The Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible” show, hosted by chef Robert Irvine, will tape an episode Jan. 9-10 at Mama Della’s N.Y. City Pizzeria, 8190 Jefferson Highway in Baton Rouge.
The show features Irvine trying to save America’s most desperate restaurants from impending failure in just two days with only $10,000. The show airs on Wednesday nights on the Food Network, with this episode airing in the fall or winter of 2014.
The network is seeking volunteers to help renovate the restaurant over the two days. Volunteers will be painting, crafting, construction, remodeling, cleaning and decorating. Skilled contractors such as electricians, plumbers and painters also are sought. Meals will be provided to volunteers, who need to be comfortable with being on camera. Volunteers are asked to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers or boots with no logos.
Work shifts will be 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Thursday to 2 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Jan. 6 with your preferred shift or shifts, full name, email address and cell number, with a subject line of FN BATON ROUGE VOLUNTEERS.
There will be a grand re-opening at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. The public can make reservations for the night by calling Mama Della’s, (225) 454-6911.