‘Restaurant: Impossible’ comes to Bowling Green

Donnie “Perky” Perruquet (left), owner of Wha Bah’s Steakhouse in Bowing Green, Ky stands next to Food Network’s Robert Irvine, host of the popular television show Restaurant: Impossible Tuesday January 13th, 2015 during a press conference held for the media. Perruquet has owned the restaurant since 2006 and is hoping that Robert’s transformation of the Steakhouse will turn his fortunes around. The grand opening of the store was held at 7pm Tuesday and is now officially open to the public. (Luke Franke/WKU Herald)

Tanner Cole

The local WhaBah Steakhouse is opening with a completely renovated interior and overhauled menu, courtesy of the Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” reality show.

The show spent $20,000 to completely redo the restaurant. The program targets struggling establishments and uses funds and community volunteers to help them back on their feet. WhaBah was selected due to severe financial problems.

The owner, Donnie “Perky” Perruquet, reached debts of about $250,000 trying to keep the restaurant alive, according to the show’s host Robert Irvine. Irvine is confident the renovations will turn Perruquet’s luck around.

“There will be nothing in this area that will touch this restaurant,” Irvine said.

Irvine, who famously offers brutal critiques to restaurant owners on the show, said WhaBah needed a better sense of identity. He stood alongside Perruquet during a press conference and yelled to enliven the storeowner. Before the conference began, producers asked press not to ask Irvine, known for his intense physical workouts, any personal questions regarding his workout routine.

Perruquet, perhaps feeling inspired by his overtly-energized instructor, vowed to “stop treating customers like friends instead of customers.” With a new sense of financial responsibility, he’s looking to keep WhaBah, which originally opened its doors in 2006, alive for many years to come.

The episode of “Restaurant: Impossible” featuring WhaBah will air on the Food Network in eight to ten weeks, according to the show’s producers.