Friday, February 24, 2012


Well, it finally aired.  The Food Network show "Restaurant Impossible" featured a local eatery.  In case you haven't seen it, noted chef Robert Irvine goes in to a failing restaurant.  It gets a two day make-over, with a budget limited to $10,000.

A big part of that ten grand was spent cleaning the kitchen, which was an absolute disaster.  The rest went to spruce up the dining room.

What is it about Italian restaurants?  The decor in most features maps and pictures of Italian landmarks, as if a plate of food covered in tomato sauce and cheese isn't enough to let you know you're dining on Italian fare.

And, I have another question.  Where is the health department?  It was clear the kitchen hadn't been cleaned in years.  There were violations everywhere you looked, and it wasn't just petty stuff.  Don't we do inspections any more?

Our friends down the street reported the restaurant passed inspection one year ago.  Clearly, something's wrong somewhere.

In a newspaper interview, the owner indicated some of what was shown wasn't real.  I know "Restaurant Impossible" is a reality TV show and not a documentary.  Still, how do you fake years of built up grease and filth?

If the producers came in to my business, lied, and tried to show I didn't care about the health and safety of my customers, I would have called the police, had them escort Irvine & Company to the door and told them to sue me.

I should point that another "Restaurant Impossible" subject also complained the producers come in with a script and they stick to it.  He too complained of inaccuracies.

At the end of the episode, the restaurant owners learned the evil of their ways, and I take them at their word.  However, I can't help but wonder about a repeat of the behavior that got them in to trouble in he first place.

I also wonder if they regret asking "Restaurant Impossible" for help.