On tonight’s episode of “Restaurant: Impossible,” Robert Irvine traveled to Lufkin, Texas to meet with Lynn Bryan, owner of “Bryan’s Smokehouse” in this episode titled, “In the Pits.”
Robert met with Lynn and found out that her trust in her employees has been her downfall. Three years when she was burnt out, she let the employees handle the business, and it is running into the ground. Now there are several barbeque restaurants in the area and that adds to the problem. Her husband has a full-time job and does not even know how desperate the situation has become.
Robert saw the barbeque pit and found out that she was using the wrong kind of wood, in her smoker and saw the service was abhorrent. As customers were waiting for their food, the wait staff was clueless and when people finally received their food, it was cold or full of grease.
Now another problem came up during the service; they ran out of ribs. A barbeque place running out of ribs is a mortal sin. Robert decided to have the waitress just bring her a variety of their fare. Lo and behold, they found ribs. Lynn just has no clue how to run a restaurant.
Cheryl, Robert’s designer came in to find the dismal place that seems more like a museum than a restaurant. As they emptied the place, it started looking a bit better.
Robert brought in a BBQ judge, to test the local food and Bryan’s to see what was better. This judge knew what was good and what was not. Lynn got to try the food along with the judge. There were six different restaurants, and Lynn did not even know which one was hers. Then Robert brought in the pecan and cherry woods to change up her recipe from the hickory wood she had been using. They lowered the heat on the smoker and cooked a bit longer.
Robert gave Lynn a tough homework assignment, to see why she allowed the restaurant to continue to run itself into the ground. He told her that she had to confess to her husband about the debt she was in.
When Robert came in on day two, it had rained the night before and put the crew back in time. Robert decided to make it a quick service restaurant. Customers order their food and pay, get their utensils and drinks, then their food is brought to them. This will cut down on wait staff and help with the bottom line.
After the ribs were cooked Robert’s way, the judge came back to retry the ribs and gave it a nine out of ten, prior to that her ribs were a four. Now people will want to eat those ribs. Robert took the bull that was an advertising focal point at the restaurant until he was hit by Hurricane Katrina. Now he will be a permanent attraction inside the restaurant.
When Lynn and her husband Tommy looked at the brand-new interior, they were astonished. She has a new lease on life, understands that she cannot be a mother to her employees and is learning how to manage it properly.
The lines of people were as far as the eye could see and the food was exceptional, thanks to Robert and his crew of “Restaurant: Impossible.”
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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