Restaurant Recovery has been said to combine Todd Graves’ passions for the restaurant business, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy (via Restaurant News). Over the course of an initial 10-episode run, viewers will see Graves and his team “working directly with local owners struggling to hang on by providing creative ideas and hands-on renovations to bring the restaurants back to glory,” according to a statement sent to Mashed. Todd’s team will include some “high-profile” types such as rappers Nelly and Snoop Dogg, actor Rob Schneider, football’s Archie Manning, Roquan Smith and Michael Thomas, the Rebirth Brass Band, La Mafia, and none other than Shaquille O’Neal.
For the first episode, Graves brings Snoop Dogg along with him when he heads to Los Angeles to lend a hand to Chili John’s. While Chili John’s has had its share of ups and downs since it first opened in 1946, the pandemic dealt a near-fatal blow (one of its major sources of income had been as a location for movie shoots). With debt mounting and no end in sight and an indoor dining ban in LA, Chili John’s is on the “brink of collapse” when Graves steps in with Snoop (via Food Network). With Graves’ “deep industry knowledge and undeniable passion for helping the community and restaurants in need” Restaurant Recovery’s premiere holds the promise of an emotionally satisfying denouement. With Snoop’s hilarious approach to food and foodie culture, watching his guest appearance should be at least half the fun.