Restaurant Revisited: Fork in the Road at The Fork Diner

by in Shows, July 23rd, 2014

Restaurant: ImpossibleEven from Robert Irvine‘s first steps inside The Fork Diner in Calhoun, Ga., it was clear that this mission was going to be like none other. Although Robert usually meets with owners before trying an eatery’s food, this time he sat down and immediately ordered from the menu, only talking to partners Gray Bridges and Michael and Diana Forster afterward. Michael revealed that The Fork Diner was losing nearly $12,000 every month, and soon Robert posed an important question to Gray, who’s been the lead funder of the restaurant: Would she continue working at the restaurant or walk away and turn over the business to the husband-and-wife team of Michael and Diana? Gray ultimately revealed that she’d be leaving once filming ended, explaining, “There’s things more important than money and more important than my passion for that restaurant.” Nevertheless, Robert and his Restaurant: Impossible team continued with their overhaul of The Fork’s disappointing menu and lackluster decor, and they reopened the restaurant to a packed house. Read on below to hear from Diana a few weeks after her business relaunched to learn about Gray’s involvement since taping and how the restaurant is faring today.

“Gray has finally decided to leave and turn things over to us after months of seesawing,” Diana notes. There have been a few other changes in staff, she notes, including a few servers who are no longer working at The Fork. “I did not know how bad they were till they were gone and I got customer feedback. When I was around they were pretty good.”

In terms of the menu at the restaurant, Diana explains that it’s now a mix of Robert’s list of offerings plus some of their original dishes. “People are happier with the additions,” she says, adding, “Shrimp and grits [are the] absolute favorite. Burger and pot roast come next.”

More from Restaurant Revisited:

Portu-Greek Cafe (June 11)
Grace’s Place Bagels and Deli (June 4)
Bama Q (May 28)
Cave Inn BBQ (May 21)
Bumbinos Italian Ristorante (April 30)
Bryant’s Seafood World (April 23)
Urban Roots (April 9)
gratifi kitchen + bar (April 2)
Mama Della’s N.Y. City Pizzeria (March 26)
Pasión Latin Fusion (March 19)
Tootie’s Texas BBQ (March 12)
Mill Creek BBQ Restaurant (March 5)
Estrada’s Restaurant (February 5)
Hillbillies Restaurant (January 29)
Spunky Monkey Bar and Grill (January 15)
Heather’s Country Kitchen (January 1)
Goombazz Big City Eatzz (December 18)
LBI Pancake House (December 8)
Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company (December 8)
Mike La Susa’s Italian Restaurant (December 4)
Seven (November 27)
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)

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Comments (71)

  1. Laura says:

    This show is probably like all other "reality" shows. I don't believe it's possible to show up and in two days and only ten thousand dollars work such magic. There is more going on behind the scenes than anyone will admit. Thevshow is so fake and scripted as they all are.

    • Timothy says:

      They have been closed for at least two weeks, perhaps longer. Robert didn't dig and find the real problem they had there. Michael did real good at keeping the real problem hid. Hi personality was the biggest part of the problem. I've never seen the man crack a smile. I have known them outside the restaurant for some time but have only ate there once (at their previous location.) Nobody seemed to care we were there. Mike stood over near the kitchen area and watched TV when not cooking. To build repeat business, he should have been out cruising the dining room, making folks feel welcome. Although even then the food wasn't anything to write home about.

  2. Kate says:

    They've all given up on it, and The Fork has permanently closed. Great concept, poor execution. Sad to see it fail.

  3. Island Walker says:

    Not surprised by the outcome on this one. Lonely, bored woman with too much money and too much time buys friendships with lazy scam artists and other losers. DUH!

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