Gwen Fowler



Murrells Inlet restaurant gets redo on “Restaurant: Impossible”

Posted 4/20/2013 9:46:00 PM

“Father Knows Worst” is the title of the episode of “Restaurant: Impossible” featuring a Murrells Inlet restaurant, set to begin airing on the Food Network Sunday, April 21.

Old World Italian got a renovation Jan. 23-24 from the TV crew led by Chef Robert Irvine, who owns restaurants in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton

George and Teresa Hayek and their son, George Hayek Jr., opened Old World Italian soon after George Jr. graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 1995.

George Sr. apparently is the father who knows worst. The promo for the episode on the show website says: “Despite growing health and financial problems, George and Teresa can't seem to hand over control to their culinary-trained son, George Jr. Will Robert's tough love approach be able to fix 16 years of old habits in two days?”

Old World Italian has a loyal following, but the Grand Strand has so many restaurants, and business has not been as strong as the family would like in recent years.

Restaurants apply for the renovation on the popular reality show. In two days and spending $10,000, Irvine tries to turn around a struggling restaurant. Sometimes he updates the menu or redecorates. In the case of Old World Italian, a number of entrees were eliminated from the menu, and the restaurant got a new look.

The recipe from the episode featured on the show’s website is for veal marsala.

Irvine always seems a bit harsh on the show, sometimes bringing restaurant owners close to tears. But when I chatted briefly with George Hayek Jr. at Taste of the Inlet in late January, he said Irvine was kind and great to work with. (I wonder if George Sr. would say the same after seeing the title of the show.)

Irvine owns eat! in Hilton Head Island and Nosh in Bluffton.

The episode will air at 10 p.m. Sunday, April 21, and then repeat at 1 a.m. Monday, April 22; 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 24; and midnight Wednesday, April 24.