Restaurant: Impossible is a makeover for restaurant owners hosted by renown chef, Robert Irvine. Robert goes to restaurants that are failing to help them turn their business into a profitable one with the help from his design team and master carpenter. With a budget of $10,000 and two days, they transform tired restaurants with bad food and owners who have lost their way into well-run establishments. Robert pulls no punches and does not hesitate to tell owners the truth, no matter how much it hurts.
This episode brings Robert and his crew to Ridley Township, Pennsylvania to meet with the Mellon family, who are losing their restaurant. Two brothers and one son run the restaurant, but the brother who is the father of the son refuses to let his son know very much about what goes on behind the scenes.
The menu reads like a book and the food is sub par to say the least. The inside of the restaurant is boring and dark and the bar is claustrophobic. So Robert gets everyone to empty out the restaurant and begin the makeover. As they remove the large seats that cover the wall in the waiting room, they find dead mice in traps. The exterminator they have hired told them that they had no rodent problems and the smell was being covered up by air fresheners.
Robert has to work on the family dynamic before fixing the restaurant from wall to wall. Robert used a game to have the staff tell him where the problems lie in the restaurant. They know very well and now the family does too. So Robert gets to work redesigning the menu to bring back a profitable establishment. Robert makes the father read the entire menu, it takes 20 minutes and now he knows that it is much too large. Robert gets to work trimming the menu and has the chef make her meal while Robert makes his. Robert’s wins hands down and his is cheaper and easier to make.
When Robert takes the family inside to see the finished restaurant, they are astonished at the transformation. It looks like a restaurant in Italy. The design team did an awesome job. The line waiting to get in was thrilled to see the new look and the menu was well received with changes that were just what they needed. Robert fixed the restaurant, the menu and the family all thanks to Restaurant: Impossible.