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Food Network show to do makeover of Pasión Latin Fusion

An episode of the TV show "Restaurant Impossible" is scheduled to be filmed at Pasión Latin Fusion in the Downtown Albuquerque area this week. The show airs on the Food Network. (Journal File)

An episode of the TV show “Restaurant Impossible” is scheduled to be filmed at Pasión Latin Fusion in the Downtown Albuquerque area this week. The show airs on the Food Network. (Journal File)

Robert Irvine to the rescue.

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

The series airs Wednesdays on the Food Network.

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.

According to Nicholas Smalarz, an associate producer, there will be a re-opening at 7 p.m. Thursday. The general public can call to make reservations for the night by calling the restaurant 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, doing construction, remodeling, cleaning and decorating – depending on their skill set – and the show is always looking for skilled contractors to help out, such as electricians, plumbers and painters. There will be three shifts on the following days and times: 1-8 p.m. and 8 p.m.-2 a.m. on Wednesday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Thursday.

Smalarz says these are volunteer positions, but meals will be provided. He says volunteers should be OK with being on camera and wear comfortable clothing and sneakers/boots with no logos. Assistants are not limited to one shift.

People interested are asked to email Smalarz at by today with your preferred shift or shifts, full name, email address and cellphone number. Make sure to use the subject line: FN Albuquerque Volunteers.

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