On yesterday’s Food Network episode of "Restaurant: Impossible," Robert Irvine went to Paterson, N.J., to help save Paul’s Bar & Bowling on this episode titled, “Bowling: Impossible.” With only two days and $10,000, will he be able to accomplish the impossible?
Robert met with Paul Awramko and his landmark business that has been around since 1910. With his business on the brink of closing, his good friend, Ed Arzoomanian gave him the money to pay his back taxes and keep the place alive. When Robert walked in, he was hysterical when he saw how old the place was. Nothing was changed since the 1950s, and all Robert could do was hold his head.
Robert asked some patrons who were bowling, why they do not make much on the bowling alleys. His reply was; because the leagues are dying. These lanes are part of history, and being older; the score keeping is done with a pencil.
Although old, the bar had loyal followers. The bar food was not too good, but the customers ate it anyway. Robert knew they needed some lessons to make it better. When designer Cheryl saw the place, she was in shock and called it a dump. This had to be the most difficult job for the design team. As everyone helped clean out the place, it was the biggest mess they had to deal with. Paul felt sad when the family pictures came off the walls.
Robert met with the staff, many who have been around for ages. He asked them when they cleaned last; and most had not and blamed Paul for not making a schedule, etc. Paul has been handicapped for years, and has a difficult time walking, and Robert asked them if they were taking advantage of Paul’s kindness. They also blamed the fact that Paul does not have a cell phone. However, Robert gave him a cell phone, tablet and a laptop and his assignment was to get familiar with modern technology.
A professional mixologist was brought in to train the bartenders who did not know how to make mixed drinks other than a few. When they made a few drinks, they were over-poured, and much of the reason Paul loses about $10,000 a month.
Paul texted Robert, sent him a message on social media and Ed helped him send an email. Robert told him how proud he was of him, and it brought him to tears. He set up a kitchen in the backyard to teach the guys how to make bar food that will bring in revenue. As the painting, decorating, and renovating was coming to an end, it was getting close to opening.
Paul and Ed were outside and waiting to see the finishing touches. When they saw the interior of the bar, bowling alleys and restaurant part, they could not believe their eyes. The changes were awesome. Paul was in tears and when he saw Cheryl and Tom, he was so grateful and happy, Robert again told him how proud he was of him. The mob outside was anxious to see it too. They had a packed house of customers eating, drinking and having a grand time. The landmark most certainly looked like it would be there for another 85 years, all thanks to Robert and his crew of "Restaurant: Impossible."
At the end of each show, Robert tells viewers to check this link to see how the restaurant is doing since his visit.