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    Morgan McCloy - mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
    Owners David and Dana Cohen, along with daughter Abbe, stand in front of the fireplace at Sweet Tea's Restaurant in Pineville on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The fireplace is one of many renovations made when the restaurant was featured on Food Network's show "Restaurant Impossible." In the show, a celebrity restauranteur makes over a failing restaurant by aiding with things such as interior design and menu layout. David was one of 3000 people who filled out an application to be on the show. MORGAN MCCLOY-mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
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    Morgan McCloy - mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
    Adam Fincher stirs an apple juice brine in the kitchen at Sweet Tea's Restaurant in Pineville, North Carolina on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The show was featured on Food Network's show "Restaurant Impossible," which sends a celebrity restauranteur to make-over failing restaurants. As part of the show, the cooks in the restaurant were re-trained. MORGAN MCCLOY-mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
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    Morgan McCloy - mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
    "Got Tea?" shirts are available for sale at the front of Sweet Tea's Restaurant in Pineville, North Carolina. The employees also wear the shirts. Owner Dana Cohen says the shirts are popular among customers. MORGAN MCCLOY-mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
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    Morgan McCloy - mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
    Owners Dana and David Cohen, along with daughter Abbe, stand in front of the fireplace at Sweet Tea's Restaurant in Pineville, North Carolina on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The fireplace is one of many renovations made when the restaurant was featured on Food Network's show "Restaurant Impossible." In the show, a celebrity restauranteur makes over a failing restaurant by aiding with things such as interior design and menu layout. David was one of 3000 people who applied to be on the show. MORGAN MCCLOY-mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
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    Morgan McCloy - mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
    Each table at Sweet Tea's Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina has a menu and silverware laid out when customers arrive. The menu features of wide variety of southern comfort food. The menu was revamped when the restaurant was featured on Food Network's show "Restaurant Impossible." The show features a celebrity restauranteur who helps make over failing restaurants. MORGAN MCCLOY-mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
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    Morgan McCloy - mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
    In December 2012, Sweet Tea's Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina experienced many renovations when it was featured on Food Network's show "Restaurant Impossible." Failing restaurants can nominate themselves for the show, and if chosen a celebrity restauranteur performs a restaurant make-over. The interior of Sweet Tea's was completely revamped. Since the show, the restaurant sees a 200-300 percent increase in business. MORGAN MCCLOY-mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
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    Morgan McCloy - mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
    In December 2012, Sweet Tea's Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina experienced many renovations when it was featured on Food Network's show "Restaurant Impossible." Failing restaurants can nominate themselves for the show, and if chosen a celebrity restauranteur performs a restaurant make-over. The interior of Sweet Tea's was completely revamped. Since the show, the restaurant sees a 200-300 percent increase in business. MORGAN MCCLOY-mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
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    Morgan McCloy - mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
    In December 2012, Sweet Tea's Restaurant in Pineville, North Carolina experienced many renovations when it was featured on Food Network's show "Restaurant Impossible." Failing restaurants can nominate themselves for the show, and if chosen a celebrity restauranteur performs a restaurant make-over. The interior of Sweet Tea's was completely revamped. Since the show, the restaurant sees a 200-300 percent increase in business. MORGAN MCCLOY-mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
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    Morgan McCloy - mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
    In December 2012, Sweet Tea's Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina experienced many renovations when it was featured on Food Network's show "Restaurant Impossible." Failing restaurants can nominate themselves for the show, and if chosen a celebrity restauranteur performs a restaurant make-over. The interior of Sweet Tea's was completely revamped. Since the show, the restaurant sees a 200-300 percent increase in business. MORGAN MCCLOY-mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
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    Morgan McCloy - mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
    David Cohen cooks pasta for a pasta salad dish at Sweet Tea's Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The show was featured on Food Network's show "Restaurant Impossible," which sends a celebrity restauranteur to make-over failing restaurants. As part of the show, the cooks in the restaurant were re-trained. MORGAN MCCLOY-mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
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    Morgan McCloy - mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
    David Cohen demonstrates how to create large flames while sauteing peppers for a shrimp and grits dish at Sweet Tea's Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The show was featured on Food Network's show "Restaurant Impossible," which sends a celebrity restauranteur to make-over failing restaurants. As part of the show, the cooks in the restaurant were re-trained. MORGAN MCCLOY-mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com
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    Cupcrazed Cakery owner Heather McDonnell.
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    MELISSA CHERRY - mcherry@heraldonline.com
    Cupcrazed Cakery owner Heather McDonnell, left, and sister-in-law Debbie McDonnell won "Cupcake Wars" on Sunday on The Food Network.
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    - COURTESY OF FOOD NETWORK
    Kicking off the Champions series, our first four returning bakers will compete against each other for the chance to serve their super hero cupcakes at a VIP party for the most talked about show on Broadway, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark; as seen on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, Season 6.
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    - OBSERVER FILE PHOTO
    Cupcrazed Cakery owner Heather McDonnell.
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    - OBSERVER FILE PHOTO
    Cupcrazed Cakery owner Heather McDonnell.
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    These custom cupcakes, made to look like they're topped with popcorn, are just one example of the type of cupcake Heather McDonnell will debut at her cupcake shop, Cupcrazed Cupcake Bar, opening this fall in Baxter Village. Jenny Overman/Fort Mill Times
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    - COURTESY OF GARY GAGNON
    Gary Gagnon of Remyxx.
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    JOE MARUSAK - jmarusak@charlotteobserver.com
    Sisters-in-law Madeline Baucom (left) and Enza Friedman are opening Maddy's Fatty's in Cornelius soon.
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    Cupcrazed Cakery owner Heather McDonnell.
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    - COURTESY OF MADDY'S FATTY'S
    Maddy's Fatty's.
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    2012 Observer file photo - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte entrepreneur Gary Gagnon, who his 100% recyclable sneakers at his Charlotte home April 30, 2012. Gagnon will appear on hit ABC show Shark Tank on May 18.____Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
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    2012 Observer file photo - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte entrepreneur Gary Gagnon, who his 100% recyclable sneakers at his Charlotte home April 30, 2012. Gagnon will appear on hit ABC show Shark Tank on May 18.__Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
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