On Wednesday night's Food Network revisit episode of "Restaurant: Impossible," Robert Irvine went to Woodstock, Ill. in this episode titled, “Restaurant More Impossible: It’s All Greek to Me.”
Robert came to meet with owners Angelo Paloumbis, whose father opened Angelo’s Family Restaurant, fresh off the boat from Greece. Now he and his first cousin, Angelo Mourelatos, who helps out, when he is not practicing as a public defender are owners of the place. The original owner’s son is called Big Angelo, and he is the primary owner.
When Robert tasted a sampling of the encyclopedia sized menu, he was impressed with the chicken Caesar wrap, but the vegetables were frozen and full of liquid from being cooked too long, and the steak was overdone and lacked seasoning. Along with the revisit, several blurbs of information are flashed across the screen, including Robert’s theory that half of the world’s restaurant problems could be solved if people would only use pepper and salt. As Robert was tasting the food, the line cook repeatedly tried to sneak a peek to see Robert’s reaction to the food. When Robert called for the two owners, he told them that only one item was worth eating.
When Big Angelo complained how everyone backstabbed him when he wanted change, Robert yelled out that he has to be in charge, then doubted if he was ever in control of the place.
When Lynn arrived, he had to wait out in the rain before he could come in and was drenched. Fans found out that Lynn did not like the chairs, but bought them to repurpose for another restaurant. The intense rain continued, so the opera house next door was used for the meeting with the staff. As they voiced their complaints to Robert, among them, the fact that Big Angelo has an excuse for everything. One prime complaint was that the place did not accept credit cards, yet the ATM machine in the lobby had no money.
When Robert went in to see how the makeover was coming, fans also discovered that reupholstering booths gives Lynn his biggest challenge, as it usually exceeds his budget. Due to lack of working space, during production, the town volunteered to shut down a major street to enable the reconstruction to proceed. The high winds and torrential rain were a chief factor in this makeover. Fortunately, when they redid the floor, there were no surprises lurking beneath and the floor was installed without a problem. Then Robert took Big Angelo and his wife to the local high school gym to see for himself how ridiculous his menu really was. The bleachers were filed with kids who held up a sign with each menu item. Then Robert asked for them to hold up their cards if they ever ate there. Most held them up, when he asked those to put down their signs if they did not like the food, several did, but the largest group were those who did not like the service. So the trip was an eye-opening experience to Big Angelo.
As facts continued rolling across the screen, fans found out that there were two million servers in restaurants across the U.S., and Greek immigrants founded more than 600 diners in the New York region from the 1950s through the 1970s. New Jersey has more diners than any state in the nation and is considered “The Diner Capital” of the world.
In the kitchen, Robert redesigned two items to coincide with the Greek heritage of the diner, and both were awesome. Fans also found out that Robert and his wife Gail Kim, honeymooned in Greece.
In the restaurant, Tom installed the credit card machine; finally, and Robert installed a backbone in Big Angelo. When the family saw the transformation, they knew they were destined to be successful.
Thanks to Robert and his crew of "Restaurant: Impossible," this restaurant, family and staff have a new direction.
At the end of each show, Robert tells viewers to check his link to see how the restaurant is doing since his visit. If you liked what you read, please Subscribe, and you will never miss another post from this Television Examiner. Thanks! (Please see first link below for the recap of the initial visit.)