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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 - S16E9

#1 - Cajun Seafood Crisis


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 from 26 votes.

Restaurant: Impossible - S19E7

#2 - Big Trouble in Tennessee


Season 19 - Episode 7

Big Tom's Backyard Grill and Bar in Cleveland, Tenn., has turned from a dream into a nightmare, and it's costing owners Tom and Sabrina their marriage. With Tom on the brink of another heart attack, Robert Irvine has 48 hours to help him change his ways so he can be the husband and leader that the restaurant needs to survive.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.

Restaurant: Impossible - S16E6

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


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 from 23 votes.

Restaurant: Impossible - S9E9

#4 - Military: Impossible


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 from 12 votes.

Restaurant: Impossible - S17E3

#5 - Back on Track in Glendora


Season 17 - Episode 3

Robert Irvine heads to T. Phillip's Alehouse and Grill in Glendora, Calif., and finds a restaurant that looks more like a dive bar. The owner, Jen, can't stand up for herself and everyone walks all over her. Robert must find a way to break down Jen's walls in order to build her, and the restaurant, back up.

The episode was rated from 22 votes.

Restaurant: Impossible - S16E7
#6 - Saving a Piece of History
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 from 23 votes.
Restaurant: Impossible - S18E11
#7 - Friends in Need
Season 18 - Episode 11

Robert Irvine arrives at Dunbar's Creole Cuisine in New Orleans to find a restaurant full of history but in dire need of his help. The livelihood of two families depends on the success of this legacy restaurant, and with no systems in place, no set roles and the restaurant matriarch refusing to change, Robert has his work cut out for him.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
Restaurant: Impossible - S16E4
#8 - Old Habits Die Hard
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 from 29 votes.
Restaurant: Impossible - S16E3
#9 - Help Is On the Way
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 from 38 votes.
Restaurant: Impossible - S19E5
#10 - Restoring a Reputation
Season 19 - Episode 5

At Deraney's Two City Tavern in small-town Barnesville, Ga., owner Christopher is losing his family home, his restaurant and his reputation. Robert Irvine must help him understand his business, change his work ethic and make amends to his staff and community in order to save his restaurant.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.

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