Restaurant impossible

Just as the restaurant wasn't not allowed to make any comments until the show had aired on the food network channel, I was asked as well not to write any hubs about this once in a lifetime opportunity until the episode was finally shown to the world on national television. Well guess what, the show aired in May and been seen by countless devoted people across the country who are fanatics when it comes to watching cooking shows. I'm not one of these people, but in my household I'm subjected to cooking shows like the "Iron Chef" night and day. So now that it's been seen, I just couldn't resist writing a hub about the entire experience.

It all started back in the cold rainy month of February. Filming took place for the show on February 29th (yes leap day), and on March 1st 2012. I drove by the restaurant everyday while this was going on, and I had no idea what was happening inside of the restaurant at the time. There were vehicles everywhere, and white tents with windows on them lined up in the parking lot. There were even television cameras being sheltered by umbrellas, but what was actually happening there was a mystery, and kept secret from the general public. We all knew something special must have been happening, but a few days past by before we were made aware.

We then learned that Robert Irvine was filming one of his restaurant impossible episodes at this particular restaurant. The entire show was about turning around a local restaurant with just $10,000 in renovations in a mere two days. The whole idea, and project is phenomenal to say the very least. Robert Irvine travels to restaurants across the country working to prevent these small businesses from closing their doors. The restaurants themselves don't need to do anything to prepare for the show. This entire idea is very commendable.

Now I didn't attend the grand reopening night of this restaurant, but I know plenty of people in person who did. This night was certainly not intended for those who were in a particular hurry. The line outside of the restaurant was long, and the weather was very cold that night. A friend of mine said that they waited well over two hours to even get inside the restaurant. Once inside the wait continued, but at least they could warm up a little bit. They said the food that night, once it was delivered was cold, and they all could hear Chef Robert Irvine yelling back in the kitchen. However they said that they never saw Robert Irvine. Really when you come right down to it the whole point of even being there on that one particular night, is just so a person can have bragging rights, and be able to say - "I was there that night". And if that's what you want to do then all of the power to you.

I on the other hand chose to wait until the next day, and got carry out. I simply got a burger and fries. Now I'm no food critic, But I do know what taste good. The burger tasted good, and the fries were excellent. However I don't know if I'd go out of my way to make a long trip for the food. According to the "True TV" website, business at this restaurant has picked up 15%, and I can vouch for that because there's definitely more cars in the parking lot when I drive by. Another thing that's there now every time I drive by is this massive mural on the side of the restaurant. It completely looks different when you are looking at it as you are driving by on the road. I think if I would have had something to do with it, I may have done a little something different. Like maybe not cutting off a portion of the man's body with an existing window. But this is artwork, and we all have to respect what the artist see in their eyes.

I know that this may not seem like such a big deal to everyone out there, but how often does someone get to see something like this evolve in front of them. The food was really good, and plus I had another excuse to write a hub.

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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

This IS a big deal. I would have written about it in a heartbeat if it had occurred in my hometown. Great hub and I found it extremely interestesting. Great to get a different perspective.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

You have written a good write up for this restaurant. I can barley make out the name on the building, Joyce.

Vote up useful and insteresting.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Interesting Hub...what Fun for the Town to also get the recognition. And it was good to read that the food (the next day) was pretty good...Some people just have to be there, to say they were, I guess that's what makes the world go round. Thanks for sharing.


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

" Tastely " done hub..couldn't resist the pun..interesting take on your view of what took place and how some people just have to "be there"..to be part of the hoop-la..I guess to each his own..thanks for sharing..


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etower036 4 years ago from Helana

Great hub, and thank you for posting it. I remember seeing this episode on tv, and was so impressed on what they did with this place. Using the local college art department to transform the front of the place was a great idea. (Other then free labor)

I was very impressed with what they did inside the building, and to the menu. OMG I loved the fact that they took the idea of fresh fish, and made it the main High light of the menu, rather then the frozen fish. All in all great hub. Look forward to reading more of your work.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I watch this show weekly and it is amazing how he transforms restaurants within a couple of days. I would love to see him in action. I bet the burger was the best! Enjoyed this hub very much.


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mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

This is great...I watch this show whenever I can along with Diners, drive-ins and Dives...I think it is great to experience an event like this in your town...I would have done the same as you (wait until the next day to order food)...We actually have visited 2 places that Guy Fieri filmed for his show and I would do the same for Robert Irving...cheers and thanks


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garage-remotes 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

I'm completely addicted to this show; understand your reaction completely!


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Goody5 3 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living Author

After seven months now I'll give you an end of year update on this Restaurant impossible episode. The $6.95 lunch buffet that Robert Irvine told them to get rid of because it wasn't holding a safe temperature is back in action, and the food has been reported to be mundane. Maybe Robert Irvine needs to come back.


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TheHoleStory 3 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

I've recently driven by this very restaurant, and the mural has now been completely painted over, and the side of the building is now all a tan color just like the lower back ground had been painted. The parking lot was empty, and there was also a sign up in the door, over the forth of July weekend stating that they were closed and on vacation. Robert Irvine may not have been able to save this restaurant!


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etower036 3 years ago from Helana

So sad that these people that get the help that they wanted, goes against what help they received, and decide they know best after all. These "Celebrity" Chefs are where they are today not because they are on tv, but they are successful. But its human nature to think we know more then the experts. So sad. This restaurant could have taken the 4th of July and made something incredible. Example, a Parking lot bbq with hamburgers and Hot dogs, maybe some bbq chicken. They also could have the saladbar with some great salads, and seating inside. And to paint over art work that some of the student did, is like a slap in the face to their artistry. Well Their loss.


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TheHoleStory 3 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

I completely agree with you etower036. I wonder how all of those college students who denoted their hard work and time painting that massive mural on those very cold rainy days will feel when they see that their art work is forever painted over and gone for all to see. I actually discovered that the restaurant closed for the holidays purely out of curiosity to read the sign on the door as I drove through the vacant parking lot.


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possum lover 3 years ago from the backwoods just to the North of South Carolina

I saw this episode of Restaurant Impossible, and I remember very well when Robert Irvine went to the local university which was located near the restaurant to recruit those art students to paint their mural on the side of the restaurant. With the restaurant owners painting over the mural they not only ostracized those who donated their work & time to paint their art work on the restaurant, but they may very well have ostracized other college students from the same college and lost their business as well. I hope those restaurant owners enjoyed their vacation!


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TheHoleStory 3 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

Since I started this new discussion on this famous Restaurant Impossible episode, I did an investigation, and this is what I discovered. The restaurant itself has been closed for a while, and one of the reasons cited by a gas station attendant from across the street was the restaurant was simply too fancy for the area. The building itself is still owned by the the original people, however the building has been rented out to other folks, and will now be a pizza restaurant. The original restaurant "The University Grill" didn't even make it one full year after all of Robert Irvine's hard work. They still could have left the student's art work on the wall, and made it work for the pizza joint!

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