LAPORTE | When Chef Robert Irvine’s makeover process is revealed, SEVEN restaurant owners Tonya James and Chad Cook will be with close friends, family and staff before opening their doors to the public.
The “Unlucky Number Seven” episode of Irvine’s “Restaurant Impossible” show will debut at 9 p.m. Nov. 27 on Food Network featuring the transformation of the restaurant located in the city’s downtown at 502 State St.
“We are closing our doors and having friends and family come in for the show and after from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., we will be having live music,” James said.
The restaurant was revamped, from the décor to the menu, when Irvine and his team, along with community volunteers and SEVEN staff, took over the establishment in September and worked continuously for days.
“This has been a positive experience but difficult at the same time,” James said. “‘RI’ made a lot of changes to the menu and how we prep, but the kitchen staff has nailed it now and we are ready to roll.”
With the recent news of SEVEN’s listing, James emphasized her and Cook do not want to sell but are exploring options.
“We want people to know that we listed only as a contingency plan and do NOT want to sell! If SEVEN gets busy and stays busy, we are going to take it off the market,” James said. “The community has a great place to eat and we are excited to provide that!”
James said the challenges of owning a small business include staying busy and pinpointing what it is people want. Her hope for the future boils down to the couple’s children, the number of which prompted the restaurant’s name.
“Our hope for SEVEN is that we stay a successful business for years to come, to provide a great place to have fantastic service and excellent food and to pass SEVEN down to our children,” James said.