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Restaurant Says Business is Good After TV Makeover

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KALISPELL - Six months ago the Rising Sun Bistro was featured on a Food Network reality TV show that gives struggling restaurants a makeover.
     
Since November, crews worked around the clock to transform the old restaurant into a new and improved Rising Sun Bistro.

"It's been really great, there's been a lot of people that are traveling from all over the country and the world even that have seen the show and want to come in and check it out," Bistro owner Jennifer Griffith said.

It was a year ago when Griffith and her family watched an episode of Restaurant Impossible on the Food Network where Chef Robert Irvine takes on the challenge of reviving struggling restaurants in two days on a $10,000 budget.

With the old restaurant in desperate need of cosmetic changes Griffith thought the bistro would be perfect for the show. "It was a pretty long process through skype and pictures and interviews and sending a TV crew out to interview and then we were chosen," Griffith said.

Ultimately Chef Irvine and the Food Network agreed the bistro would make a great feature for Restaurant Impossible. Chef Irvine and crew members arrived in Kalispell and began renovating painting and redecorating the restaurant in just a matter of days.

"They gave us all new tables and chairs, they painted the brick which really brightened up the restaurant and made it a very fresh, exciting and French Mediterranean bistro," Griffith said.

Griffith said the business has done well and she is grateful for the communities continuing support. The Rising Sun Bistro is the first restaurant in Montana to star on the Food Networks  "Restaurant Impossible."

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