Copper Steer’s ‘Restaurant: Impossible’ makeover to premiere May 11

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Food Network: “Restaurant Impossible” Chef Robert Irvine, left, chats with Copper Steer Steakhouse owners Maureen and Parrish Blasius. The restaurant’s episode will air May 11 on The Food Network.

Staff Reports

SAFFORD – At the end of January, the family-owned Copper Steer Steakhouse invited The Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” Chef Robert Irvine to channel his inner MacGyver and turn the restaurant around.

The two-day makeover is sure to produce compelling television, and the world gets to see how it was done with the episode premiere Saturday, May 11.

The family-owned Copper Steer, located at 1206 E. U.S. Highway 70, previously had an old west motif and used fire-damaged trees from Mount Lemmon just outside of Tucson for its long, wooden beams. The restaurant’s back bar was also salvaged from the Hidden Valley Inn in Tucson after that restaurant closed. The steakhouse serves certified Angus beef cooked over an open-pit mesquite grill as well as other entrees.   

According to The Food Network, Irvine had his hands full to stop the business from hemorrhaging money and turn things around for the betterment of not only the establishment but the family as a whole. 

“Restaurant Impossible” returns with its season premiere Saturday, April 20 with “Restaurant or Relationship” as Irvine steps back in time at a struggling retro joint in Escondido, Calif. called Rosie’s Cafe. 

Other episodes include “Flight at Filomena’s” on Saturday, April 27, at an Italian restaurant in Costa Mesa, Calif., and “Mom Finds Her Mojo” at a San Diego Cafe on Saturday, May 4.

The Safford episode, “Smoky Steakhouse”, will then show Saturday, May 11. 

The show can be found on the Food Network and all new episodes air at 9 p.m.