WTF is American Fusion?Aired on May 09, 2015
Mark Cammarano says he’s about to lose his Simi Valley restaurant because he’s being unfairly crushed by negative online reviews. When Mark comes face-to-face with his worst critics, will he opt to stick with his failing business plan or tackle the food and d cor issues head on? Chefs Andrew Gruel and Anthony Dispensa host this explosive restaurant rescue, and they have their work cut out for them when they attempt to help Mark fix the problems before it’s too late.
Showdown in Shrimp-TownAired on May 14, 2015
Nick, the owner of Arcadia, CA’s Shrimp House restaurant, has been getting into nasty online arguments with angry diners who have trashed his food, his ambience and his service. In an effort to save his struggling business, Nick will come face-to-face with these reviewers. Will he be open to making the necessary changes to his flavorless, brown-colored dishes and cluttered d cor? Or will he insist that keeping costs down as the only way to turn a profit? Chef/hosts Andrew Gruel and Anthony Dispensa will attempt to convince him that mediocrity is a recipe for disaster.
Meatball MeltdownAired on May 21, 2015
Terry, the owner of Guisseppe’s restaurant in West Hills, CA feels her fine-dining Italian restaurant is being destroyed by negative online reviews. She is down to her last dollars trying to keep the place open. When she confronts her harshest critics face-to-face, will she accept their suggestions to change her bland food, tacky d cor and aggressive attitude, or will she battle to keep things the way they are? Chef/hosts Andrew Gruel and Anthony Dispensa have their biggest challenge yet as they try to help Terry’s business survive.
Slammin' the SalmonAired on May 28, 2015
Mike and Susie Walsh, husband and wife owners of Redondo Beach restaurant Jimmy’s Bar & Grill, are down to their last pennies trying to keep the doors open of their beach-side eatery. They blame their struggles on unfair, negative online reviews. When Mike and Susie come face-to-face with their biggest critics, will they stand by their bland, generic food, depressing decor and inattentive service? Or will they listen to chef/hosts Andrew Gruel and Anthony Dispensa and work to turn this dreary mess into the beach hangout it needs to be.
Your Customers are Dying Off!Aired on Jun 04, 2015
The mother and son owners of Culver City steakhouse Dear John’s are losing tons of money every month, and they believe negative online reviews are to blame. When chef/hosts Andrew Gruel and Anthony Dispensa bring them face-to-face with their online critics, they find that the problems run so much deeper: horrendously outdated food, a dreadful ambience, and a geriatric client base. Can Andrew and Anthony help the owners fix these problems? Or will their business be six feet under?
Cater HatersAired on Sep 05, 2015
Chef Jen Story is a freelance caterer and owner of “Cooking Thyme” in Lawndale, CA. Even though she has managed to produce a successful catering business all by herself, Jen is quickly finding that running a restaurant is an entirely different beast. With a complicated menu, slow service, and cluttered decor, her new restaurant is already in danger of closing due to negative online reviews. Can chef/hosts Andrew Gruel and Anthony Dispensa convince Jen to make some changes? Or will her ego cause her to lose her dream and both of her business?
Health Hazard PizzaAired on Sep 05, 2015
Ramy Abdh & Damon Tavis are the owners and best friends of Uncle Red’s Pizza in Bellflower, CA. They thought that opening up a pizza place would be the perfect, easy way to lose their corporate identity and find their creativity. But with their off the wall creations, sub-standard food and disregard for cleanliness, these two are finding themselves struggling to keep the doors open due to their negative online reviews. Will chef/hosts Andrew Gruel and Anthony Dispensa be able to talk some sense into these guys, and bring their food past standard greasy pizza? Or will Uncle Reds find itself out of business.
This is Effing PersonalAired on Sep 12, 2015
La Pescadora is a family run Mexican restaurant in Whittier, CA that specializes in Mexican food with a bit of an American flare. But owner April Gallegos is at her wits end with online reviewers, saying that the food is bland, confusing, and tastes frozen. Can chef/hosts Andrew Gruel and Anthony Dispensa convince April to embrace her heritage and start serving real authentic, fresh Mexican food? Or will April lose her investment and have to close the doors to her restaurant?
Fish and Chip FiascoAired on Sep 12, 2015
British ex-Pat Sonny Sehmi and his American wife Sage are struggling after opening a British/Indian fish and chips shop in Alhambra, CA. With online reviews blasting their signature dish as too greasy, calling the other British dishes “too weird”, and the few Indian dishes also poorly made, this couple makes one final push with Sage’s 401K to revamp their restaurant. But when chef/hosts Andrew Gruel and Anthony Dispensa suggest a huge menu change, Sonny pushes back, insisting that if it’s not British, he’s not interested. Will Sonny be able to see past his own national pride and embrace this bold new idea? Or will this British Invasion fall short?
Up in SmokeAired on Sep 19, 2015
Lenny Bent, the owner of “Cooking with Lenny’s Smokehouse” in Chatsworth, CA is an eclectic individual who has fashioned his restaurant in his own very unique way: with singing waitresses, old western memorabilia, and a huge smoker in front…that barely gets used! Tormented by terrible online reviews and disappointed patrons, can chef/hosts Andrew Gruel and Anthony Dispensa help Lenny streamline his ideas into a modern concept? Or will Lenny’s dreams and passion go up in smoke?
Wake Up David!!Aired on Sep 19, 2015
David Chen recently purchased The Black Olive, an Italian restaurant in Lomita, CA that has been around for more than 20 years. But with bland food and an unwelcoming ambience, the restaurant is losing thousands of dollars per month. David is so paralyzed by fear of failure that he has neglected to make any changes, and is now suffering from terrible online reviews. Can chef/hosts Andrew Gruel and Anthony Dispensa help David rekindle the passion he once had for the Black Olive? Or will his first shot at owning a restaurant ultimately be his last?
Asian (Con)fusionAired on Sep 26, 2015
Guest hosts Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman, owners of “The Meatball Shop,” travel to Pasadena, CA to help the owner of Equator Caf conquer his terrible online reviews. Owner Teddy B. is in danger of closing the doors to his restaurant, due to his confusing and poorly executed dishes, apathetic wait staff, and completely offensive choices in artwork. Will Michael and Daniel be able to convince Teddy to change his ways, and possibly the entire concept of his restaurant? Or will the Grand Reopening for this restaurant be its final swan song?
Those Who Forget the PastAired on Sep 26, 2015
Chef/hosts Andrew Gruel and Anthony Dispensa count down the top five biggest restaurant redemptions on this season of Say It To My Face. They remember everything from the worst of the food, d cor, and attitudes to the best buzzworthy dishes and updated spaces. Andrew and Anthony share the most dramatic transformations, some of their favorite memories, and reveal all of the behind the scenes drama that you did not see on the show.