7.0
123 votes
Restaurant: Impossible

Restaurant: Impossible

Food Network 2011

After combating countless "impossible dinners," Chef Robert Irvine faces a daunting new challenge: save America’s most desperate restaurants from impending failure in just two days with only $10,000. In his new prime-time Food Network series, Restaurant: Impossible, Robert uses creativity and resourcefulness along with a lot of muscle in his fight to rescue these restaurants and give hope to the owners and their employees. Day one of the extreme mission begins with a thorough business assessment as Robert launches the restaurant into full service, closely observes the staff and kitchen, and determines their weakest spots. Then, he springs into action by updating the menu, retraining the staff and implementing aesthetic changes with the help of his design team. To ensure a packed house for the grand re-opening at the end of day two, Robert hits the streets to tell the community about the improved restaurant. Will the ruthless schedule, tight budget and ambitious task overcome Robert’s lofty goals, or will this tall order result in restaurant triumph?

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The 10 Best Episodes of Restaurant: Impossible

Restaurant: Impossible - S2E15

#1 - St. James Soup Kitchen

8.83

Season 2 - Episode 15

Chef Robert Irvine's overhaul of The St. James Soup Kitchen in Newark, NJ is his biggest challenge to date. Can he and his team renovate a dilapidated, fire-ravaged kitchen and dining room for $10,000 in only two days? 31,000 hungry people are counting on him.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Restaurant: Impossible from 6 votes.

Restaurant: Impossible - S16E9

#2 - Cajun Seafood Crisis

8.68

Season 16 - Episode 9

The Balcony restaurant in Larose, La., is one of the oldest Cajun seafood restaurants in the bayou. The owner has worked there for 28 years, but her friendly relationship with the employees has cost her their respect. Now, Chef Robert Irvine needs her to become the boss she's never been, or she'll lose everything she's worked for.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Restaurant: Impossible from 22 votes.

Restaurant: Impossible - S2E18

#3 - Hoffman's Bistro

8.67

Season 2 - Episode 18

Chef Robert Irvine's intervention of Hoffman's Bistro and Patisserie in Santa Cruz, Calif., couldn't come soon enough. The 10-year-old venture is more than $2 million in debt, and the stress on the family-run business has resulted in a tense and uncomfortable environment for employees and customers alike. Chef Robert's drastic plan to completely overhaul the restaurant is needed to save the business, but with only two days and $10,000, will they be able to reopen without alienating customers and tearing the family apart?

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Restaurant: Impossible from 9 votes.

Restaurant: Impossible - S16E6

#4 - Out with the Old, In with the New

8.53

Season 16 - Episode 6

At Carmine's Chianti Cow in Port Jervis, N.Y., Chef Robert Irvine meets an owner whose identity crisis is threatening his restaurant. Stuck in a rut serving the same food as the previous owner, Chef Keith needs a wake-up call or this potential small-town gem is doomed to close.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Restaurant: Impossible from 19 votes.

Restaurant: Impossible - S9E10

#5 - Drama at Momma's

8.43

Season 9 - Episode 10

Robert deals with feuding sisters at "Mamma Lucrezia's" in Bellefonte, Pa., which despite excellent food coming from the kitchen, is losing $1000s a month and faces competition from a nearby Italian restaurant, owned by their brother.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Restaurant: Impossible from 7 votes.

#6 - Military: Impossible
8.42
Season 9 - Episode 9

Robert travels to Fort Bragg, N.C., on a mission to breath new life into the Green Beret Club, one of the only full-service restaurants on the post. Among the challenges he faces is finding a way to keep tradition alive while making some necessary changes.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Restaurant: Impossible from 12 votes.

#7 - Cleaning Up in Mississippi
8.36
Season 16 - Episode 2

Chef Robert Irvine has his work cut out for him when he arrives in Ridgeland, Miss. Rossini's Cucina Italiana is absolutely filthy, and even worse, owners Lori and Toni seem to have given up. Robert has to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty in order to clean up this small-town restaurant.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Restaurant: Impossible from 25 votes.

#8 - Saving a Piece of History
8.35
Season 16 - Episode 7

Robert Irvine tries to save a piece of history in Garrettsville, Ohio, by rescuing a restaurant in a 200-year-old mill. Shelli, the owner of Garrett's Mill Brewing Co., is in over her head after her husband had to return to his trucking job to keep the business afloat. They have a $500,000 payment coming due, and the historic mill is just months away from grinding to a halt.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Restaurant: Impossible from 20 votes.

#9 - Help Is On the Way
8.34
Season 16 - Episode 3

Chef Robert Irvine is in Akron, Ohio, to save Edgar's Restaurant. Fixing a restaurant in only two days is impossible enough, but when Glenn, the restaurant's owner, is less than honest with Robert, it creates a whole new set of problems. If Robert can't figure out what makes Glenn tick, this restaurant has no chance.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Restaurant: Impossible from 35 votes.

#10 - Old Habits Die Hard
8.32
Season 16 - Episode 4

At Perella's Ristorante in Warren, R.I., Chef Robert Irvine meets an owner whose stubbornness is holding back his restaurant. Lou hasn't updated the menu, the decor or his opinions since the restaurant opened 25 years ago, and he may lose his restaurant and his legacy if Robert can't convince him to change his ways.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Restaurant: Impossible from 28 votes.

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