Parents' Guide to

Flip That Restaurant

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Business-focused spin-off has some tense moments.

TV TLC Reality TV 2008
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This Flip That House spin-off highlights some of the real challenges associated with any property flip -- like dealing with contract laborers, bad weather, and shipment delays. But unlike people who flip houses, restaurant owners must also make sure that their kitchens meet city codes, that they obtain appropriate business licenses, and that anxious investors are satisfied after they've sunk money into a high-risk venture. Also unlike buying and selling a home, restaurant owners continue to feel the pressure of staying open and turning a profit in a business where few succeed and reputation is everything.

Not surprisingly, challenges like endless and costly permit delays, union labor issues, and budget-busting construction mistakes lead to some yelling, screaming, and cursing as restaurant owners go from being excited about their venture to experiencing all-out panic when things go wrong. The cursing is bleeped, and many of the problems are solved, but these tense moments aren't ideal for young viewers. Still, for those who are interested and/or mature enough to handle it, the series does offer an honest, mildly entertaining look at what goes into opening a restaurant.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 8, 2008
  • Cast: Cam Clarke
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: September 19, 2019

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