Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sweet Tea's From Restaurant Impossible Has Closed

Photo - Food Network
Sweet Tea's Restaurant in Pineville, North Carolina, which was featured on season five of Restaurant Impossible has closed.

On July 20, 2014, they posted the following message on their Facebook page:
It is with a very heavy heart and great sadness that we are closing Sweet Tea's. This was the hardest decision we have ever had to make. We loved that our customers became our friends and our employees our family. We will miss everyone terribly!
Also, their website is no longer active and you get a domain name error when visiting.  This is the ninth restaurant from season five (2012-2013) of Restaurant Impossible to close, and the Restaurant Impossible Update page has been updated with this information.


  1. Saw the repeat of the episode on FN the other night. I had somehow missed it when originally broadcast. I was really hoping these folks would make a go of it. They were so willing to learn and take advice.

  2. Merlin_Arrowhead_AddictAugust 10, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Sad to see this news. I ate there about four months after the relaunch and I spoke to the lady owner. She told me that they had applied for RI because they knew their location was poor and they were looking for publicity. They were happy with their RI experience and had gained some regular customers.

    The post RI menu was small, I mean really small. I had about 8-10 entrees to choose from. The remodel looked good. It gave the place a homey feel. The food was solid, not outstanding. I do think they made a mistake closing early each evening. I think they closed somewhere between 7 and 8 PM. I can't remember exactly. Their location was a huge issue. The strip mall they were set in was set back from Rt 51 and blocked by trees. Even in the parking lot, I had to drive around to find the place. The anchor store, Bi-Lo is not well regarded. All in all, I think it's a tough strip mall for a business to be in. The lady owner was very nice and I had hoped they would make it.

  3. That's disappointing:( Well it wasn't that they weren't given a huge second chance to succeed! must have been more of an ongoing, internal management problem. Sad

  4. That bums me out! They gave it their best shot. I hope the son opens another restaurant in the future. He really seems to love the business.

  5. Out of all the episodes, I thought they had the best remodel and thought they would make it. I wonder if this was more related to not having enough business or they just got burned out. Sad.

  6. Maybe, RI isn't giving these restaurants everything they need? Maybe two days just isn't enough to save a failing restaurant.