The cost of caring for their mother's cancer is taking a toll on the owners of El Cabanal in Jersey City, N.J., a restaurant that's in rough shape when Ty and Amanda arrive to deliver a makeover that reflects the family's Ecuadorian heritage and American roots.
Anita's Grill in New Orleans, which was once a tailgating hot spot, is renovated so that it can better compete with other nearby sports bars. Plans include a crowd-pleasing menu and Saints-inspired color scheme.
The owner of El Mago de las Fritas in Miami struggles to remain passionate about serving Cuban food after 31 years in business and the death of his wife. Hoping to resuscitate this classic restaurant, a longtime customer contacts Ty Pennington and Amanda Freitag for help.
The Hermitage Cafe, which used to be a popular late-night hangout in Nashville, is transformed from haggard eyesore to funky and functional. But it's a challenging makeover for the hosts, who only have two days to clean up the filth.
One of the last mom-and-pop diners in the town of Goodlettsville, Tenn., is struggling after the death of the owners' son. To save this Southern kitchen, the hosts devise a plan that embraces traditional flavors.
A classic 1940s boxcar diner in Westwood, N.J., receives a hip makeover while the owners are away for the weekend in the Season 2 premiere. Included: Chef Amanda Freitag updates the menu's bland and boring food.