the mirrors,” Michele explains.

The servers, too, are excited about the changes at Michele’s and “are loving the extra business,” Michele tells us. She says that she is “scheduling more staff” in order to match the demand at the restaurant.

Michele’s menu now features a mix of the most-popular plates from its original menu and the best-selling items from Robert’s menu, and diners are loving the made-over list of selections. Michele’s favorite dishes include the salmon, hamburger and French fries. Jessie is no longer a chef at the restaurant, but Michele says that she has hired a new full-time chef, one with 16 years of experience and who “is excited to introduce new” dishes to the menu.

Michele tells us that her husband, Andy, “is more positive and more focused on us.” Looking ahead, she says that she hopes to be out of debt by the end of the year.

More From Restaurant Revisited:

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Frankie’s (September 5)
Gusanoz (August 29)
Stella’s (August 8)
Italian Village (August 1)
Zandi’s (July 25)
The Main Dish (July 18)
Longbranch Steak and Seafood (July 11)
Horton’s Kids (June 13)
Pollard’s (May 30)
University Grill (May 23)
Ristorante Barolo (May 16)
Pappas (May 9)
Mama Lee’s (May 2)
Pelican Grill (April 25)
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Comments (348)

  1. Ayaka Nisshi says:

    Wow its good one such type of articles and discussions must be uploaded more and more. these are interesting one. well done keep it up great effort.

  2. maybe one day i will get the opportunity to visit the restaurants in these post, thanks for sharing

  3. JMB says:

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  5. arlene says:

    I love Roberts shows. He's such a caring person and can really whip any restaurant into shape. Love the makeovers he does and finding out how they did a few months after. Keep up the good work Robert.

  6. Linda says:

    I just finished a repeat showing of Michele's Restaurant. I just about choked when Robert reams the owner for humiliating & demeaning comments to his wife & employees. REALLY??? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Geez! That is what Robert always does. He come offering help to people after first bullying, insulting,humiliating them. Instead of just telling someone their food does not taste good; he throws it on the floor, yells insults. Robert has so much skill in cooking and running a business. I don't understand why he can't just help people without crushing them first. Maybe he is a sadist and gets his jollies off these desperate people who have no choice but to endure his "help" . WHAT A GUY snicker

    • sandrasue says:

      Wow I sure agree with that. He doesn't need to smash things or berate people in front of customers. I enjoy looking at the makeovers but he is a real jerk to people.

    • Ann Woodruff says:

      I don't think you got the right idea, Linda. The restaurant business is VERY serious and the hardest work I ever did. There is no enduring – just showing the right direction to go – sometimes through conveluted ways but he always has the hearts of the owners in his heart! Learning isn't always simple and the business is rough!

    • Linda
      My initial response to Robert was exactly like yours. After watching a couple more episodes I finally got it. He has 2 days to wake these people up. If he were a psychologist he would be spending more time but he doesn't have that luxury. It works. These people like all of us just can't see the forest for the trees…we can't see our own failings and faults. Robert shakes them up and wakes them up – and he does this so they realize that what they are doing and what is happening to them is their responsibility! Great show! Love Robert Irvine! So does my husband…oh dear should I be concerned about that :)

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