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Jul 6, 2011 11:21 PM

Restaurant: Impossible/ 24 Hour Restaurant Battle -- paint and glue fumes?

Well, okay, so I've had this debate probably three times with my husband. You revamp the restaurant, re-paint, re-glue new flooring. Then you serve food there that night? With all those very volatile, very smelly, very pungent and long-lasting chemical fumes?

He says that there are probably a few days between the revamp and the actual customer seating. I also get a long lecture on how reality shows work (Really honey? I GET it. BTW, although I love horror movies, I don't keep zombie repellent in the car. LOL.).

I have no idea how this actually goes down. Does anyone else have info or theories?

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  1. Well, one of the recently shown reruns had a guy who got wet paint all over his paints from a poor attempt to repaint the ugly chairs.

    1. I would love to know the real time lines, can they really do all this in 24 or 48 hours? Clean, change decor and electrics, new kitchens sometimes, teach cooks and waitstaff, restock, advertise and film it?

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      1. re: smartie

        I have always wondered about the cooking portion; both on Restaurant Impossible; Restaurant Makeovers and on any of the Ramsay shows.

        Surely it takes time to get familiar with new dishes

        1. re: Spelunk

          IMO, the timeline is a bit clearer on the UK Kitchen Nightmares -- it's quite a bit longer than just a couple of days. Some of them seem to be in the weekish range, sometimes more, depending on how much work is to be done.

      2. u should be ready for the zombie says the CDC

        and i dont worry so much about the little details in those shows...if u worry and nit pic it just gives u crows feet...

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        1. re: srsone

          Crow's feet... omigosh. How would I buy shoes?

          Guess I need to learn to stop worrying and love Robert Irvine. ;)