"Restaurant Divided" is a reality series that pits two warring factions in a failing, family-run restaurant - each with a different vision of how to save it - against each other to determine who has the best plan. After dividing the entire restaurant space in half, each group is given a limited time and budget to transform their space into their vision for a new restaurant. Then, the two restaurants open and compete, side-by-side, by serving real customers over a period of two nights. The concept that does best overall in customer reviews, critic reviews and profitability will be the one that unites the restaurant again. (Source: FOOD Network)
Michael's Porthole, a waterfront seafood restaurant on Long Island, N.Y., is struggling to survive after a string of disasters left the restaurant in serious disrepair. Owner Michael believes the original restaurant can survive if they can get out of debt, while his son and executive chef, Mike Jr., feels strongly that an Italian concept will get diners in the doors year round. Chef Rocco DiSpirito intervenes, dividing the space and helping them develop their menus: After opening both restaurants for one night, Rocco decides which concept will give the family the best chance of success.