OLEAN — At the end of the Oct. 17 episode of The Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible,” celebrity chef and host Robert Irvine said The Oleander Bar and Grill is poised for a bright, successful future.
Mr. Irvine made his assessment at the conclusion of filming the episode in July. The one-hour show depicted Mr. Irvine’s work in two days to flip the restaurant on East State Street from a struggling venture to a well-run operation and one of the area’s premier dining spots, all on a budget of $10,000.
Now, nearly three months later, Kelli Truman, owner of The Oleander, said it’s still too soon to tell exactly how much of an effect the television show will have on her restaurant, as the overhaul delivered mixed results for the business.
“I absolutely love the dining room remodel they did,” Ms. Truman told the Times Herald. “He did help me, too, because I did give the staff too much license to do what they thought, and we had too much inventory. He reinforced things, like that we didn’t need 30 cases of beer on-hand all the time.”
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