'Restaurant: Impossible' host gives 'new restaurant and new hope' to Blue Orleans in Chattanooga

The Southside Chattanooga eatery Blue Orleans is shown in this Dec. 4, 2019, photo. / Staff Photo by Robin Rudd

With their family-run restaurant Blue Orleans losing between $15,000 and $20,000 a month, and the prospect of closing within weeks looming over them, chef Mike Adams and Cherita Bloodwirth turned to Food Network celebrity chef Robert Irvine for help.

Irvine visited Chattanooga in December to shoot his makeover of Blue Orleans, which was featured in a 90-minute episode of "Restaurant: Impossible" on Thursday night. Irvine arrived at Blue Orleans to find Adams and Bloodwirth in the process of a divorce, their teenage children working as the restaurant staff, an understaffed kitchen, poor food and service ... and two days to turn things around.

Adams and Bloodwirth opened Blue Orleans in 2007 after leaving New Orleans due to the devastation brought on by Hurricane Katrina. Although located in the thriving Southside neighborhood, Blue Orleans is within a month, the couple estimates, of closing its doors due to the inconsistency of food and service.