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New TV show seeks Napa Valley restaurant: who would you nominate?

by TrevR on January 11, 2011

With the new year comes new opportunity.

According to a report in the Napa Valley Register a new television show called “Restaurant Impossible” is currently seeking a Napa Valley-based restaurant to be the subject of one of its shows.

The new show is being planned by the production company behind the “Dinner: Impossible” program, which is hosted by Chef Robert Irvine and currently airs on Food Network.

The premise of “Restaurant Impossible” is for Chef Irvine to turn around failing restaurants in just two days and with only $10,000 at his disposal. According to the casting website, “Robert will use a little MacGyver and a lot of muscle to rescue these desperate places from complete collapse. Can one man, in two days, with $10,000, turn the tide of a failing restaurant and give hope to the owners and their employees?”

With Yountville hailed by many as the culinary capital of the world and new restaurants by high profile chefs opening left and right here in the valley we had a tough time coming up with a list of potential local candidates. Who would you nominate?

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has written 716 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter @TrevR.

  • NapaWino

    Too bad Jonesy’s is already closed – that would have been perfect! So, how about The Old Adobe?

  • Anonymous

    The Old Adobe is a great suggestion! We talked about Jonesy’s as well, but you’re right–too late! Our other thought was Tuscany, which we still have no idea how or why it went from Tuscany, to The Border and back again so quickly.

  • Johnnnita

    Either the Old Adobe or Jonesy’s would be good choices. I think the Tuscany is already closed; if not, that would be a good choice as well. Perhaps there are other restaurants “on the brink” that we value and don’t even know about.

  • krj99

    I’m not sure how the Napa Wine Train is doing financially, but every time we pass one, we can’t help but observe that most of the cars are empty. That one comes to mind as perhaps needing a fresh coat of paint.

  • JB

    All Seasons, up in Calistoga.

  • NapaWino

    Tuscany is open and doing pretty well – was there just the other night and it was packed! The owners tried to revive it by changing it to Borders, then realized their mistake and changed it back – weird, I know.

  • Boat

    I hope this doesn’t come off as too mean, all of my list as potential and are just not fulfilling it.
    In Calistoga, All Seasons
    In St. Helena AKA
    In Yountville I would have said Napa Valley Grille, but that solved itself. (maybe a little bit at Hurley’s)
    In Napa, Tuscany, Fume Bistro, Zinsvalley, Cuvee

  • Zinful1

    Tuscany/The Border/Tuscany would be a stellar candidate. The location is perfect, but the food, I’m sorry to say, is gawd awful, in comparison to other restaurants in town.

  • Rivendell9

    I would nominate the Union Hotel Restaurant in Occidental. Our food was severely overcooked, the place is dark and dirty and the staff has zero people skills!!

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