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'Restaurant: Impossible' helps The Cave Inn BBQ in Florida

Robert Irvine host of Restaurant: Impossible with furry friend
Robert Irvine host of Restaurant: Impossible with furry friend
Photo by Aaron Davidson

On Wednesday’s Food Network episode of "Restaurant: Impossible," Robert Irvine went to Winter Garden, Fla., to help save The Cave Inn BBQ. With only two days and $10,000, will he be able to accomplish the impossible?

Robert met with brothers Buzz Klavans, owner and Skip Klavans, who is the executive chef, but also an actor and is missing often. The restaurant loses $10,000 a month and is indebted for over $600,000.

When Robert told Skip, who fought him tooth and nail, to make him five him dishes, and he said, he does not work that way! So Robert observed a service in this prehistoric themed restaurant and also met the older brother Jerry, who manages, but never worked in a restaurant before. The place is top-heavy with employees, and the kitchen staff is not in sync, because Skip is a poor kitchen manager. The customers were not happy with the food either.

When Lynn came in to offer his expertise and found out that they were keeping the caveman theme. Robert was not ecstatic about keeping the theme where so many theme parks are located so close to the restaurant, but this time he acquiesced.

Robert gathered the employees and saw that five managers were overkill. When Skip returned to the restaurant once in a while, his stronger personality overruled his brother Buzz, the owner. So Robert gave Skip an ultimatum; the restaurant or Los Angeles.

While the changes were taking place, the place was starting to look more like a museum, than a junky theme park. Then Robert met with the two brothers after dealing his ultimatum. Skip finally decided to go back to L.A.

Robert went to a focus group of kids and asked if they liked dinosaurs, eating with their hands and having a great time. He gave each child a plastic dinosaur and told them if they brought it to the restaurant, they would get a free dessert.

Then Robert looked at the profit and loss statement of the restaurant. Before Skip left, he had him come to the kitchen where he showed him some new recipes and how easy they were to prepare.

When the restaurant was redone, the brothers were in tears. Buzz had a new lease on life, and Skip could now pursue his dream full-time. The enormous crowd waiting outside, were thrilled with the new interior and the food was delicious and the restaurant was running smoothly, 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.

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