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Can this Buffalo restaurant be saved? Food Network show seeks subject

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine and a restaurant design team could be coming to a restaurant near you. As long as the place is thinking of closing.

Shooters, a Philadelphia-based television production company responsible for the Food Network's "Dinner: Impossible" and "Food Feuds," is scouting restaurants in Buffalo and other cities for its new show.

"Restaurant: Impossible" follows Irvine and the designers for 48 hours as they give a failing restaurant a makeover. Cameras capture the personalities and the changes through a Grand Reopening, then share the results with viewers.

The show just finished shooting at the Salt Works II in Wilmington, N.C. Today, Irvine wrote on his Facebook page: "Thanks to ALL the hard working cooks and servers who really dug deep to achieve great results. You should all be proud!"

Will Irvine pull off another turnaround in Buffalo? The production company is also looking in Syracuse, Albany and Scranton, among othe cities.

What does it take for a restaurant to get the show's attention? From the casting memo:

“The restaurant should be one that is at risk of closing and is in need of a boost in customers, good reviews and overall revenue.

“We are looking for restaurateurs who have poured their heart and souls into trying to make their establishment successful but nevertheless have fallen on dire times.

“The restaurant’s owners and management will be taking guidance from a celebrity chef and must be willing to overhaul their menu, decor and theme to put them back on the path to success!

“Being family run is definitely a plus. Restaurant owners must have strong, outgoing personalities.”

Interested parties should contact Shooters production assistant Justin Leonard by e-mail at to start the application process.


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