Robert deals with an owner who fancies himself a stand-up comedian and is more focused on telling jokes to customers than paying attention to the quality of food he's serving at Uncle Andy's Diner in Portland, Maine.
The divorced owners of the Country Cow Restaurant and Bar in Campton, N.H., are on their best behavior for Robert's visit, but the staff and behind-the-scenes footage reveal that animosity between the couple is a problem that needs his uttermost attention.
Robert Irvine arrives at the Pomona Golf and Country Club in Egg Harbor City, N.J., a nine-hole golf course and clubhouse being run by three cousins, and is tasked with coming up with a business plan for the financially and emotionally strained owners to attract new and younger clients.
Paul's Bar and Bowling in Paterson, N.J., a family-owned neighborhood staple since 1929, needs help getting out of an 8-year slump. In order to succeed, Robert tries to take the business into the 21st century, beginning with a total design overhaul.
A restaurant in Atlanta has the false reputation of being strictly for Muslims, which is keeping potential customers away. Another challenge Robert faces is the owner, whose experience in catering isn't translating into running this business. Also: A fight breaks out amongst the design team and the makeover is put in jeopardy.moreless
In the Season 9 premiere, a friendship is falling apart over the struggles of the 3-year-old Fork Diner in Calhoun, Ga., which chef Robert Irvine deems unsuccessful because of boring food, a lack of cleanliness and a staff that's disinterested.
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