Restaurant Revisited: Betting the House at Zoog's Caveman Cookin
It's no secret that Robert Irvine has visited his share of far-gone restaurants in the nearly 10 seasons of Restaurant: Impossible, but on tonight's new episode, he was quick to admit that Zoog’s Caveman Cookin may surely be among the worst he's ever encountered. From the too-dark interior and the filthy kitchen that Robert was forced to shut down to owner Zoog's lack of commitment to the business, Robert and his team faced two days of daunting challenges before they could reopen the Port Hadlock, Wash., restaurant to a packed house. Read on below to hear from Zoog and find out how he and his restaurant are faring today.
Business has increased nearly 20 percent since Robert left, Zoog explains, though he adds that his personal health went downhill. "I'm sorry to say that about four weeks after [the Restaurant: Impossible experience], I had a heart attack," he says, before adding, "I am taking my medicine now and am feeling better."
In thinking about his step-daughter, Zoog admits, "Holly has stepped up and is pretty much running the place while I get better. She has my full support, and I make sure that her instructions are followed." He adds that since the transformation, "everyone else here has really stepped up," and the team continues to ensure that the space is clean.
Zoog is in charge of running the smoker now, and he notes, "I have not been drinking when I work, and now that I am not in the kitchen at night, [I] am taking a more active role out front."