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Restaurant Impossible revamps Coach Lamp Restaurant

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Three months ago, Food Network took on a nearly impossible task, revamping Coach Lamp Restaurant.

It's a daunting challenge, turning around a failing restaurant in just two days with only $10,000.

Chef Robert Irvine stepped up to the challenge and into Louisville's Coach Lamp Restaurant.

Owner, Bill Darling, says, "It's a lot of work, it's mentally exhausting and you're here the whole time from sun up until well into the night."

Bill Darling opened Coach Lamp Restaurant 13 years ago, but has not been very successful.

"Prior to Robert coming and Restaurant Impossible coming, this was a white tablecloth restaurant so it was a little more formal," said Darling.

Casual elegance was not working. The atmosphere is the first thing Irvine changed. Irvine ripped off the table clothes and transformed the dining room. His team painted the tables black, and added red chairs. The change was not easy for the owners.

"We got along at the end of the show, we got along fine. Prior to the end it was pretty dicey, he's very opinionated and so am I," said Darling.

One thing they both agreed on was giving the patio a facelift. Irvine also simplified the menu. He stripped it down from 30 plus options to about 10 items, all under $20.
"Your per head charge is much less but your revenue has increased so that's a good thing and that tells you a lot right there," said Darling.

The show gave Coach Lamp a boost in business, something Bill hopes will keep customers coming.

Darling says, "So far so good I tell ya so far it's working out quite well our business has increased and we're happy about it."

Darling is introducing a new menu at Coach Lamp Restaurant in a few weeks. He's combining his old menu with the one Chef Irvine made and adding a new items.

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