The latest three restaurants that have closed even after Robert Irvine’s help. His decorating crew spends $10,000 to fix the decor, while Robert helps the owners to get back on track with new menu ideas and staff training. Some restaurants survived only a few months longer after the show, “Restaurant Impossible” aired on the Food Network Channel. Out of 68 restaurants, only 19 have closed their doors forever.
Soup to Nuts
This 1950s themed diner located in Tavares, Florida closed May 14, 2013. The show featuring Soup to Nuts aired on March 17, 2013. An article in the Orlando Sentinel said that Sharon, the restaurant owner, blamed the closing on the “ballooning” mortgage payments and high employee-payroll taxes. She couldn’t afford to keep the doors open any longer.
The episode of the Dinner Bells’ renovation was aired at the end of February. It closed its doors on April 16, 2013. This restaurant was located in Madison, Tennessee. Tommy, the owner, didn’t appreciate Roberts help and several times he wanted to physically hit Robert. he even complained to the local news about his experience doing Restaurant Impossible. The economy and the rising cost of food are the reasons for their closing.
The Whistle Stop
The Whistle Stop located in Hot Springs Arkansas closed in February 2013. The episode to save this diner aired in October 2013. Linda Todd posted her reasons for closing on urbanspoon.
This is what she wrote; “For all you haters of The Whistle Stop Restaurant in Hot Springs …you won’t be able to write ugly reviews anymore cause I (CLOSED) the doors ….I got tired of working 7 days a week, and you didn’t appreciate it…Worthless employees didn’t show up and didn’t bother to call in and they go out and talk about you behind your back….but you know who they call when they are in jail or need money …Maybe you should all go out and put in your own restaurant and then people will complain about you cause nothing you do is ever good enough for people…. you are the biggest whiners in the world….go anywhere in town and see if you can eat good food for 8.00 for lunch and 11.00 for diner. I am glad to close the doors maybe I can have a life just like you do…I can spend time with my kids and grandkids instead of being up there working my A…..off cooking for you while you are enjoying you family, I feel sorry for all you people that only think of yourselves and never anyone else and complain all the time…shame on you for being such unhappy people.”
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