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Sal Cracco and Brenda Brewer opened Goombazz Big City Eatzz in Rock Island about a year ago. It will be the subject of a national television show to be filmed next week.

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A Rock Island restaurant will get a renovation next week on behalf of the Food Network TV series "Restaurant Impossible."

Goombazz Big City Eatzz, 2704 18th Ave., will close Tuesday and reopen Wednesday night. Chef Robert Irvine and a team of designers will transform the restaurant in two days at a cost of less than $10,000, said John Williams, an associate producer of the show.

"We will open the doors to the public and film the service as part of our show," Williams wrote in an email Thursday to the Quad-City Times. A broadcast date is expected to be known next week.

Reservations can be made by emailing him at jwilliams@shootersinc.com.

The show is seeking volunteers to help with the redesign project, and they can email Williams at the same address.

Goombazz opened during autumn 2011 in the food court of SouthPark Mall in Moline. It expanded its menu and moved to a former Godfather's Pizza location in Rock Island, where it was opened in October 2012 by Brenda Brewer and Sal Cracco.

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Its menu includes a variety of pizzas, sandwiches, calzones and pasta.

"Sal and Brenda came up with this restaurant because of their love for food from the big cities," according to an entry on the Goombazz Facebook page. "They are major 'foodies' and wouldn't hesitate to drive to Chicago for lunch to get the local flavors."

"Restaurant: Impossible" is in its sixth season on the Food Network. Irvine has more than 25 years of experience in the culinary profession, beginning when he joined the British Royal Navy at the age of 15. He has worked in the White House kitchen and cooked for parties held after the Academy Awards.

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