Restaurant: Impossible's Best Before-and-After Bar Transformations

Relive Robert Irvine's most-drastic bar overhauls ever showcased on Restaurant: Impossible.

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Before: Spicy Bar and Grill

"Is it a sports bar? Is it a Thai restaurant? I don't know what it is," Robert said when he first saw Spicy.

After: Spicy Bar and Grill

To dress up what Robert deemed a "very bland" bar, Robert and his designer Taniya Nayak installed a red lattice overlay, which brightened up the design.

Before: Country Cow Restaurant and Bar

Despite the scenic views from the windows at Country Cow, the interior decor at the restaurant was anything but picturesque. "There's a lot of beat-up walls," Robert told his designer Cheryl Torrenueva.

After: Country Cow Restaurant and Bar

In an effort to highlight the scenic outdoors, Cheryl painted the walls of Country Cow a rich blue-green color, while Tom Bury, the construction manager, added wall framings to draw attention to the windows and fixed natural wood panels to the ceiling.

Before: Paul's Bar & Bowling

With a stained ceiling, broken floor tiles and damaged bar chairs, the scene at 85-year-old Paul's Bar & Bowling was grim. "This is the biggest and most-overwhelming walk-through I have ever done with you," Cheryl told Robert.

After: Paul's Bar & Bowling

Robert hoped to offer "speakeasy, Prohibition" vibes at Paul's, and he and his team delivered, as they installed all-new dark flooring and a painted white ceiling, plus elements of what Cheryl called "modern vintage" design.

Before: gratifi kitchen + bar

"There's nothing gratifying about this place," Robert said when he walked into gratifi, while his designer Lynn Kegan noted, "There's so much clutter." 

After: gratifi kitchen + bar

Since Robert wasn't pleased with any element of the original bar, Tom and Lynn decided to tear it down and to reimagine a prefabricated kiosk, which they adorned with metal siding. "I like that," Robert said.

Before: Spunky Monkey Bar & Grill

"Monkeys and giraffes and parrots, oh my," Robert said of the situation at Spunky Monkey. "The tiki hut thing? Gone," he told Taniya of his hopes for the design.

After: Spunky Monkey Bar & Grill

The team balanced the original tropical theme at Spunky Monkey with clean, sophisticated decor by opting for colorful paints and fabric instead of an influx of jungle animal adornments.

Before: Benner Street Restaurant

The scene at Benner Street was akin to "the grandma's special," according to Cheryl, and she and Robert wanted to update the space and rid it of old-fashioned elements like faux floral and fabric doilies. 

After: Benner Street Restaurant

Although Robert wasn't a fan of the "boring wood" at Benner Street, Cheryl kept it on the walls, but simply transformed it into a sleeker look by dressing it up with dark paint.

Before: Oleander Bar & Grill

Oleander was "outdated," according to Robert, and he advised Taniya, "The colors have got to change completely."

After: Oleander Bar & Grill

Taniya explained that an oleander is "a pretty Southern flower" and that the look of the restaurant wasn't in keeping with that idea. She wanted "to create a more cool vibe in here," so she opted for contrasting colors, including dark wallpaper and a white-front bar.

Before: Padre Rita Grill

"All the things that you know I hate," Robert told Lynn of the decor at Padre Rita Grill. "Trivets, Christmas tree lights, patio furniture and tables, a buffet table that I hate intensely." 

After: Padre Rita Grill

"We're at the seaside. Blues and greens and white," Robert told Lynn of his hopes for the look of the restaurant, and sure enough, Lynn delivered on the request. It was the designer's hope to "make people feel like they came to a destination."

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