John visits the 306 Bar and Bistro in Onehunga to see how he can make it into a winner.
John visits the stunning beach town of Mount Maunganui, where Main Street Café is fighting a losing battle to survive amongst the multitude of other eateries in the area.
John visits Whangarei's Piece A Cake, a café struggling to get a slice of the action. If it doesn't start turning a profit soon, the owner's dream of owning a café could put her family at risk of losing it all.
John Palino visits Lower Hutt's American-themed Cadillac Diner. With inexperienced owners and staff, this establishment needs help - and fast!
John Palino visits Cafe Cecille, situated in the picturesque Queen Elizabeth Park in Masterton. But Cecille needs a change for the better - and fast.
This week John Palino visits The Lemon Tree Café, a struggling establishment in the small village of Greerton, five minutes down the road from central Tauranga.
Bacchus - This week John Palino visits Bacchus in Blenheim, a restaurant competing with more than two dozen other restaurants, cafes and wineries in the region - and losing badly.
The L&P Cafe - This week John Palino visits the L&P Bar and Café in Paeroa, a family style restaurant, and information centre, that's struggling to keep afloat.
Strathern - This week John visits The Strathern. Situated on the outskirts of Invercargill, The Strathern is a café, restaurant, bar and gaming establishment all rolled into one, and it's swiftly going down the drain.
Tobys - This week's second season premiere sees restaurateur extraordinaire, John Palino, visiting Toby's restaurant in Titirangi. Will Palino be able to turn this struggling establishment into a successful restaurant?