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Food Network’s ‘Restaurant: Impossible’ Invades Wilbraham

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WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WGGB) — A hit Food Network show has made a stop in western Mass. to help a local restaurant.

Wednesday, a team of volunteers, as well as a production crew, descended on Abudanza on Boston Road in Wilbraham.

Hosted by Chef Robert Irvine, Restaurant: Impossible works to improve restaurants – that are struggling for one reason or another – in two days and on a $10,000 budget.

It was a busy scene outside Abudanza restaurant in Wilbraham. Workers lift furniture out, the production crew catches the action, and fans just wait for the moment Chef Robert Irvine walks out the door.

“This is probably one of the biggest things that happened in town for a while” says Hannah Ross.

10 year old Zachary Black traveled all the way from Rhode Island to meet his idol.

“I’m a very good cook and I’m making my own restaurant called Zach’s Snack Shack,” Black says.

The reality star saw Abudanza restaurant for the first time Wednesday morning. He has a big plan for this small business.

“The menu is going to get totally revamped, the place totally revamped, attitude adjustment with the staff,” Irvine explains.

The Chef may appear to be a tough guy, but he stresses the meaning of the show is to help real people and to solve real problems.

“Lou and June have a great family, seven kids, and one is terminally ill… this is for them,” Irvine says.

[Is this going to be possible?]

“Phew, that’s a good question,” Irvine comments.

But he takes the journey in Wilbraham one moment at a time, making dreams come true for his fans, and changing the future of a struggling family business.

With 118 episodes of success, Chef Irvine can guarantee one thing: “It will be the place to come.”

The Abudanza episode is expected to be broadcast in the fall.

You can CLICK HERE for more information on Restaurant: Impossible.

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