Season 6 begins with Robert traveling to Joe Willy's Seafood House in Fishkill, N.Y., where he finds a restaurant that's failing financially and a family that's under an immense amount of stress. While the owner Joe is skilled at purchasing fish, he needs to improve as a chef.
The family-run Old World Italian Restaurant in Murrells Inlet, S.C., is struggling financially after 16 years in business. When Robert arrives, he pinpoints bad habits that need changing. He also learns the owners, both of whom are dealing with health issues, are reluctant to hand over the reigns to their culinary-trained son.
Robert tries to convince the stubborn owner of Mom and Dad's Italian Restaurant in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., that change is needed, especially when it comes to how the food is prepared and how the finances are handled. She's reluctant, however, to do things differently now that her husband, with whom she started the business 24 years ago, has passed away.
Three generations of women need help saving the Wagon Wheel Family Restaurant in Smyrna, Del., which is known for having muskrat on its menu. Upon his arrival, Robert discovers a disrespectful staff, outdated decor and a kitchen stocked with frozen food.
Robert tries to help the cousins who run Angelo's Family Restaurant in Woodstock, Ill., by encouraging them to make some changes to the Greek menu and decor that hasn't been modified since their fathers started the business 40 years ago.
Problems at the Kalico Kitchen in Douglas, Mich., include an owner with a blunt personality and a staff, including her own son, who's turning against her. Robert also takes issue with the fact that mediocre food is being served out of a filthy kitchen.
A lack of inspiration and motivation puts the family-run Edibles Restaurant and Pub in Horsham, Pa., in danger of going out of business after 26 years. Other problems include food that's unappetizing, a dirty kitchen and drab decor.
The married owners of Benner Street Restaurant in Bethlehem, Pa., are overwhelmed by debt, putting a strain on their relationship. Robert tries to help turn their business into a success by addressing problems that include outdated decor and a lack of alcohol at the bar.
The New Jersey-born owner of Aponte's Pizzeria in Mason, Ohio, needs Robert's help turning the business he has owned for eight years into a success, or the time he has spent away from his daughters will have been for nothing.