Restaurant Impossible needs some variety
So I've been watching a bunch of RIs thanks to the miracle of the DVR. The restaurants almost all fall into one of two categories:
1. The restaurants that remind me of the places we used to go as kids (and in one case, a place we actually did go to -- Mainelli's in Providence), both in decor and cuisine. Since my point of reference here is the 1960s and early 1970s, I am never surprised that such places are failing. There must be an endless supply of these time warps around the US.
2. The restaurants bought within the past few years by people who knew nothing about running a restaurant but thought it would be a good idea to go a half-million dollars into debt. Again, no surprise that these places are failing.
I think Ramsay's show features a wider variety of bad restaurants but still, I find Irvine's show weirdly fascinating.
I don't get the opening sequence titles of the concrete high rise apartment building with RI shown in a window (something like that). Surprised he is not in a kitchen.
the most interesting show was the rehab of the soup kitchen in Newark NJ with the 80 yr. old chef serving 150 dinners daily with wrecked equipment. maybe the only program that wasn't about rescuing a mismanaged or investment blunder eatery.
compared to Ramsay, the compressed budget and time frame Irvine works with seem to empower him to be an insensitive tyrant ; the Newark show brought out more of his better characteristics, but Ramsay seems compassionate in comparison, if one only had 'Nightmares' vs. 'Impossible' to go on.
Last night, for example, I watched the Off Street Cafe episode. Classic category 2 restaurant.