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Restaurant: Impossible

Specials 2012 - 2020

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  • 2012-08-23T01:00:00Z on Food Network
  • 43 mins
  • 1 day, 18 mins (34 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
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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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34 episodes

Special 1 Behind the Impossible

  • 2012-08-23T01:00:00Z — 43 mins

Restaurant: Impossible is celebrating its 50th episode with an in-depth look at what it takes to make "Restaurant: Impossible" possible. Over the course of 49 missions, millions of viewers have tuned in to Food Network to watch the drama unfold as Chef Robert Irvine combats the issues and the people who are stuck in failing restaurants. This episode will unveil never-before-seen footage, including some of Robert's and his team's favorite, funniest and most frustrating moments. In addition, Robert will revisit several of his toughest restaurants to get updates on how they are doing today.

When he's not rescuing a restaurant, Restaurant: Impossible's host Robert Irvine is busy planning the wedding of a lifetime: his own. And you're invited! This first-time departure for Food Network gives viewers an intimate look into the personal life of their star chef Robert Irvine as he gets ready to marry wrestling star and entertainer Gail Kim. Featuring some of the biggest names in food and set against one of the most magnificent backdrops in the country, Napa Valley, Robert will introduce us to his family, his friends and allow us to be a part of one of the most important moments of his life.

Chef Robert goes to Joplin, Mo., a town devastated by the worst tornado in recent history, where he has $30,000 and 3 days to transform the Boys and Girls Club and create a thank-you dinner for 1,000 volunteers.

This is Chef Robert's biggest mission yet as he and his team are heading to the Jersey Shore to transform not one, but two, locations that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. With three days and $50,000 for the makeovers, Robert and his team will work to restore the LBI Pancake House to its former glory, and give the dedicated first responders of the Ship Bottom Fire Company a much deserved "thank you."

Special 5 Gross, Grosser, Grossest

  • 2014-10-21T01:00:00Z — 43 mins

Over the course of nine seasons on Restaurant: Impossible, Chef Robert Irvine has encountered some of the grossest restaurants in the country. From the dirty and smelly, to the calls to exterminators and professional cleaners to even the need for hazmat suits, Robert counts down the grossest places he and his team have transformed into clean, beautiful hot spots.

Special 6 Worst of the Worst

  • 2014-10-28T01:00:00Z — 43 mins

Join Chef Robert Irvine as he counts down his top ten worst of the worst from nine seasons of Restaurant: Impossible including; going head-to-head with the worst owner, trying to clean-up the worst clutter, fixing the most difficult family issues and attempting to eat the worst food. With surprises around every corner and restaurants you wish you could've forgotten about — which will Robert deem the absolute worst of the worst?

Robert Irvine takes on his biggest challenge yet! He's headed to the Double H Ranch, a 320-acre camp in the Adirondack Mountains of New York for kids with serious or life-threatening illnesses, where, in just three days, he will makeover the single largest space he's ever done. It's an enormous undertaking, but, for these kids, Robert's willing to take on the impossible!

Special 8 Biggest Blowups

  • 2014-12-30T02:00:00Z — 43 mins

Chef Robert Irvine has come across some really tough restaurant owners and staff but in this special episode, he will count down his top 10 biggest blowups ... from owners who just plain want him to leave to the biggest emotional meltdowns and most intense family drama — you won't want to miss seeing all of your favorite explosive moments compiled in one place.

Special 9 Fitness: Impossible

  • 2015-01-08T02:00:00Z — 42 mins

Even with his "Impossible" schedule, Chef Robert Irvine always finds time to focus on his passion for health and fitness. Now, Robert is taking on his next mission — motivating America. Robert is tackling as many of his fans' health-related questions and concerns as he can before he needs to leave to save another failing restaurant.

Special 10 Top 10 Turnarounds

  • 2015-01-22T02:00:00Z — 43 mins

Over the course of 10 seasons of Restaurant: Impossible, Chef Robert Irvine has walked into some of the worst conditions imaginable and what he has been able to fix and transform over the course of two days and with $10,000 has been next to impossible. In this special, Chef Robert will count down the top 10 biggest transformations he has experienced — from owners' attitudes to no-longer disgusting decor! Hold onto your hats while Chef Robert takes you on a journey that may even transform you! (Episode: ILSP09ZH)

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/restaurant-impossible/specials/top-10-turnarounds.html?oc=linkback

For the holidays, Chef Robert Irvine is heading west to Jackson Hole, Wyo. to visit the City Kids Wilderness Project, a camp in the heart of the Grand Teton Mountains that welcomes at-risk teens from the inner city of Washington, D.C. Robert's giving back by redoing three of their spaces in just three days, updating their 25-year old facilities that are full of broken equipment, disorganization, and under-utilized space. As Robert get to know the campers, he is inspired to add more special surprises and a cook a huge barbecue with help from chef Stephanie Izard.

Special 12 Best Ambushes Ever

  • 2016-04-07T01:00:00Z — 42 mins

When Chef Robert Irvine surprises unsuspecting restaurant owners and announces he's there to save their failing business, anything can happen. With no time to prepare for his arrival, these owners often have very honest reactions, from shock to happiness to anger. Robert revisits some of these memorable ambushes, including Lake Arrowhead Sports Grill, Cape Horn Family Restaurant and La Casa Bianca. Plus, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how the surprise takeovers are set up and executed, and what went wrong along the way!

Special 13 Most Extreme Makeovers

  • 2019-04-28T01:00:00Z — 43 mins

In the top 10 most extreme makeovers ever accomplished on Restaurant: Impossible, Chef Robert Irvine helps an Air Force vet's restaurant soar to new heights and faces off with an owner in need of a major attitude adjustment. Robert gets to the root of restaurant tension that may cost the owners their marriage and more.

Robert Irvine revisits Dodge City Steakhouse in Harrisburg, Penn., to see if the owner is delegating responsibilities or trying to do everything on his own like he did when Robert came to his aid in 2011. The owner dedicated his life to the restaurant, and it was all he had. Robert hopes to find that, with more family involved in the business, he has been able to get out of $600,000 in debt and no longer carries all the weight on his shoulders.

Special 15 Revisited: One-Woman Show

  • 2019-07-28T01:00:00Z — 43 mins

Robert Irvine heads back to Campton, N.H., to check in on The Country Cow Restaurant and Bar. In 2014, he helped the two owners navigate through a chaotic situation that led to a shocking resolution. Now Robert wants to see if the current owner has been able to sink or swim on her own.

In 2012, Robert met the couple who owned Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant in Lebanon, N.H. They were deeply in debt after opening and closing several unsuccessful Mexican restaurants, and Robert helped them regain their confidence in the kitchen. Now he's back to see if his lessons are still making an impact.

Robert Irvine heads to San Diego to revisit The Trails Eatery, a family-owned cafe that he helped in 2011. With no obvious problems, Robert had to unravel the cafe's financial issues. Now he hopes to find that they made the long-term changes needed to be successful.

Robert Irvine heads back to Off Street Cafe in Cerritos, Calif. During his first visit in 2011, one of the restaurant's owners, Rose, was ready to retire, but her partner, Robin, wasn't stepping up as the leader the restaurant needed. With an unruly and unfriendly staff, Robin was in over her head, and Robert gave her a crash course in running the business. Now he hopes that she has continued to lead her staff to success.

Robert Irvine goes back to Sapori D'Italia in Fountain Hills, Ariz. In 2012, Robert saved the restaurant's owners, the Manno family, from being ripped apart by crushing debt and a dysfunctional staff. Now he wants to know if they've been able to run the restaurant together or if the pressure has become too much.

In 2015, Robert Irvine made a man's dream come true by remodeling his failing Italian restaurant and retooling his menu. Now Robert heads back to Tornatore's Pizzeria in Orlando, Fla., to see if the owner has managed to keep his restaurant afloat.

Robert Irvine returns to Fishkill, N.Y., and Joe Willy's Seafood House, a family-owned seafood restaurant from 2013. Faced with a hot-tempered owner pushing his wife to the brink, Robert had to renovate both a rundown restaurant and a strained marriage. Now he's back to find out if they were able to recommit to being equal partners in business and in life.

Special 22 Most Extreme Moments

  • 2019-12-27T02:00:00Z — 43 mins

Chef Robert Irvine has tackled some of the most extreme kitchen disasters in the country. He's seen it all, from impossible owners to culinary catastrophes. Take a look back at some of his most extreme and outrageous moments.

It was no joke in 2014 when Robert Irvine first visited Uncle Andy's Diner in Portland, Maine, and learned that owners Dennis and Tina couldn't even pay themselves. Their four children also worked at the restaurant, and the couple had to take a second jobs to make ends meet. With Dennis, a comic, seemingly enjoying comedy more than the restaurant business, Robert wondered not only if the restaurant would succeed but also who would run it. Now, Robert is back to see who stepped up to manage the diner, whether it's making money and if customers are finally smiling because of the food and not Dennis' hijinks.

Robert Irvine returns to Bradenton, Fla., to follow up on Theresa's Restaurant. Four years ago, he ambushed the restaurant's controlling owner, Jodi. He helped pull Theresa's out of a longtime rut and taught Jodi some management techniques that allowed her to step back and trust her family and her employees to take the reins. Now Robert is stopping in to see whether Jodi has returned to her controlling ways or Theresa's is still on the right track.

Special 25 Revisited: Ruffled Feathers

  • 2020-01-17T02:00:00Z — 43 mins

In 2012, Robert Irvine met his match in one of the owners of Woody's Tupelo Steakhouse in Mississippi. She didn't like what he had to say about her business, which once catered to celebrities like Elvis Presley. With $500,000 of debt and everything they owned on the line, however, Robert forced the mother-daughter owners to take a hard look in the mirror before starting over. Now, Robert is back to see if they were able to keep the business going and their staff in line.

Robert Irvine heads back to Padre Rita Grill on South Padre Island, Texas, where he met owners Michael and Cathy in 2014. He wants to see if the kitchen finally has strong management and if leadership has been restored. He also braces himself to reconnect with one of the feistiest owners in Restaurant: Impossible history.

Robert Irvine returns to De Rican Chef in Virginia Beach, Va., where three years ago he found a family in crisis following a tragic death. Owner Raquel had lost her passion for cooking, her son Ruben was lashing out at the employees, and her daughter Tamara was reaching out for Robert's intervention. As Robert returns, he explores whether the family has managed to pull together or if they and their restaurant collapsed under the stress.

Robert Irvine returns to Sunrise, Fla., to check on the unique challenge of Gigi's Music Cafe, a combined restaurant and music venue. The inexperienced owner couldn't see the burden she was putting on her daughter, who managed the day-to-day business, and Robert had to show them that their business was sinking -- literally -- before they were willing to accept any changes. When he returns, Robert finds out if his lessons sunk in or if the business went under.

Special 29 Revisited: Family Matters

  • 2020-02-14T02:00:00Z — 43 mins

Robert Irvine revisits So Natural Organic Restaurant and Market in Harker Heights, Texas, where he met a family of seven all working nonstop to keep things afloat in 2016. It was so important for the owners to leave the legacy of the business for their kids that they didn't notice their family was slipping away. Robert reminded them what really matters in life, and now he heads back to check on the family's priorities and the state of their personal and work lives.

Robert Irvine travels to Murphys, Calif., to check up on breakfast-and-lunch diner Hillbillies Restaurant. On his last visit, Robert found a tacky, messy restaurant, a defiant and lazy staff and owner Jamie at her wits' end. After pouring her life savings -- and her mother's -- into the place, it was losing money fast. Robert pays the restaurant another visit to find out whether Jamie is running things successfully.

Special 31 Revisited: For the Troops

  • 2020-03-13T01:00:00Z — 43 mins

Robert Irvine heads back to Fort Bragg, N.C., to check in on a restaurant that, given his own military background, was a personal mission for him in 2014. Battling a manager who couldn't let go of control was an uphill battle, but everyone involved got some perspective when Robert reminded them who and what this restaurant stood for: the people who serve and protect the country and its citizens. Robert returns to find out if the Smoke Bomb Grille, formerly the Green Beret Club, is still a relaxing place for those living on base.

Robert Irvine checks in with the Restaurant: Impossible family to see how restaurants across the country are faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, he is on a global quest to uncover the mysteries and unbelievable stories behind chocolate and truffles.

Robert Irvine and his wife, Gail, watch the very first episode of Restaurant: Impossible. Then, he investigates the history of two common ingredients found in every pantry: salt and cinnamon.

Robert Irvine returns to Paterson, N.J., to check on one of his most-unique renovations, Paul's Bar and Bowling. When Robert first visited Paul's in 2014, the family business hadn't been updated in decades. With the building falling apart and the owner stuck in a different era, Robert and his team had to make up for a lot of lost time. Now he's back to see if Paul has been able to keep up the improvements and ensure success for years to come.

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