Season 5 begins with food quality and profits being an issue at a family-owned Latin restaurant in Kansas City, Mo., where two daughters struggle to keep the business going—and their relationship from crumbling—after the death of their father.
The owners of Bronk's Bar and Grill in Lake City, Minn., face losing their 11-year-old business. Problems addressed by Robert include an untrained staff, a kitchen stocked with frozen food, and a generic-looking dining room.
A once-successful restaurateur in Kilgore, Texas, is struggling to stay afloat, and needs Robert's help winning back customers who have been disappointed with the food and decor. Robert also faces the task of repairing the owner's relationship with her daughter.
The owner of the Dinner Bell in Madison, Tenn., is two days away from closing down his four-year-old restaurant. Robert's plan for keeping the place in business involves cleaning it, updating the menu and helping the staff break bad habits.
Robert arrives at a troubled café in Caseyville, Ill., where he helps the mother-daughter owners improve their menu, decor and relationship, which is suffering, in part, because of a staff that is costing them money.