The Best Before-and-After Transformations From Restaurant: Impossible

by in Shows, June 1st, 2013

Robert IrvineAfter more than six seasons of budgeted, on-the-clock renovations on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine has seen seemingly everything — the good, the bad and the ugly — in eateries across the country. From unpalatable food and unsafe cooking conditions to creepy-crawlies covering the furniture and floor, the scenes at some of these restaurants are simply shocking, to Robert’s Restaurant: Impossible team and at-home viewers alike. No matter how dirty or downright disheartening a situation may be, however, Robert has never walked away from a challenge, successfully transforming nearly 70 eateries to date.

Over the years, Robert has proved his trademark to be his ability to breathe new life into once-failing establishments and give them the second chance they deserve. In the form of revamped menus and updated designs, plus tried-and-true techniques for food buying, handling front-of-house management and overseeing day-to-day operations, he outfits businesses with everything they need to not just survive but thrive. And ultimately his commitment has led to awe-inspiring transformations, especially given that his updates must be started and completed in just two days and can cost no more than $10,000.

Revisit some of Robert’s most-memorable overhauls by browsing before-and-after snapshots from past seasons, and hear from Robert and owners to find out how these businesses are doing today.

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Comments (39)

  1. joclyn says:

    Anyone on here who feels that Robert bullies anyone or takes advantage of anyone is clearly too ignorant to understand the concept or any of the basis of the show much less the real life situations that get these restaurants into trouble in the first place. Clearly these people are not intelligent enough to understand anything real about what happens in real life or on the show.(BTW the two are not exactly the same bc HELLO, its reality TV which is ALWAYS scripted!) Their comments are not only ignorant, but clearly wrong.

  2. Love the show!! Love the way Chef Robert tells it like it is and turns not only the restaurants around but also the people and their lives. Sometimes people NEED to hear the hard truth in order to change and get out of their comfort zone in order to succeed and become better people and families. Anyone who says Chef Robert is a bully are too afraid to face the truth…..that is all he is doing is making people face the truth which takes tough LOVE!
    Would love to be able to do all your travel for you guys!!! Contact me at 480-626-4958 or for Your Travel Center!

  3. Dave Kloman says:

    Some places can limp along in a lukewarm economy but when times are tough and the Dems want people out of work to enhance government dependency, many fall by the wayside due to the lazy, the filthy, the unmotivated, the semi-stupid, and Robert coming along to scrub them down is kinda meaningless — when before long — back to lack-of-business as usual.

  4. Alene Washington says:

    I was going to ask the same thing. I'd like to know how "The Main Dish" restaurant is doing. I hope that they are successful as they seemed like a lovely family.

  5. JP Wisconsin says:

    To find out how they're doing, you need to go to the Restaurant Impossible webpage

    For a list of the past ones, click on the featured show and then a list is available at the bottom. The Main Dish was from almost 2 hours ago and the review is no longer available on the RI's web blog page.

  6. ELAINE says:


  7. velvet says:

    I want to know what happened to Pollard's barbeque in Memphis……where is the update???

  8. missvet says:

    Every one has an opinion

  9. Linda Schimel says:

    I agree different is not always better & I like sitting in booths better than tables. Robert is a sadistic bully. It is getting harder & harder to watch the show when he acts like that. Maybe he is a Hell's Kitchen wannabe?

  10. Sally says:

    I was wondering the same thing! Was her name Stacy on the RI episode? It didn't seem like she could cook then!

  11. Linda Schimel says:

    I hope they are doing well. Robert was so abusive to them. After they had to put up with such cruelty I hope their restaurant survives. I was shocked when Robert told the owner his passion SUCKS!!! Robert takes advantage of desperate people who have no choice but to put up with sadistic behavior in order to get help. I tasted Robert's vinegar BBQ sauce; it was disgusting! But then I guess you can't expect an English man to know good BBQ. His other recipes are good.

  12. Jana says:

    Why do you continue to watch?

  13. Rastafarian says:

    You don't get it. You can't get people to accept and make lasting change unless you get them to understand and face their problems, And that isn't done by coddling them and worrying about their feelings. Is the objective to save their business or feelings? Which matters most? What is going to make them feel best? Going under or succeeding?

    just curious…did you vote for Oblamer? Twice???

  14. SML says:

    I just saw the Main Dish episode last night for the first time. If the restaurant has closed, maybe they should not keep showing it.

  15. Ramon says:

    Yes, you are so right! Robert preys on people who are vulnerable, at their wits end! He beats them down even more! Why don't you start your own show, call it "Restaraunt Compassion"? You can go in there, sit down, cry with them, and then you cal all agree that they're just nice people doing the best they can, and it's somebody else's fault they are failing. The show ends as you leave, being assured they all "feel much better"

  16. Denise says:

    Rastafarian, now you are being rude!

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