Restaurant Revisited: Bummed Out at Bumbinos Italian Ristorante

by in Shows, April 30th, 2014

Terry Garner and Robert IrvineThis week, at Bumbinos Italian Ristorante, the problems with which  Robert Irvine had to contend went beyond the usual bland decor and kitchen filth this week. The negative interpersonal relationships at this Orange City, Fla., eatery were causing so much screaming among employees and owner Terry Gardner that it was driving away customers. With just two days to work and a budget of just $10,000, Robert Irvine and his Restaurant: Impossible team addressed the staff’s issues and overhauled the interior and menu at Bumbinos to ultimately give the business a second chance at success. Read on below to get an exclusive update from Terry.

“The first two weeks after the show, we increased approximately 35 percent,” Terry said. She added that both she and the diners have been wowed by the updates in design. “They are loving the lights and the tile. Favorite elements would be the closing of the pizza area, the chandelier and the tile wall.”

In terms of the food at Bumbinos, Terry explains, “I love the new menu. I plan on keeping it.” Diners have taken well to the “new salads [and] broccoli rabe,” according to her. The back-of-the-house staff remains largely the same, as Terry says that “Willie is still the chef; Cappy is still the pizza man.” She adds of her son, “Willie is creative, making specials. He now takes the time to go to the tables and ask how the customers are enjoying his dishes.”

Terry promises that yelling no longer impacts diners’ experiences, and she adds that being on the show “is slowing strengthening” the dynamic between her and Willie. And “Cappy and I seem to laugh a little more at each other rather than fight,” she adds. “I think with him being happy at the new pizza station, he has a better attitude.”

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Mike La Susa’s Italian Restaurant (December 4)
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Georgia Boy Cafe (November 20)
Coach Lamp Restaurant & Pub (November 13)
The Windsor 75 (November 6)
Ducky’s Family Restaurant (October 30)
Mama Campisi’s Restaurant (October 23)
Aponte’s Pizzeria (August 25)
Benner Street (July 28)
Hurley’s American Grille (July 21)
Kalico Kitchen (July 14)
Angelo’s (June 23)
Pier West Restaurant (June 16)
Pinehurst Country Lodge (June 9)
Bryan’s Smokehouse (May 26)
Wagon Wheel Family Restaurant (May 19)
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Comments (58)

  1. Joanne says:

    After seeing the episode on Bumbinos my husband and I, decided to visit. The decor was cute and the service friendly. The menu was a bit pricey. Although the food was tasty and hot. The pizza could be a little more seasoned. We would revisit this establishment again.

  2. noname says:

    I think this poor woman should have been allowed to retire, rather than spend all of that money on her baby of a son. Let him grow up and learn to succeed (or fail) on his own.

  3. Andrea says:

    I just watched…and now I'm hungry!

  4. mamas boy says:

    am i the only one who got that there is something going on between terry and cappy?
    i think thats why her son hates him so much.
    i got the feeling every time she talked of him and at the end of the show he mouthed out i love you to her.
    im just saying….

  5. steve says:

    LOL. Everyone except you.

  6. Guest says:

    The restaurant has a stupid name… even if decor and food good, who wants to go to a place named Bumbinos?

  7. rayesgirl says:

    Just got back from Bumbinos, the new menus are there. The décor looks good! When we got there the place was nearly full.. The service was great, friendly and attentive. Had the calamari.. wonderful, tender and flavorful, the Chardonnay was cold and light, -wish I knew who made it… the chicken piccatta was good, the spinach was fresh, the Penne Sausage Calabrese was spicy and flavorful, hot out of the oven. Serving size was more than ample. I listened to other diners there and heard only delicious, wonderful, excellent. Willie made the rounds to see how everyone enjoyed their dinners. Prices are average — to maybe moderate for some– but this is not Pizza Hut or Cici's. And they don't do 'slices' anymore. We will go back and I'm looking forward to it.

  8. Mee says:

    Why did they decorate the restaurant with an Asian theme. Isn't this an Italian restaurant?

  9. foodcritic101 says:

    Bumbino's closed 4 months after Robert was there. She blamed it on everything but herself and her son. C'est le vie.

    • SRG says:

      Funny,I went there several time after the make over,the food awe just fantastic,yah there still seems to have been issues with the people,but man the food was awesome,and the inside of the building was spectacular,sorry they closed.

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