Wednesday, March 27, 2013

All Restaurant Impossible Updates - How Many are Open Vs Closed?

Restaurant Impossible Open Or Closed Updates
As I have promised after the Restaurant Impossible season five finale, I have compiled a list of ALL restaurants that have been on Restaurant Impossible and the status of these restaurants.  In an interview earlier this month with the Atlantic City Blog, Robert Irvine was quoted as saying, (regarding Restaurant Impossible) "We’ve done 69 and I’ve lost seven. The success rate is awesome."

Well, my math is a little different regarding how many have closed, and how many remain open.


I have created a detailed list of which restaurants are open, have closed, or have been sold since they appeared on Restaurant Impossible.  This list will be kept up-to-date and will be updated as more shows air, and as more restaurants close or get sold.

There is a tab at the top of the webpage called "Restaurant Impossible Updates," or here is the direct link to the page.  This page has each episode listed, along with the status of the restaurant and any relevant links.  So head over to there to see the detailed analysis of all Restaurant Impossible restaurants.

As of today's date, 14 of 61 Restaurants Have Closed, 2 Restaurants Have Sold, and 45 of 61 Restaurants Are Still Open.

UPDATE 3/28/2013 - Robert Irvines latest number from Twitter after a question from a follower on how many restaurants from RI have been 'lost':
 








Still off from mine.  If you include the people selling, mine are at 16 of 61.  He is probably including recently filmed episodes that have not aired as successes.

45 comments:

  1. Thanks for all the work you put into this!

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  2. You should send Robert a copy of the list to jog his apparent failing memory!

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  3. Very cool. Love the blog. You should do a subsection for Kitchen Nightmares and Bar Rescue! Ha.

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  4. still a far better track record then Ramsey

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  5. Love the show this garbage about his credentials I don't care he is great and so are his shows

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  6. You know every single one of those restaurants that he goes into is already failing..They are hundreds of thousands of dollars behind in the bills. It is amazing that he has a decent track record. He is at least helping these business owners to stay open a little bit more. so he's helping to keep open three out of the four restaurants he goes into. That is pretty darn good I think.

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  7. So what's your point?

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  8. Does he really do all that in two days ?

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  9. I run a golf course with a nice bar and restaurant. I love this show and your work makes it even better.

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  10. He seems to be very errogant and wander if his wife could kick his butt if he got out of line and who sponsors all this money for reconstruction.

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  11. Why are you so critical of the show? Seems Robert is going to try and help people save their business and all you seem interested in are his failures. Maybe you should try doing what he does for a year and see how business's you save.

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  12. This way better than the team from Hell's Kitchen. The success rate is awful on that show.

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  13. His wife is very pretty. i was just wandring if he was as strict at home as he im on the show. I really enjoy tho oitcome but owning a testaurant is alot of work.

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  14. i want you to come to the oc,s resturant in west yarmouth

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  15. When he first started his career he doctored his resume so much that is why his first show he got let go for the fact that they found out and caught his lies.

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  16. You must not realize that his wife is an actress, Wrestling is all fake as he is only an actor. When he first started his career he doctored his resume so much that is why his first show he got let go for the fact that they found out and caught his lies.

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  17. Joyceann Yaccarino GriggsJune 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    I think that Irvine is wasting his time and talent on the places he chooses. I have yet to read a positive review of one of the restaurants he has helped. He comes in for two days to help a biz with deep systemic problems. It's silly

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  18. It still seems like more fail than succeed, what is the time limit for success/failure? I actually believe that they went from telling the 3-6 month success/failure rate because so many ended failing that they went to a web format counting on people not bothering

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  19. I usually like your shows, But, I will be watching you less. I really dislike you dropping Paul Seen shows. She is real, she is down to earth, as and she made a mistake. You threw her under the b bus. Shame on you. Glad you can float on No Ratings. I hope you feel what you sow.

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  20. I know as of about a week ago, McShane's close their doors and is for sale. They didn't even last year since they received the help from Robert.

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  21. 16 out of 61 failures is still pretty fantastic...considering that you would expect the failure rate to be much higher had Irvine not intervened. Don't hate!!

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  22. I'm really tired of seeing disgustingly filthy kitchens. I know that it makes for dramatic TV but it shows that the owners really do not care about their restaurants. Robert should set a new bottom line and walk away from those places and find owners who do show a modicum of care to help succeed.

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  23. Why are there no health inspections or building code inspection???. Every remodle I've seen had to be inspected.. So.. is the show real???.. I don't think so...

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  24. This is really interesting. It makes the show more meaningful. Thank you ! Greetings from Texas.
    Katherine

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  25. A lot happens off camera - if there is reconstruction that requires re-inspection, they obviously have to (and do) do so before customers can occupy the restaurant.

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  26. there are states that do not do health inspections.

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  27. Robert is a good guy. If you think other wise you are stupid

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  28. Ofc its real. Ive been to a few places he's remodeled in Ohio after seeing them on TV, including the remodeled high school restaurant

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  29. Robert came to San Antonio Texas and was quite friendly, while he was doing the makeover of Mama Lees. He gave my daughter and son in law a tour of the "construction" of the new, of which they were impressed with his warmth and enthusiasm. Took pictures with us, gave out autographs, and improved the food, decor, and family immensely. Many people are unaware that the people seen eating in the evening really are eating, and they have to PAY for their meal. They did run way over in time, due to waiting for kitchen equipment, and people didn't go in til after 9:00. Also, the carpet that was replaced was already there, as I saw it a week before they showed up. He went to Ace restaurant supply and got plates, etc to get them stocked for free. The owner, Ken, a disabled veteran, had very little. I can honestly say, I try to watch every week, as I saw the great job he did for my friend, Ken. Always remember, there will always be a little "behind the scenes, but they do a great job trying to help others. I say Thx to them, they have helped over 1/2, and brought many family and friends back together.

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  30. You can't even spell! Arrogant! Error! Hahaha

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  31. The show is incredible.I just watched an episode from Mama Lee's in San Antonio,Tx,where a 21 yr military vet was in debt,food was terrible,kitchen in shambles,no utensils,the whole magilla.Not only did they fumigate the insect infestation,replace the kitchen flooring and steam clean and repair all their kitchen equipment,Robert took them to a supply wholesaler for utensils,cookware,etc,all outside of the $10k allotted for interior design.Tim & the designer did an unbelievable job on the dining area.I'm a dude and they had me a little foggy eyed after that episode,truly amazing regardless of how much pre work and prep was needed or deadlines that ran over,just an amazing business turnaround,whether they're still open or not,the work that was put in to help was above and beyond.Besides ESPN,MLB,NBA,& NFL TV,this is my fav network and R.I. is recorded ev week..!

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  32. Robert Irvine is the boss!

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  33. The stuff they show in these restaurants as far as being clean just blows my mind, how do they keep from getting shut down, where are the health inspectors? I'm just shocked with the filth in these establishments!!!!

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  34. Astonishing. Gordon Ramsey's show, which this blatantly rips off, has a success rate of under 10%. This show by contrast, appears to have a success rate closer to 2/3. That would suggest that Ramsey is far less successful at advising people than Irving.

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  35. I love this show. It is my favorite. I hope it succeeds for a long time. I would love to see it myself if he comes to Alabama near me. Paul in Pell City.

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  36. Chef Irvine does seem better @ marketing the potential of himself than ensuring what he's currently doing lasts. Chef Ramay displays firmer character to pick businesses that need help but also havs the strength of charcter to make a go of it. Good entertainment all the same, but makes for a lousy retirement hobby.

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  37. where do get your info?

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  38. How is it his fault they close? He's giving these people the gift to keep their restaurants alive with a $10,000 renovation (and they do amazing things with a little bit of money) and teach them how to serve, manage, book keep, and cook!! He has Nothing to do with them closing as far as I am concerned. Just MY opinion :)

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  39. I love robert!!! I watch everything he does. He has helped so many people with their lives. He truly is an inspiration!!!

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  40. Thanks to this blog...enjoy reading the updates. I like Chef Robert, I believe in his formula and how he executes it. The owners of failing restaurants need to hear the truth, and not candy-coated version of it.

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  41. Plus employees and vendors and on and on.. Obuma didn't make this ?????

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  42. What Mr. Irvine does is to give hope to families whose livelyhood depends on the success of the restaurant; he gives families a fresh start, and a future to look forward to; unlike the destruction of assets which belonged to our family by the Kent County Michigan Circuit and Probate Courts-Judge John Vanderwal, Judge Dale Stoppels, Judge David Murkowski, Judge George Boucher, James M MacLachlan,RW Baird, Chris Worfel, Michigan National Bank, William Nichols, Penn Mutual. Joseph Arsolowitz, attorney, Ronald Goodyke, Cascade Twp Clerk, Robert Buchanan, attorney, Neil Weathers, attorney--all of these people collaborated to take assets from our family; I was 37 years of age when this began--I will be 82 years of age on June 28. Roger Plafkin

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  43. Either way, the odds of getting help with him are better than not reaching out for help at all. You can only help someone so much. The rest is on that person, the people around them, and the things that are not in their control. Very interesting compilation of info. Glad to see most of the folks who get help manage to pull things out.

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  44. That isn't quite accurate. Irvine did exaggerate his resume including claiming that he had cooked for the British Royal family (which he had not). The Food Network was afraid of the backlash from viewers so, the 4th season was cut short and Michael Symon was made the host for the 5th season. However, Symon was not as popular, so Irvine was brought back for the 6th season and the show continued to the 8th season in 2011 when Irvine began the new show, Restaurant Impossible. So, it was more of a suspension that a firing. To be honest, the exaggerations were not really a big deal to me since his primary skill was organization and I assume that he learned most of that while cooking in the British Navy.

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