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'Restaurant Impossible' overhauling Baton Rouge pizza place

3 years 4 months 2 weeks ago January 10, 2014 Jan 10, 2014 Friday, January 10 2014 January 10, 2014 6:02 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brittany Weiss

BATON ROUGE - A team of TV people and restaurant geniuses are working around the clock to pull a Baton Rouge pizza place out of trouble.

Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible" is overhauling Mama Della's NYC Pizzeria on Jefferson Hwy. Chef Robert Irvine and his staff began working on the restaurant Thursday morning.

"I told him his food was so-so, the pizza crust was good, everything else was not good," said Irvine.

The show follows Irvine around the country as he helps pull restaurants from the point of no return.

Mama Della's has served pizza, calzones and sandwiches for almost two years. Irvine is here because the owner is almost $400,000 in debt from his struggling business.

"I don't have time to play games," said Irvine. "I have to fix his life, and this is his life, right here."

Irvine has 48 hours and $10,000 to complete the project.

The show has flipped 96 restaurants with a 70 percent success rate.

The overhaul will continue through Friday with an unveiling that evening.  The show will likely be shown at the end of the year.

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