Campton restaurant makeover featured on cable channel reality show


CAMPTON — The makeover of the Country Cow Restaurant and Bar was "revealed" Wednesday evening on The Food Network's reality show "Restaurant Impossible."

The eatery is located on the west bank of the Pemigewasset River and overlooks the scenic Blair Covered Bridge.

The restaurant was visited two years ago by Shooters Inc., the Philadelphia-based company that produces "Restaurant Impossible," but was not chosen. The production company kept close tabs on the financial status of the restaurant over the past couple years and decided it was time to send Chef Robert Irvine and his crew. Along with the help of numerous volunteers who arrived from all over New England and a budget of $10,000, the transformation took place in just over 24 hours.

Irvine assesses all of the restaurant's facets and then overhauls its weakest spots by updating the menus, retraining the staff and implementing aesthetic changes with the help of his design team. Photos cannot be published until at least five days after the show airs.

Irvine created a new menu which involves fresh local produce and seafood. He also stressed that such an original location called for more of an original menu to stand out from the competition.

The Country Cow is open for lunch and dinner daily as well as Sunday brunch. The restaurant is located directly off Interstate 93 at Exit 27 in Campton and has an outdoor patio on the riverbank.