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‘Restaurant: Impossible’ coming to ABQ; looking for volunteers

Pasion Latin Fusion will be featured in an episode of the Food Network TV series, "Restaurant: Impossible." (Journal File)

Pasion Latin Fusion will be featured in an episode of the Food Network TV series, “Restaurant: Impossible.” (Journal File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Robert Irvine to the rescue.

The British chef and restaurateur will be in the Duke City on Wednesday, Dec. 18 and Thursday, Dec. 19 to film an episode of his TV show, “Restaurant: Impossible” at Pasion Latin Fusion, 722 Lomas NW.

The series airs Wednesdays on the Food Network.

British chef - and host of "Restaurant: Impossible" - Robert Irvine will film a show in Albuquerque.

British chef – and host of “Restaurant: Impossible” – Robert Irvine will film a show in Albuquerque.

In each episode, Irvine is given the “mission” of making the impossible possible by renovating a failing restaurant in two days on a $10,000 budget. After assessing the problems with the restaurant, Irvine typically creates a plan for the new decor, oversees the cleaning of the restaurant, reduces the size of the menu and improves the food, develops a promotional activity, educates the restaurant’s owners, or trains the staff as needed by each restaurant.


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According to Nicholas Smalarz, an associate producer, there will be a re-opening at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. The general public can call to make reservations for the night by calling Pasion Latin Fusion at 503-7880.

The episode will air in winter 2014.

Smalarz says the crew will need volunteers to help with the renovation of the restaurant over the two days.

Design volunteers will be painting, crafting, construction, remodeling, cleaning, decorating etc. (depending on your skill set). Always looking for skilled contractors as well in their fields to help out (electricians, plumbers, painters, etc.)

The days and times are as follows in three shifts:

1-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18;

8 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18;

10 a.m.-6 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 19.

Smalarz says these are volunteer positions, but meals will be provided. He says volunteers should be okay with being on camera and wear comfortable clothing & sneakers/boots with no logos.

Assistants are not limited to one shift.

If interested, please e-mail Smalarz at by Monday, Dec. 16th with your preferred shift or shifts, full name, e-mail address and cell number. Make sure to use the SUBJECT LINE: FN ALBUQUERQUE VOLUNTEERS.