Restaurant owner Tom Krukemeyer isn't sure he'll be watching.
"I'm probably not going to," Krukemeyer said. "I don't know what they edited out, what they left in."
in mid-August to revamp the menu and decor of the 20-year-old Tex-Mex restaurant on the corner of Pearl and Whitney roads.
But shows like that are notorious for making restaurants -- and their food and staff -- look as bad as possible before the chef makes them over.
Here's how the Food Network website describes the episode:
"Chef Robert Irvine finds himself in a prickly situation as he travels to Strongsville, OH. Here, he comes face-to-face with the Mad Cactus restaurant and he immediately sees why the cactus is so mad. This dark, dirty and disgusting Tex-Mex themed restaurant, along with its lackadaisical owner, upsets Robert to no end, but it's when he finds out that they're not even cooking 'real' food that things really get heated."
That description wouldn't sit well with any restaurant owner. But Krukemeyer, who is bound by a gag order from discussing the makeover till after the show airs, can only say he expects the worst.
On , he offered up one word for the experience: "Brutal," he said, shaking his head.
In with the New
In Restaurant: Impossible, Irvine spends two days at a struggling restaurant, critiquing the menu, staff and decor, then revamping all three.
The jam-packed menu was replaced by a handful of choices, plus a salsa bar.
A $10,000 makeover gave the Mad Cactus a brighter, airier look. Gold-ish wallpaper has been replaced by white walls with dark brown accents.
The patterened carpet is also gone, replaced by wood-look flooring. Small cactus plants sprout from stones in planters around the perimeter of the dining room.
Krukemeyer said business has gone up about 20 percent since the makeover.
"I'd say 97 percent of the people really like the new look and the salsa bar," he said.
Back to the Old
The new , although it has changed somewhat since the TV crew left town.
Make that, changed a lot.
Shortly after the TV crew left town, Krukemeyer brought back the popular chicken wings and ribs, as well as the taco salad and fajita salad. He added a "pick three" choice of three entrees, returned to the original quesadillas and will return to the original nachos on Saturday.
He kept Irvine's fish entree and a few other things.
"It's our menu again," he said. "The big thing we kept from them was the salsa bar."