Restaurant Revisited: Take It or Leave It at El Bistro

by in Shows, September 3rd, 2014

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleWhat was supposed to be a welcome challenge quickly turned into a nightmare when Renae Bowens, the owner of El Bistro restaurant in Titusville, Pa., found herself facing significant financial losses. With nowhere left to turn, the single mother looked to Robert Irvine to reinvigorate her eatery, but it was ultimately up to him to reignite Renae’s hunger for the business as well. After two days of renovations on a $10,000 budget, Robert Irvine and his Restaurant: Impossible team reopened El Bistro as Renae’s Corner to a packed house. Read on below to hear from Renae and find out how her restaurant is doing today.

“After the team left, our profit went up about 50 percent,” Renae explains. ” I have been at the restaurant much more, and I have implemented many of the changes suggested to me.”

Renae admits that the updated design at Renae’s Corner has been successful, as “everyone loves it, staff and customers.” She adds, “The community has been very receptive, coming to try the food and bringing friends and family.”

As for sanitation at Renae’s Corner, Renae notes that “the kitchen staff is doing a wonderful job keeping up, and the kitchen is being cleaned every day.” They’ve even begun keeping “a cleaning log” to ensure future maintenance.

“I have maintained my boss status instead of friend status,” says Renae, who adds that she’s “not tolerating people being late or taking too many breaks.” As for her kids, Renae says that they “are proud to be at the restaurant.”

Looking back on her Restaurant: Impossible experience, Renae notes, “I would do it over again any day. I feel like the show gave me a confidence that I was lacking, and I will be forever grateful.”

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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)
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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)
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Comments (177)

  1. Mel says:

    According to an article in today's Titusville Herald, the restaurant has closed

  2. Dewayne says:

    Was a great place to eat

  3. Kosrae says:

    Does anybody know if Renae’s has been closed down?

  4. Jesus H. Christ says:

    Ya'll are just a bunch of HATERS… !!! Murderers !!!

    People do what they have to do – they do what they need to do to survive. SO WHAT that she used to strip – SO WHAT that she's made bad choices – or choices YOU don't agree with. She's not trying to hurt anyone. She's not trying to scam the food network – She's trying to survive through this journey of LIFE.

    We ALL do what we have to – and WE ALL make choices we're not always proud of. Stop judging – you don't know the whole story – I don't know the whole story… this is friggin TV… ENTERTAINMENT … nothing is real – I've had friends on shows who are portrayed completely differently than they really are – because that's how the director wanted you to see things. Ever watch a Michael Moore movie? Great entertainment – but jeesh – ANYONE can spin ANY agenda in ANY situation just by showing you what they want to show you. That's the magick of TV.

    Now give this chick a BREAK and stop the gossip. Stop the negativity. Stop the insensitivity to humankind.

    YOU THINK YOU HAVE A RIGHT???

    It's YOU who are the cancer within what WE ARE. It's YOU that is KILLING mankind through your harsh words and your harsh spirit – spreading your spite and haughtiness.

    No Sin?? Then cast the first stone. Otherwise shut the F**K up.

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