A popular Food Network show is filming today and tomorrow at Aponte’s Pizzeria in Mason.
“Restaurant: Impossible” helps to turn around struggling restaurants by working with the owners to improve the menu, staff and decor.
Hosted by celebrity chef Robert Irvine, the brawny British restaurateur and his team of designers have 48 hours to revamp the eatery with a $10,000 budget.
A grand re-opening is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday. Reservations booked within 10 minutes of the announcement last week on MasonBuzz, said restaurant owner Tony Aponte.
Aponte said he learned to make pizza in his native New Jersey. The restaurant’s menu also features subs, salads and baked pastas. He opened the Mason eatery in 2005 and moved it into its current location at 312 Reading Road in 2011.
Cast, crew and restaurant employees are not allowed to discuss details of the episode until after it airs, which should be sometime in August, show producers say.
This is the second time in a year Irvine and his crew have filmed in Greater Cincinnati. The show filmed in August last year at Rohrer’s Tavern in North Bend.
Restaurant owner Lisa Kendall said business has remained steady since the episode aired in November and that she has “no regrets” about appearing on the show.