“Restaurant: Impossible” is a restaurant makeover hosted by world-renowned chef, Robert Irvine. Robert visits restaurants ready to close, to help them turn their business into a profitable one. With the help from his design team and master carpenter, a budget of $10,000 and two days, they transform sad restaurants with bad food and owners who have lost their way into almost new businesses. Robert pulls no punches and does not hesitate to tell owners the truth, no matter how much it hurts.
Tonight’s episode brings Robert and his crew are in Lake City, Minnesota to meet with Tracy and Erik Brunkow, the owners of the restaurant for eleven years. The last two years have been downhill. Erik is the line cook, bill payer, and just about everything else in the restaurant. Tracy is a teacher and mother of three small children to raise and both, she and Erik rarely talk. They are deep in debt, and at this time see no way out.
Robert wants to see a service, and he oversees a lunch service. The diners are not happy with the freezer-burned frozen food. Robert stands in the middle of the restaurant and asks the customers if they would return there to eat again, and nobody replies. When he goes into the kitchen, everything except the tomatoes and burgers is frozen. Usually Robert tastes the food, but passes because he does not want to eat frozen food.
Robert hopes to fix the marriage of two people who rarely talk, their kids need both parents. Tanyia comes into the restaurant to survey the place with Robert. He is going to meet with the staff to find out what they think of each other. The criticism ranges from no leadership to cranky and lazy people. Each server has something negative to say about the other, including Tracy and Erik.
Robert met with the couple after they spent the evening together with their children. He showed them their storeroom that was holding almost $1000 in stuff sitting on the shelf because it was over ordered. He took all the frozen food in his storage freezer and told him how he could use fresh and save a lot of money. Now Erik is getting some enthusiasm for his business.
Tracy’s father was a great part of the restaurant and when he died two years ago, the spark was removed from the place. Knowing that he was a fireman, Tanyia made a wall dedicated to him, with fire equipment and pictures and a ladder motif around the restaurant’s interior.
When they first saw the new place, they were thrilled. When they saw the pictures of Tracy’s dad, they both were brought to tears.
The crowd outside was anxious to try the new fresh menu. Customers loved the food. Friends of her father were happy to see the tribute wall. The food was awesome, and the people of Lake City, Minnesota had a great new place to eat, all thanks to Robert and his crew of “Restaurant: Impossible.”