The owners of the Main Dish in Meridianville, Ala., have no past restaurant experience, and after five years in business, they are working 80 hours a week and are more than $50,000 in debt. Chef Irvine comes to their aid.
The owners of Michele's in Corry, Pa., purchased the restaurant at an auction, despite having no experience in the business. The host updates the interior, helps hire a new cook and gives a lesson on basic management skills.
Robert revamps the Whistle Stop in Hot Springs, Ark., which was purchased by a former employee after the previous owners abruptly announced they were shutting down. The dining room is restored, the kitchen is cleaned and the staff is trained in two days and on a $10,000 budget.
A mother and daughter face bankruptcy and losing their restaurant in Olean, N.Y., after only six months in business. Robert determines the problem is with the bickering owners, who confuse their employees and drive away their customers.