April 16, 2014

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Moss’ to celebrate its TV debut on “Restaurant: Impossible”

TV chef Robert Irvine is seen outside Moss’ Prime Rib & Spaghetti House during filming in October of the episode that will air Wednesday. (CT file photo)

TV chef Robert Irvine is seen outside Moss’ Prime Rib & Spaghetti House during filming in October of the episode that will air Wednesday. (CT file photo)

ELYRIA — Sandi Laubenthal, owner of Moss’ Prime Rib & Spaghetti House, is ready to celebrate.

The “Restaurant: Impossible” episode featuring the Elyria restaurant is set to air Wednesday on the Food Network, and Laubenthal, who has owned the well-known eatery for 11 years, is throwing a viewing party.

From 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., the restaurant will host a party with free hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and a cash bar for those who wish to see the new and improved downtown establishment.

Many have been anxiously waiting to see the reality show that filmed last year. Back in October, Moss’ was closed for three days while chef Robert Irvine and his crew blew into town with $10,000 and a plan to turnaround Laubenthal’s restaurant.

And, if the short preview the network has placed on its website to promote the episode is any indication, the show will be an interesting one to watch.

The network asks in the blurb: Can Irvine and his team rebuild the struggling restaurant and the family behind it in two days? The biggest hurdle to clear, the network said, wasn’t the food, which they characterized as subpar. Rather, it was Laubenthal, who they called bullish and stubborn, according to the blurb.

It is no wonder that Laubenthal, who has said little publicly about the experience likely because of a contractual agreement she made with the network, jokingly said on a flier for the viewing party event that the cash bar will be there to help ease the experience.

Nonetheless, guests who have been to the restaurant in recent weeks are praising the turnaround on the restaurant’s Facebook page leaving comments like “fantastic meal” and “awesome dinner” to describe their dining experience.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.