Restaurant Revisited: No Laughing Matter at Uncle Andy’s Diner

by in Shows, August 27th, 2014

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleWhile Robert Irvine is no stranger to unusual and unfortunate scenes after years of Restaurant: Impossible missions, nothing could have prepared him for what he saw when he pulled up to Portland, Maine’s Uncle Andy’s Diner: owner Dennis Fogg dressed in an ape costume with a poster advertising his business. “He’s just trying to get people’s attention,” Tina Fogg, Dennis’ wife and the co-owner, explained to Robert. When Dennis isn’t turning heads at the restaurant, he’s performing as a standup comedian, but as Robert explains of Uncle Andy’s, “I can see that Dennis likes to joke around, but what I see in front of me is no laughing matter.” He had only two days to work and a $10,000 budget to overhaul the interior at the family-run restaurant, rework the eatery’s menu and improve Dennis’ professional demeanor while working. Read on below to hear from Dennis and find out how his business was faring a few months after Robert’s intervention.

“They are, right off the hook, four to five times better than before Restaurant: Impossible,” Dennis says of the financials at Uncle Andy’s. He adds that in order to accommodate larger parties, “We installed booths to increase seating by 15.”

As for his children, Dennis explains, “Andrea is almost finished with her school and will be taking a more active role later,” and Jason “has become a leader in the kitchen.”

Thinking back on what he’s learned throughout this experience, Dennis admits, “My family is stronger than I thought.”

More from Restaurant Revisited:

Country Cow Restaurant and Bar (August 20)
Pomona Golf and Country Club (August 13)
Paul’s Bar & Bowling (August 6)
Marie’s at Ummat Cafe (July 30)
The Fork Diner (July 23)
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)

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Comments (57)

  1. Lee says:

    I ate there or shall i say i tried but the service was not there i sat down and it took more then 10 mins for someone to wait on me ,After taking my order i waited for 50 mins then asked the waitress if my food was done she said i go see and she brought it out and it Cold.i got up and left., i guess they are making cash hands over fists and did not need my cash after all.

    • linda says:

      I do not understand, why after all the help and $ Robert and show spends, how an owner can revert to old wrong ways….. I would never do that after a free fix..

  2. JACKMARBLE says:

    Once again, Irvine shows everyone what it is like to run a restaurant the RIGHT way and how to serve the kind of food that will sell consistently in the demographic of the area. Anyone on here crying about "lobster rolls" in a Maine diner, has OBVIOUSLY never actually been to Maine and eaten at the shore side restaurants. If "Andys" sticks to the plan he gave them, they will stay successful. Simple. I watched a Cajun restaurant fail that Irvine came to San Antonio and "fixed". (very well I might add) They had a chance to make things happen and they changed his additions after he left and the place closed in 3 months… Follow the plan, succeed. Try to create a new way of doing something tried and true, lose…

  3. Sheila says:

    Very sad to hear of the negative comments as was hoping that things were going to be better for Uncle Andys! Thank You Mr .Irvine and Crew for all your hard work-God Bless.

  4. Pete says:

    I live in Portland maine and the owner should do the right thing and SELL IT TO SOMEONE WHO CARES AND KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT RUNNING A RESTAURANT. This owner IS THE WORST in the state of Maine and what an insult to every quality restaurant across Maine. His wife is no better as she and her staff are incredibly lazy and do as little as possible. TO THE OWNER AND HIS WIFE: YOU WASTED ROBERT IRVINES TIME AND TOOK HIS MONEY. PLEASE DO US ALL A FAVOR IN MAINE AND SELL THIS BUSINESS IMMEDIATELY.

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