Robert Irvine and his crew are off to Stella’s Dine-Inn Restaurant in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, for this week’s new ambush episode of Restaurant: Impossible, on the Food Network.
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Robert finds himself in New Kensington after the restaurant owner’s daughter Jamie Lynn, reached out for help after witnessing constant, out-of-control fighting between her mother Stacy Mazzotta, who is desperate to keep the restaurant going in her late husband’s memory, and her brother, Dom, who serves as the main cook.
Robert and the crew are faced with design struggles due to the restaurant’s large space, while also dealing with a family being torn apart.
The makeover at Stella’s took place on September 30, and October 1.
Interestingly enough, Stacy’s son, and cook, Dominic Mazzotta is also a professional MMA fighter and one of the most popular fighters in Western Pennsylvania. Mazzotta, a bantamweight champion, is scheduled to fight next week in a non-title bout at Pinnacle FC 12. He claimed the Pinnacle FC title earlier this summer with an impressive showing against Varon Webb at Pinnacle FC 11. You can watch that match below:
Robert sent out the following call for help on Facebook:
Restaurant: Impossible is coming to Pittsburgh and is looking for volunteers to assist with painting, construction, remodeling, cleaning, decorating, etc. Skilled contractors are always an added bonus!
The volunteer schedule is as follows:
Shift #1 – Wednesday, September 30th: 12pm to 7pm
Shift #2 – Wednesday, September 30th: 7pm to 2am
Shift #3 – Thursday, October 1st: 10am to 6pm
Volunteering is a great way to meet people in your community, while contributing to a good cause! Meals and water will be provided. Additional details:
- You must be 18 years or older to volunteer.
- Any and all volunteers may be on camera.
- Volunteers should wear comfortable clothing with sneakers or boots (no logos).
- You may volunteer for more than one shift, and feel free to bring friends and family!
The Reviews are in:
When we say the reviews are in, what we really mean is very few reviews are in. Yelp only features a handful of reviews for Stella’s dating back to mid 2011. However, there has been one review since the makeover and it’s quite positive.
- This restaurant recently went thru a very nice decor and menu changes. It is wonderful. Some old favorites are still there like the wings,Stella sticks, and d & m pizza. But new additions and special are always fresh and delicious. Staff as always are still friendly and courteous. It a must in New Ken.
Since the makeover, three new reviews have appeared on Trip Advisor, and all read very positive. Here’s an example:
- This restaurant was amazing before, now it is spectacular, they have an updated menu and décor. They have a wonderful bar and plenty of specials for drinks and food.
- this is my second review of Stellas , they have changed the menu and the inside since the food network shot the tv show Restaurant Impossible there….all i can say is I liked it even more then the previous review, great new menu, some fantastic specials…
- Love new menu, great taste and large portions. Bright interior, staff friendly and knowledgeable about menu.
On Social Media and Around the Web
Day two of Restaurant Impossible at Stella’s in New Kensington is done- and a great success! It was great seeing my friends Dave Plowden, Tom Bury, Gabe and Angelo Russomanno, Ryan Coyne, Ninja, and of course, Chef Robert Irvine! I also finally got to meet Lynn Kegan and Marc Summers, not to mention all the great people who came out and volunteered! This is truly a life-changing experience every time! A photo posted by Marcy Fulton (@snackattacklady) on
— David McKinney (@MMAMcKinney) October 5, 2015