On last night’s episode of “Restaurant: Impossible,” Robert Irvine traveled to Woodstock, Ill. to meet with cousins both named Angelo in this episode titled, “It’s All Greek to Me.”
This forty-year old legacy called Angelo’s Family Restaurant, is in dire need of Robert’s assistance for its enormous menu, outdated interior and an owner who just has given up. Big Angelo, as he is referred to by most is responsible of the restaurant, but only to a certain extent. Little Angelo is also a public defender who puts in as much time as possible to help. Robert found out that there are three owners who add their two-cents in the running of the restaurant, and Big Angelo is overwhelmed at each suggestion they make and feels that they are conspiring against him.
The first thing Robert saw upon entering the place was an ATM machine that was out of money, and the restaurant does not take credit cards. The restaurant is losing $10,000 a month and on the brink of closing the doors.
As the service started, Robert observed how the food was cooked, pancakes and a steak were on the same grill. In the front of the house, he saw everyone eating but one diner who was still waiting for her meal. Big Angelo is disgusted with everyone and everything in the restaurant and after a large disappointment in his staff, he came out to tell the diners that food was on him that day; another loss of revenue.
Big Angelo introduced Robert to his wife, who has been neglected because her husband spends too much time in the restaurant spinning his wheels. When Robert tried the food, he only liked the chicken wrap, the rest was tasteless, overcooked and too salty and as Robert stated tasted like crap. The menu was like a tome with hundreds of items, that needed to be trimmed down. Big Angelo had too many excuses and Robert gave him a reality check.
When Lynn came in the evaluate the restaurant, he and Robert conferred as to how to make it viable again. The entire staff emptied the place and then met with Robert for a summit meeting. Here they found out that Big Angelo should be in charge, but does nothing to remedy the situation. Everyone goes to Little Angelo to get things done. Robert will not accept any more excuses from Big Angelo.
As the restaurant was getting a makeover, Robert helped trim the menu and fix a broken family. Big Angelo did some soul searching after his meeting with Robert. After Robert’s ultimatum, Big Angelo decided to knuckle down and run the restaurant. Robert took him to the local high school to meet with the marching band. As they took their seats on the bleachers, each one held up a card with a menu item that appeared on Angelo’s menu. The bleachers were full and so was the menu. Seeing this was exactly what Angelo needed.
Back in the kitchen, Robert gave Angelo and his chef lessons to make delicious food that was fresh and tasty with a Greek flair.
In the front of the house, a credit card machine was installed, along with a new look. Robert gave a pep talk to the staff and put one woman in charge of the front of the house. Now there is leadership and when the two Angelos saw the new restaurant, the amazement on their faces was astounding. Big Angelo knelt and cried. They now have a service station, and the refurbished counter gave both a thrill all thanks to Robert and his crew of “Restaurant: Impossible.” When the place opened, there was a huge crowd waiting to try it out. Big Angelo had his fire back and knew that after forty years, it just could not fail.
At the end of each show, Robert tells viewers to check his link to see how the restaurant is doing since his visit. Feel free to add your comments, especially if you have visited the restaurant.
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