Todd Graves travels to Dallas to visit Smokey John's Bar-B-Que and Home Cooking, a restaurant built from the ground up and owned by two brothers carrying on their father's legacy. Todd must bring his business acumen to help the owners, who are keeping all their employees afloat even though they can barely pay the bills.
The 107-year-old Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis has been in the same family for three generations and even made it through the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918. Now the owners are struggling to keep the lights on. Todd Graves gives the place an amazing renovation and recruits a local hero, rapper Nelly, to help boost sales.
Todd Graves is in Denver to visit My Brother's Bar, a legendary family-owned bar that has been in continuous operation since 1873. It has been barely keeping itself profitable with outdoor dining, but with the winter months coming, Todd must help the owners before the weather threatens to put an end to all of it.
After overcoming a battle with drug addiction and homelessness, Chef Natalie opened the eclectic restaurant "eat." in Las Vegas with the help of a $225,000 loan she received as part of a city revitalization project. Now COVID-19 has cut her profits so deeply that the restaurant will be closed within three months unless Todd Graves can come up with a solution to make up for the drastically reduced dining capacity.
Open since 1946, Chili John's in Los Angeles was rescued from imminent foreclosure three years ago by a retired Coast Guardsman and his wife. Overnight, COVID-19 knocked out both of their sources of income -- the employees from nearby studio lots and the film industry that would regularly use their charming location as a set. With mounting debt and no end in sight for the complete indoor dining ban, Chili John's is on the brink of collapse. Todd Graves brings in his team and special guest Snoop Dogg to help save the business.
Todd Graves travels to New Orleans to visit Domilise's Po-Boy and Bar, a family restaurant that has epitomized the local community spirit for over a century by serving up great food and hospitality. But now the restaurant is on the verge of bankruptcy because the tiny indoor dining space is too small for proper social distancing. Special guests football player Michael Thomas and football legend Archie Manning join Todd, along with musical group Rebirth Brass Band, to bring Domilise's back to its former glory.
Todd Graves returns to his hometown of Baton Rouge to help Poor Boy Lloyd's, a legendary seafood spot in Louisiana. The owner purchased what is now the longest-running restaurant in downtown with savings from working on oil rigs for 20 years. The restaurant serves as the sole source of income for the family, and the threat of closing down grows closer every day as precious few of their tables are ever occupied. Special guest Shaquille O'Neal joins Todd to help save this beloved restaurant.
Todd Graves is in Chicago to help the father and son owners of Mr. Beef on Orleans, an iconic Italian beef shop that rose to fame in the late '80s. In the immediate aftermath of COVID-19, their sales dropped to a few sandwiches a day, a loss compounded by a 300-percent hike in beef prices. They've rebounded a bit, but their sales are still down, and they're in desperate need of Todd's help. With a refresh of the dining area and new ideas for bringing in customers, Todd enlists the help of football player Roquan Smith to help save the business.
Todd Graves heads to Irma's Original in Houston, a well-known restaurant and staple for Mexican food. After the shocking and unexpected death of her husband in 1989, Irma got herself out of the fog of grief by opening a small sandwich shop that slowly morphed into the institution that exists today. But now it's all on the line as the nearby baseball stadium can no longer guarantee the throngs of customers that visit Irma's before and after games. Grammy-winning musical group La Mafia joins Todd to put Irma's back on track.
Owned by a mother and son, Curry Corner has been an Indian restaurant staple in Phoenix for nearly 10 years. However, since the pandemic began, the family-owned business has had to let go of a lot of their staff, and the owners have not paid themselves in months. Todd Graves enlists the help of special guests Rob Schneider and football player DeAndre Hopkins to help Curry Corner weather the storm.