The Food Network is coming here next week to give a local restaurant a makeover. An episode of “Restaurant: Impossible,” hosted by Chef Robert Irvine, will be filmed at Padre Rita Grill on July 23-24. According to the show’s publicity, the “Restaurant: Impossible” challenge is to “save America’s most desperate restaurants from impending failure in just two days with only $10,000.”
Padre Rita Grill will be a beneficiary of the challenge as the Food Network crew will give the restaurant a new look and menu in just 48 hours. The producers have issued a call for Islandarea residents who want to be a part of the show. They are looking for volunteers to help with the design and construction phases of the project. Volunteers are needed for shifts on July 23 from 1-8 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and on July 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers will paint, craft, construct, remodel, clean, decorate and perform other tasks depending on their skills, according to a press release. Meals will be provided to the volunteers and they may appear on camera.
The grand finale will be July 24 at 7 p.m. when the refurbished Padre Rita Grill opens. The public can make reservations for the opening dinner service by calling the restaurant at 956-761-7482.
Interested volunteers can contact associate producer Jayson Elmore at rivolunteer@shootersinc. com with name, email address, cell number and skills or related profession such as a plumber or painter.