Restaurant Revisited: Cocoamoda

Find out how Cocoamoda is doing after its transformation on Restaurant: Impossible.
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While some restaurant owners welcome Robert Irvine with open arms and recognize their need for his expertise, others are perhaps too set in their ways to realize the gravity of the state of their restaurant. That's what happened on tonight's all-new episode of Restaurant: Impossible when a mission took Robert to Cocoamoda in Calvert, Texas. A French bistro boasting both an event space and a chocolate boutique, Cocoamoda is owned by Ken Wilkinson, but it was Ken's daughter, Courtney, who first reached out to Robert and asked if he — Brit to Brit — could convince her father to update his approach. Now, a few months after reopening a newly renovated Cocoamoda, Ken is speaking out about Robert's changes to the restaurant and how his business is faring today.

"The transformation of the event space is spectacular," Ken admits, adding, "Lynn did an amazing job of making it really "pop." Looking ahead, he said he's confident that he'll be able to make money off of that space through a series of events. "We are planning an art show there, a series of concerts in the great room behind, and [we] have the potential for more wedding receptions than we normally do," explained Ken. "The real revenue increase will be from the event space. It is likely to be a great revenue stream for us."

Just as Robert proposed, Cocoamoda is now serving soup and sandwiches for lunch. "It was upon his suggestion that I finally decided to do it," says Ken, who notes that his eatery is now open for the midday meal on Wednesday through Sunday. He adds that they're launching Sunday brunch service as well.

As for the future of his restaurant, Ken notes, "I have never felt anything but positive about Cocoamoda! I have always known that, given time, we will succeed beyond our wildest dreams."

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