(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 2 | View All Season 2 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: August 3, 2011
Snooty Fox Address: 1435 E 86th St Indianapolis, IN 46240
Snooty Fox was an Indianapolis, Indiana restaurant featured on Season 2 of Restaurant Impossible.
Though the Snooty Fox Restaurant Impossible episode aired in August 2011, the actual filming and visit from Robert Irvine took place before that.
It was Season 2 Episode 5.
Snooty Fox, an English-style pub, is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Tim and Cathy Queisser, a husband and wife duo, have been the owners of Snooty Fox for thirty years.
During the first twenty-six years in operation, the Snooty Fox was very successful, but it has started to decline within the last three years, which is why you’re watching the Snooty Fox Restaurant Impossible episode.
Due to the state of the economy, locals have stopped visiting.
The customer base is mostly older people who do not spend much money.
The owners have invested their savings into the restart, which is now in mounting debt.
Their three children are all college-aged, and Cathy and Tim have borrowed from their college funds to support the Snooty Fox.
Tim loves the Snooty Fox and wants it to stay open. Anything he can do to keep the doors open, he will.
Robert Irvine arrives and is unimpressed by the décor.
He meets with Tim and Cathy, who tell him they haven’t paid themselves in more than a year.
Their savings and children’s college funds have been depleted, and they are in danger of closing if Robert isn’t able to help them turn it around.
Both Robert and Cathy think that the stress of the Snooty Fox has stressed Tim out too much that it has made him complacent.
Nothing in the restaurant has been changed or improved in twenty-five years. If you’re not improving, it’s tough to stay competitive with new restaurants opening up in the area.
Guests of Robert Irvine come for dinner service so he can watch how a service works.
Tim then tells Robert that the head chef of the restaurant quit the night before.
Robert offers to have someone come in and assist with the service but notices the disgusting state of the kitchen.
He refuses to allow anyone to cook in the kitchen the way it looks. Roaches are crawling around the floor, and the kitchen has not been cleaned in one year. Super gross!
After apologizing to the customer, Robert makes phone calls to try and discover a new chef.
He finds two cooks and invites them in for an interview.
Cheryl from the design team meets with Robert, and the pair discuss the changes that need to be made to Snooty Fox if it’s going to be successful.
Brandon has been a chef for ten years, whereas Chris has been one for fourteen.
The kitchen is still too filthy to cook in, so everyone, including the interviewees, cleans the kitchen.
The mess in the kitchen becomes too much for the staff to handle.
Robert has to call in a professional service to deep clean. He meets with Cheryl and tells her he needs to take $1,000.00 from her budget to pay the cleaners.
The kitchen is finally cleaned, but there is only one stove, so the prospective cooks cannot cook.
Robert teaches them bangers and mash dishes they will need to recreate the following day.
Before leaving that day, Robert meets with Cheryl again, who says that the floor and bar will be complete by tomorrow.
When Robert Irvine comes back the next day, he is upset that the design team has not progressed very much.
He tells them he needs the space ready by 3:00 PM to have time for the service and testing the chefs.
The prospective cooks return, and Robert challenges them to make his bangers and mash dish and one of their favorite English meals.
Brandon is cooking an English classic, fish, and chips, while Brandon makes pasties.
Robert tastes both men’s dishes and thinks they taste delicious.
Tim is going to decide on who is hired. He meets with both cooks individually to see who he believes will work well with him.
After they meet, Tim hires Brandon as the new head chef. Chris offers to stay for the night to help.
Tim’s stress is now relieved with the new cooks in the kitchen.
The menu is modified to be English-themed to match the concept of the Snooty Fox.
Robert Irvine takes Tim to the streets to advertise the relaunch.
The pedestrians on the street love the food and promise to try the restaurant.
A long line of patrons waiting to come in for the relaunch, but the team is running behind.
Soon the new restaurant is revealed to the family, and they are impressed.
At first, the kitchen is overwhelmed, but soon service picks up, and they get consistent.
Everyone loves the new food and décor.
So was the Snooty Fox Restaurant Impossible episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and how the restaurant is doing in 2024 and beyond.
Snooty Fox Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Snooty Fox Restaurant Impossible episode, let’s talk about what happened to the restaurant after Robert Irvine and his crew left Indianapolis.
Is Snooty Fox from Restaurant Impossible still open?
Snooty Fox closed in October 2011, which is only two months after the Snooty Fox Restaurant Impossible episode aired on TV.
Unfortunately, it seems like this one had no chance and the changes from Robert Irvine really never got an opportunity to work their magic.
The Snooty Fox owner said that the show boosted business for a bit after airing but it didn’t last and wasn’t enough to sustain the business.
As of 2022, the old Snooty Fox Indianapolis location is occupied by a new restaurant/brewery called Big Lug Canteen.
Reviews for the new restaurant seem quite good as it has a 4.5 star rating on over 500 reviews on its Yelp page.
So while Snooty Fox wasn’t able to stay open, this location at least seems to be doing well.
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Last updated: 2022-06-02 05:27