Food Network's 'Restaurant: Impossible' renovates Windsor 75 Diner
By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Aug. 8, 2013
The Food Network is getting ready for another season of its television show, “Restaurant: Impossible,” according to associate producer John Williams, and recently gave a makeover to a local eatery. The official air date of the program featuring Windsor 75 Diner and Restaurant has not yet been scheduled, but a film crew and team of construction workers set up tents in the restaurant’s parking lot on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Renovations and filming began the same day, and proceeded for the next two days.
A few days prior to filming, a statement was released inviting the public to make reservations for the restaurant’s grand re-opening on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 8. The owner’s son said reservations were entirely booked within 30 minutes. Although the family restaurant was still in progress as of noon on Thursday, Aug. 8, Williams said the grand re-opening was taking place later in the day.
“We need something that is going to grab people’s attention, a special dish,” said Heather Johnson, a life-long Windsor resident. She said the current restaurant has a slow pace, attracts an older crowd, and has typical diner food.
“I want to see it thrive,” said Johnson. “Most businesses that have gone into that building have failed. It would be nice to see something succeed.” Johnson said that prior to Windsor 75 Diner, there was a florist and later a fine dining establishment at the location. Both seemed to do well for a few years, then went out of business. It is the mission of “Restaurant: Impossible” and its host, chef Robert Irvine, to make sure the struggling restaurant succeeds.
Typically, episodes of “Restaurant: Impossible” premiere on Food Network approximately three months after filming takes place, according to the associate producer. The restaurant owner said he and workers of the restaurant are under contract with the network and are unable to comment about the process until five days after the episode first airs.