The organic restaurant So Natural is revisited in ‘Restaurant: Impossible’
Chef Robert Irvine revisited the So Natural organic restaurant and market in Harker Heights, Texas to see how the business has been doing since his first visit. The Catering: impossible The revisited episode will air Thursday, February 13 at 10 p.m. on Food Network.
Irvine first visited So Natural in 2016. Upon arrival he met a family of seven who all worked at the company to keep things afloat. The description for the episode of “Revisited: Family Matters” said it was important for owners to leave the legacy of the business to their children.
The original episode aired on Wednesday April 20, 2016, and it was an ambush episode. The owner’s daughter called Catering: impossible ask for help. The owners were passionate about healthy food, but they had no restaurant experience until they opened their own restaurant.
So Natural opened in August 2013. As the episode aired, Gina Pence, CEO of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, was hopeful that it would help put the city on the map for people come to visit it.
Before Catering: impossible renovation, reviews were positive for the restaurant, with over 50 reviews and an average of 4.5 stars.
The restaurant closed after renovations
Originally after the renovations but before the episode aired, activity had increased by 50%.
In a post-show update, the owners’ daughter, Luvina Ann Norwood-Sabree, told KDH News that they couldn’t have kept the restaurant open if they hadn’t had the renovation.
“If this had not happened, the restaurant would not have survived,” she said.
The original episode focused a lot on family dynamics and the importance of being able to spend quality time with your family.
âThe show opened the door to the possibilities of our restaurant,â said Jameel Sabree. âThe process of getting more family time is moving slowly, but we’ll get there because we have a plan to get there now. “
Two years after So Natural Organic Restaurant and Market was featured on Restoration: impossible, they closed their doors. The family is now using the space for events, and they are in the restaurant business.
Owner Luvina Sabree told KWTX.com that she was grateful for the support from across the country after the episode premiered.
âThey came from everywhere. Arkansas, Connecticut when they saw the show, âshe said. âThey came to our restaurant to eat.
The family now runs So Natural Catering and operates as an all-natural catering service. They invite a public watch in their catering store for the revisited episode.
The catering company has positive reviews
The So Natural Market website says they offer dining and cooking classes. The entire catering menu can be viewed here.
While there aren’t many reviews mentioning catering on Google Reviews, the ones that did leave were five-star reviews. More recently, Facebook users have complimented their service.
âThe service is impeccable and the food is even better,â wrote one user.
âAbsolutely incredible service! I just had their homemade chicken pie and it was so delicious! It made me think of my childhood and the fresh home cooking. I would definitely take this meal again, âwrote another reviewer.
So Natural mentions on their social media that they open once a month to work with Killeen’s students with special needs. They help teach the employability skills of the students. They also hosted a Veggie and Art Festival in January 2020.
They said they spend a lot more time with their family now than before.