Restaurant Impossible Updates

Here is where I will keep updated statistics of the restaurants that have appeared on Restaurant Impossible.  This will be continually updated, so feel free to bookmark it and share it with others.

There are relevant links to the updates from this site, as well as links to reasons why restaurants have closed or have sold their restaurants.

I have kept comments available on this page, so if you see anything I may have missed or have any updates regarding a restaurant status, feel free to leave a comment.  If you just have a general comment about a specific episode, please leave that comment in the episode update on the site.


Running Total Of Episodes That Have Aired - 54 of 111 Restaurants Have Closed, 5 Restaurants Have Sold, and 52 of 111 Restaurants Are Still Open with the same owners.

Season Nine (2014) - 11 of 13 Restaurants Open, 1 Restaurant Sold, 1 of 13 Restaurants Closed
Episode Restaurant City Status Comments
13 Papa C's Eastside CafeFairport, NY Open Still open with mostly negative reviews as recent as 11/2014. A lot of complaints about service.  Full Original Update
12 AbudanzaWilbraham, MA Open Still open with mixed reviews as recent as 9/2014. Keeps an up to date Facebook page. Opened another restaurant location a month after the makeover  Full Original Update
11 Padre Rita GrillSouth Padre Island, TX Open Still open with more negative than positive reviews as recent as 10/2014. Keeps an up to date Facebook page.  Full Original Update
10 Mamma Lucrezia'sBellefonte, PA Open Still open with mixed reviews as recent as 8/2014. Cooking with fresh ingredients and started to serve lunch. Full Original Update
9 Green Beret Club - Renamed Smoke Bomb GrilleFort Bragg, NC Open This was a military special, which turned the club into more of a restaurant. People didn't like that or RI taking down photos of soldiers. RI may not have had much input though. Full Original Update
8 Spicy Bar & GrillFalls Church, VA Sold The restaurant was sold to new owners before the episode aired. Full Original Update
7 El Bistro - Renamed Renae's CornerTitusville, PA
Open
Still open mixed reviews. Keeps and up to date Facebook page. Restaurant was listed for sale before the episode aired. Full Original Update
6 Uncle Andy's DinerSouth Portland, ME
Open
Still open with below average reviews due to service and cleanliness. Full Original Update
5 The Country Cow Restaurant & BarCampton, NH
Open
Still open mostly positive reviews and people love the location. Full Original Update
4 Pomona Golf & Country ClubEgg Harbor City, NJ
Open
Still open with no reviews since the makeover. More of a 9-hole Golf Course than a restaurant. Full Original Update
3 Paul's Bar and BowlingPaterson, NJ
Open
Still open with only a few reviews as recent as 6/2014. More of a Bar/Bowling alley than a restaurant. Full Original Update
2 Marie's at Ummat CafeAtlanta, GA
Open
Still open with minimal mixed reviews as recent as 6/2014. Full Original Update
1 Fork Diner
Calhoun, GA

Closed
Still open with mixed reviews as recent as 9/2014. Complaints about small menu/high prices. Restaurant trying to raise $25,000 for through a fundraiser for unpaid debts. Full Original Update. Closed in 10/2014 - More Info on Closing.

Season Eight (2014) - 10 of 12 Restaurants Open, 2 of 12 Restaurants Closed

Episode Restaurant City Status Comments
12 Portu-Greek CafeHudson, FL
Open
Still open with above average reviews as recent as 8/2014. Restaurant was listed for sale before the episode even aired. Full Original Update
11 Grace's Place Bagels & DeliPalm Coast, FL
Open
Still open with a lot of below average reviews as recent as 5/2014. Complaints about the restaurant and the makeover. Had to close for a day in 9/2014 due to rodent activity found during restaurant inspection. Full Original Update
10 Big Jim's Bama QHammondville, AL
Open
Still open with mixed reviews as recent as 9/2014. Does not have an up to date website or Facebook Page. Full Original Update
9 Cave Inn BBQ
Winter Garden, FL

Closed
Still open with average to above average reviews as recent as 5/2014. Owners were on 24 Hour Restaurant Battle. Keeps an up to date Facebook page. Full Original Update. Closed in 10/2014 - Info on the Closing.
8 Bumbinos Italian Ristorante
Orange City, FL

Closed
Still open with mixed reviews as recent as 6/2014. Added old menu items back to new menu. Full Original Update. Closed in 8/2014 just 4 months after the show aired - More info on the closing.
7 Bryant's Seafood World
Hueytown, AL

Open
Still open with minimal reviews as recent as 4/2014, which are mixed. Some complaints about prices. Full Original Update
6 Urban Roots
Oklahoma City, OK

Open
Still open with mostly positive reviews as recent as 4/2014. Reviews weren't too bad before the makeover. Keeps an up to date Facebook page. Full Original Update
5 Gratifi Kitchen and Bar Houston, TX
Open
Still open with mixed reviews as recent as 3/2014. A lot of complaints about service. Keeps an up to date Facebook page. Full Original Update
4 Mama Della's NY City Pizzeria Baton Rouge, LA
Open
Still open with above average reviews as recent as 3/2014. Had above average reviews before the Restaurant Impossible visit. Still some complaints about owner Barry. Full Original Update
3 Pasion Latin Fusion Albuquerque, NM
Open
Still open with above average reviews as recent as 3/2014. Had above average reviews before the Restaurant Impossible visit. Full Original Update
2 Tootie's Texas BBQ Cathedral City, CA
Open
Still open with average to above average reviews as recent as 3/2014. Full Original Update. The owner Eileen passed away in 5/2014 (Link).
1 Mill Creek Cattle Co. (BBQ) Redlands, CA
Open
Still open with average to above average reviews as recent as 3/2014. Full Original Update


Season Seven (2013 - 2014) - 4 of 12 Restaurants Closed, 8 of 12 Restaurants Still Open
 
Episode Restaurant City Status Comments
13 Estrada's Restaurant Daly City, CA
Open
Still open with mixed reviews as recent as 2/2014. Full Original Update
12 Hillbillies Restaurant Murphys, CA
Open
Still open with mostly postive reviews as recent as 1/2014. Owner was also on Cupcake Wars. Full Original Update
11 Spunky Monkey Bar & Grill Auburn, WA
Open
Still open with mixed reviews as recent as 1/2014. Keeps an up to date Facebook Page.  Had permit issues and has replaced some RI changes to put back pool tables. Operates more like a bar.  Full Original Update
10 Heather's Country Kitchen Plains, MT
Open
Still open with minimal, but positive reviews as recent as 10/2013. Keeps an up to date Facebook Page. Full Original Update
9 Goombazz Big City Eatzz Rock Island, IL
Closed
Still open with below average reviews as recent as 1/2014. Keeps an up to date Facebook Page. Full Original Update. Goombazz closed in 2/2014 - More information on the closing.
8 LBI Pancake House/ Ship Point Firehouse Ship Bottom, NJ N/A Not applicable as this was a Holiday Impossible special to help Hurricane Sandy victims. 
7 Mike La Susa's Italian Restaurant Oak Creek, WI Open Still open with average to below average reviews as recent as 11/2013. Complaints about the menu and prices. Had better reviews before Restaurant Impossible.  Full Original Update
6 Seven La Porte, IN Closed Still open with average reviews as recent as 11/2013. Keeps an up to date Facebook. Restaurant was listed for sale before episode aired. Full Original Update. Closed in 9/2014 - More information on the closing.
5 Georgia Boy Cafe Hagerstown, MD
Closed
Still open with average to below average reviews as recent as 11/2013. Keeps an up to date Facebook. Full Original Update. Closed in 7/2014 - More Information on the closing.
4 Coach Lamp Restaurant Louisville, KY Open Still open with average reviews as recent as 11/2013. Keeps an up to date Facebook. Full Original Update
3 Windsor 75 Restaurant Windsor, CT Open Still open with average reviews as recent as 10/2013. Keeps an up to date Facebook. Full Original Update
2 Ducky's Family Restaurant Kokomo, IN Closed Still open with average to above average reviews as recent as 10/2013. The restaurant is up for sale before the episode aired. Full Original Update. Closed in 12/2013 due to unpaid taxes.  More info on the closing.
1 Mama Campisi's St. Louis, MO Open Still open with average to above average reviews as recent as 10/2013. Keeps an up to date Facebook page. Full Original Update

Season Six (2013) - 7 of 13 Restaurants Closed, 5 of 13 Restaurants Still Open, 1 of 13 Restaurants Sold

Episode Restaurant City Status Comments
13 Aponte's Pizzeria Mason, Ohio Open Still open with average reviews as recent as 7/2014. Reviews were better before the makeover. Many people like the old pizza and menu better.  Most recent reviews are better. Full Original Update
12 Benner Street Restaurant Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Closed
Still open with average to below average reviews as recent as 7/2013. Complaints about smaller menu and higher prices.  Full Original Update. Closed in 9/2014 - More info on closing.
11 Edible's - Renamed Hurley's American Grille Horsham, Pennsylvania Open Still open with average reviews as recent as 8/2014.  Renamed Hurley's American Grille during episode. Keeps an up to date Facebook Page.   Full Original Update
10 Kalico Kitchen Douglas, Michigan
Closed
Still open with below average reviews as recent as 11/2013.  There seems to be a lot of issues.  Keeps an up to date Facebook Page. Restaurant is up for sale right now.   Full Original Update. The Restaurant closed in 12/2013 - Info on closing
 9 Angelo's Restaurant Woodstock, Illinois Closed Still open with below average reviews as recent as 12/2013.  Full Original Update. Closed in 12/2013 - Information on the closing.
8 Pier West Twin Lakes, Wisconsin
Closed
Still open with average to below average reviews as recent as 11/2013.  Full Original Update. Closed in 1/2014 - Information on the closing.
7 Pinehurst Country Lodge Greeley, Pennsylvania Open Still open with average to above average reviews as recent as 7/2014.  Keeps an up to date Facebook Page. Hired a new chef in August 2013  Full Original Update
6 Bryan's Smokehouse Bar-B-Q & Catering Lufkin, Texas
Sold
Still open with below average reviews as recent as 10/2013.  Bad food/service, and high prices.  Full Original Update. Restaurant was sold in 2/2014 - More info on the sale and a bit of controversy.
5 Wagon Wheel Smyrna, Delaware Closed Still open with below average reviews as recent as 8/2014.  Full Original Update. Closed in 9/2014 - More info on the closing.
4 Mom & Dad's Italian   Restaurant DeFuniak Springs, Florida Open Still open with above average reviews as recent as 2/2014.  Had good reviews before the RI visit.  Keep an up to date Facebook Page.  Full Original Update
3 Smitty's Restaurant Clearwater, Florida Closed Still open with minimal reviews.  Had a bug problem on the episode, and still had bugs at an inspection a month after RI makeover.  Full Original Update. Closed in 7/2014 - Info on the closing.
2 Old World Italian Restaurant Murrells Inlet,   South Carolina
Closed
Still open with average to above average reviews as recent as 6/2013.  Had good reviews before the RI visit. Full Original Update.  Closed in 9/2013.  Information on the closing.
1 Joe Willy's Seafood House Fishkill, NY Open Still open with average to above average reviews as recent as 7/2014.  Full Original Update


Season Five (2012-2013) - 9 of 13 Restaurants Closed, 3 of 13 Restaurants still Open, 1 of 13 Restaurants Sold


Episode Restaurant City Status Comments
13 Sweet Tea's Pineville, North Carolina Closed Still open with average reviews as recent as 7/2014.  Full Original Update. Closed in 7/2014 - Information on the closing.
12 Soup To Nuts Diner Tavares, Florida
Closed
Still open with terrible reviews as recent as 3/2013.     Will have to watch this one. Full Original Update. UPDATE - Closed on 5/14/2013 - Info On Closing.
11 Caseyville Café Caseyville, Illinois Closed Still open with terrible reviews as recent as 9/2013.  Will have to watch this one.  Full Original Update. UPDATE - Closed in 2/2014. Information on the closing.
10 Maniaci's Italian Bistro Mohnton, Pennsylvania Closed Still open with limited reviews, but the reviews are pretty average.  Reviews as recent as 10/2013.  Keeps up to date Facebook Page. Full Original Update. UPDATE - Closed in 4/2014 - Information on the closing.
9 Dinner Bell Madison, Tennessee Closed Had average to bad reviews and closed in April 2013.   Owner badmouthed RI experience after it aired.  Full Original Update.  Closed on 4/16/2013 - Info on Closing
8 Nanny Goats Cafe and Feed Bin Kilgore, Texas
Closed
The owner sold the restaurant before the episode even aired.  Still operated under the name Nanny Goats Café.  Full Original Update. The new Nanny Goats closed in November 2013.
7 Sapori D'Italia Fountain Hills, Arizona Open Still open with good to very good reviews as recent as 10/2013.  One of the best reviewed restaurants from the show.  Full Original Update
6 Windseeker Restaurant The Dalles, Oregon Open Pretty bad reviews as of late regarding the food and service.  Reviews as recent as 1/2014.  Full Original Update 11/2013 - Listed for sale now.
5 Whiskey Creek Steakhouse Keyport, Washington
Sold
Despite negative reviews to start, many of the newer reviews are positive.  Reviews as recent as 9/2013.  Keeps up to date Facebook Page. Moved their restaurant in 7/2013 to a location across the street. Full Original Update. New ownership as of 11/2013 (Facebook link)
4 Rising Sun   Bistro Kalispell,    Montana Closed Still Open with average to above average reviews as recent as 3/2014.  Lot of complaints about service. Currently listed For Sale. Full Original Update. Closed in 3/2014 - Info on the closing.
3 Bronk’s Bar and Grill Lake City, Minnesota
Closed
Still Open with average to above average reviews as recent as 8/2013. Some complaints about service.  Keeps an up to date Facebook page.  Full Original Update.  UPDATE - Closed in 11/2013 - Info on the Closing.
2 Rohrer's Tavern North Bend,  Ohio Closed Still Open with average reviews as recent as 1/2014.  Better reviews as of late.  Keeps an up to date Facebook page.  Full Original Update. UPDATE - Closed in 4/2013 - Info on the closing.
1 Poco's on the Boulevard Kansas City, Missouri Open Still Open with pretty good reviews, although there are some 1-star ones.  Better reviews as of late. Most recent review 2/2014.  Full Original Update


Season Four (2012) - 8 of 13 restaurants Closed, 5 of 13 restaurants Open



Episode Restaurant City Status Comments
13 Oleander Bar And Grill Olean, New York
Closed
Still open with average to below average reviews as recent as 9/2013. Keeps an up to date Facebook page.  Full Original Update. Closed in 11/2013 - Info on the Closing.
12 Valley Inn Palos Hills, Illinois Open Still open with average reviews as recent as 7/2013. A lot of bad filtered reviews on Yelp.  Keeps an up to date Facebook page.  Full Original Update
11 Whistle Stop Hot Springs, Arkansas Closed Closed in February of 2013, with the owner blaming everyone else.  Episode originally aired October 2012 - Full Original Update
10 Maple Tree Cafe Las Vegas, Nevada
Closed
Still open with average reviews as recent as 8/2013. Mostly below average reviews lately. Opened 2 additional locations in Lucky's Lounge, which was stated in the Full Original Update. Closed in 10/2013 - Info on the closing.
9 Michele's Corry, Pennsylvania Open Still open, with very few reviews, which are poor.  Most recent review 10/2013.  Full original update.
8 Paliani's Restaurant Burton, Michigan Closed Closed at the end of 2012 - Information on the closing.  Episode originally aired September 2012.  Full Original Update.
7 Frankie's Three Rivers, Michigan Open Still open with average to below average reviews as recent as 2/2014.  Keeps an up to date Facebook page. Full Original Update.
6 Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant Lebanon, New Hampshire Open Still open with average to great reviews as recent as 11/2013.  Has an up to date Twitter Account.  Full Original Update
5 Stella's Italian Restaurant Stratford, Connecticut Closed Still open with average reviews as recent as 5/2014.  Keeps their Facebook page up to date.  Full Original Update. Closed in 5/2014 - Info on the closing.
4 Italian Village Milmont Park, Pennsylvania Closed Still open with average reviews as recent as 12/2013.  Full Original Update. Closed in 7/2014 - Information on the closing.
3 Zandi's Grill Millersville, Maryland Open Still open with average reviews.  Reviews as recent as 11/2013
2 The Main Dish Meridianville, Alabama
Closed
Sold the business in February of 2013.  Show aired July 2012.  Here is a post on their facebook page about it.
1 Longbranch Steak and Seafood Fayetteville, Georgia Closed Closed in August of 2012, just a month after the show aired in July 2012.  Having cockroaches didn't help.



Season Three (2012) - 8 of 12 restaurants Closed, 3 of 12 restaurants still Open, 1 of 12 restaurants Sold


Episode Restaurant City Status Comments
13 Horton's Kids Washington, DC N/A Not applicable as it was for charity and is not a restaurant
12 Pollard's Bar-B-Que Memphis, Tennessee Open Still open with pretty good reviews.  Reviews as recent as 2/2014.  Keeps an up to date Facebook page.
11 University Grill Burlington, North Carolina Closed Still open with average reviews.  Reviews as recent as 3/2013. UPDATE - Closed in June 2013 - Information on the Closing
10 Ristorante     Barolo Aptos,        California
Closed
Still open with average to bad reviews.  Reviews as recent as 5/2013.  UPDATE - Sold in May 2013 - Details on the restaurant being sold. New restaurant occupies the space.
9 Pappas Restaurant Benicia, California Closed Closed as of 3/24/2013.  Had average to bad reviews.  Update on the Closing
8 Mama Lee's Soul Food Restaurant San Antonio,    Texas Closed Still open with average to above average reviews.  Reviews as recent as 5/2013.  Closed 6/2013.  Information on the Closing.
7 Pelican Grill Seabrook, Texas
Sold
Still open with average reviews.  Only open for breakfast and lunch.  Reviews as recent as 9/2013. New ownership as of September 2013.
6 Valley View Quarryville, Pennsylvania Closed Closed on March 8, 2012, before the Restaurant Impossible episode even aired.  RI episode aired March 12, 2012
5 Woody's Tupelo Steakhouse Tupelo,    Mississippi Open Still open with pretty good reviews as recent as 1/2014. Above average reviews lately. 
4 Del's Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Open Still open with a lot of terrible and 1 star reviews.  Reviews as recent as 2/2014.  Keeps an up to date Facebook Page
3 Anna Maria's Dunmore, Pennsylvania Closed Still open with so-so reviews.  Reviews as recent as 5/2013.  Closed in August 2013.  Information on the Closing.
2 Chatterbox Windham, New Hampshire Closed Closed as of January 2013.  According to comments on their facebook page, they supposedly closed due to vandalism, and never reopened.  Will watch this one to see if it reopens.  Update - Closed for good and a new restaurant is taking over the space.
1 Moss' Prime Rib & Spaghetti House Elyria, Ohio Closed Still open, however the owner recently tried to sell the restaurant at an auction in Dec. 2012.  The restaurant didn't sell at auction, but remains open for now.  Closed in April 2013 - Info on Closing


Season Two (2011-2012) - 11 of 16 Restaurants Closed, 5 of 16 Restaurants still Open,



Episode Restaurant City Status Comments
18 Hoffman's Bistro and Patisserie Santa Cruz, California Open Open with average to above average reviews.  Many reviews as recent as 11/2013 and Facebook page kept up to date.
17 Sullivan's Fruita, Colorado Closed Closed according to Yelp and Urbanspoon.  Closed as of July 2012.  Episode originally aired January 2012
16 Wildcat Café Canton, Ohio N/A Not Applicable as this was for a school cafeteria makeover.
15 St. James Soup Kitchen Newark, New Jersey N/A Not Applicable as this was a charity and not a restaurant.
14 Coffee's Boilin' Pot Madisonville, Louisiana Closed Closed in July 2012.  Episode originally aired November 2011.  A new restaurant with a new owner is currently at the location.
13 McShane's East Syracuse, New York Closed Open and very good reviews regarding the food they are serving, especially the chicken. Facebook page is up to date.  McShane's Closed on 5/24/2013 and plan to open a food truck - Info on Closing
12 Mad Cactus Strongsville, Ohio Closed Still open, but tons of bad reviews, and there are also rumors going around that it will be closing.  Will have to check back soon.  From an article in Sept. 2012 - "Old menu is back, and owner says if Robert Irvine returned, 'I'd lock the door.' Closed July 2013 - Info on Closing
11 Cap'n and the Cowboy Port Charlotte, Florida Closed Closed in November of 2012. A facebook post on their page blamed the landlord for charging way too much for the lease.
10 The Trails   Eatery San Diego, California Open Seems to be thriving as a lot of reviews say how packed the place is.  Reviews as recent as 9/2013. Owner Stacey Poon-Kinney was on Food Network Star.
9 Off Street Cafe Cerritos, California Open Average to slightly above average reviews.  Reviews as recent as 11/2013.  Keeps an up to date Facebook Page
8 Mamma D's Pipersville, Pennsylvania
Closed
Pretty good reviews as of late.  Reviews as recent as 8/2013.  Keeps an up to date Facebook page.  Closed in 10/2013 - Info on the closing.
7 Scrimmages Wilmington, Delaware
Closed
Not many reviews. The ones there are average to bad.  Reviews as recent as 6/2013.  Keeps an up to date Facebook Page. Closed and a new restaurant took over in 3/2014
6 Pastori's Ellington, Connecticut Closed Average to below average reviews as recent as 3/2014.  Keeps an up to date Facebook Page. Closed in June 2014 - More info on the closing.
5 Snooty Fox Indianapolis,   Indiana Closed Closed in October of 2011 after 29 years in business.  Episode originally aired in August 2011.  Article on the closing.
4 County Fare Stafford, Virginia Closed Closed in October of 2011.  Episode originally aired in July 2011, so not long after that. Article just months after where the owner said they were still struggling.
3 Sweet Tea Chapin, South Carolina Closed Closed in November of 2011.  Episode originally aired July 2011, so not long after that.  A new restaurant with new owners has opened in its location.
2 La Stanza Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Open Minimal reviews, but most are good. Reviews as recent as 11/2013.  Received a 26 out of 30 from Zagat for food
1 Dodge City Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Open Lots of 5 star and good reviews as recent as 11/2013. Keeps an up to date Facebook Page


Season One (2011) - 4 of 7 restaurants Closed, 1 of 7 restaurants Sold, 2 of 7 restaurants still Open,


Episode Restaurant City Status Comments
7 Flood Tide Mystic,    Connecticut
Closed
Still Open with pretty good reviews as recent as 8/2013.  Keeps an up to date Facebook Page. Closed in 11/2013 - Info on the closing.
6 Secret Garden Cafe Jacksonville,    Florida  Sold Still open and getting good reviews as recent as 3/2013.  Keeps an up to date Facebook Page.  Sold to new owners in January 2012 (See Question 13)
5 Meglio's Bridgeton, Missouri Open Still Open with some good, some bad reviews.  Bad reviews as of late.  Latest review 10/2013 
4 Salt Works II Wilmington, North Carolina Open Still open with average reviews as recent as 10/2013.  Keeps an up to date Facebook Page
3 Rascal's BBQ and Crab House New Castle, Delaware Closed Closed for some time.  A new Restaurant opened in its location with different owners. That restaurant closed just months after the opening
2 Mainelli's Providence, Rhode Island Closed Closed as of early 2012.  Episode aired 1/2012.  Property was for sale for some time after.
1 Villari's Palmyra, New Jersey
Closed
Still open with a lot of bad 1 star reviews on Tripadvisor. Reviews as recent as 8/2014.  Villari's was rebranded as a sports bar called Jerseys Pub in 2014 - More info.


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*Note Charity episodes not included in statistics
*1/21/14 - Sold restaurants are only restaurants that have been sold and are still operating under the same name.  Main Dish, Nanny Goat's, Ristorante Barolo moved to closed. Pelican Grill moved to sold as it is under new ownership.


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