Food Network opens casting call to Grand Junction

The first season of the Food Network’s new prime time show Restaurant Impossible will debut this month.



The Food Network’s newest prime-time show has included Grand Junction in its open casting call for restaurants who need a little help with business.

“Restaurant: Impossible” will debut its first season on the Food Network Channel on Jan. 19. Hosted by top chef Robert Irvine, the show finds family-owned restaurants who are need of revamping in order to stay in business.

Irvine has $10,000 and only 48 hours to turn a failing business into a thriving one. He conducts general business assessment including criticism of the staff and kitchen, updates the menu, retrains staff and makes drastic improvements to the overall aesthetics of the dining room. The restaurant reopens in the evening of day two where diners are asked to rate the new and improved eatery.

The first season was filmed on the east coast in St. Louis, Mo., Jacksonville, Fla., and Providence, R.I. The second season will focus on the western states including Colorado.

“We wanted to pick a bunch of different cities in Colorado and chose the Denver, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction areas,” said Justin Leonard, associate producer.

Only full-service restaurants will be considered. Those that are run by interesting, outgoing and dynamic families are of particular interest to producers.

Interested restaurants must first complete an online application at http://www.restaurantimpossible.com. Candidates will complete a phone interview and possible in-person visit from one of the show’s producers as part of the selection process.


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