Is Robert Irvine Ever Worried The Health Department Will Shut Down Restaurant: Impossible Locations?

If you're a fan of reality television restaurant makeover shows, you're familiar with the creepy-crawly critters, dead mice, and gag-triggering spoiled food that lurk in some professional kitchens. Let's face it: A restaurant owner who agrees to reveal back-of-the-house dirty corners and grease-encrusted gadgets in exchange for a last-ditch effort to save the business is already on thin ice, so when a television show like "Restaurant: Impossible" shows up to record it all and blast it nationwide, are they risking the wrath of the local health inspector? 

The answer, according to "Restaurant: Impossible" host Robert Irvine, is not likely. That's because the production company works with the local health department to ensure violations are addressed and remedied before the business reopens after the makeover. Irvine set the record straight via Twitter when he responded to a fan (who identified themselves as a lawyer) who expressed concern about owner liability after the crew packs up and moves on to their next project. "Legally when we show them I have to help fix them," Irvine tweeted. "Secondly, we get inspected lol on all our work by local authorities."

Not every Restaurant: Impossible location can make it

Airing its 18th season in 2021, according to Food Network Gossip, "Restaurant: Impossible" has answered calls for help from 188 restaurants. Of those, 108 have closed, three have been sold, and 77 remain open. A closer look at Food Network Gossip's season-by-season tally shows improved statistics in recent seasons with 46 of 48 restaurants filmed in the last five seasons still open. That doesn't mean they didn't face huge hurdles, though. 

Food Network went so far as to create a hall-of-shame style list of the most challenging restaurants and owners. Remember the 2012 episode featuring Italian Village in Milmont Park, Pennsylvania? The father-son team desperately needed Irvine's help to heal their relationship and address, among other things, a rodent problem. Food Network reports the owners got the mouse issue under control. Unfortunately, the restaurant closed a couple of years after filming. Though Irvine might be able to get a restaurant through an initial health inspection, he can't stick around forever.