Sunday, 7 December 2014

Restaurant Impossible - Scrimmages - CLOSED

Restaurant Impossible Scrimmages

Episode Recap

Chef Robert Irvine visits Scrimmages Restaurant in EllingtonConnecticut, a sports bar run by four partners and with so many different opinions it was only a matter of time before everyone fell out with each other and the partnership fell apart. They are no longer making money and the relationships are beyond breaking point. Robert has his hands full with repairing both the restaurants issues and the relationships between the owners.

What Happened Next? 

Reviews after Robert visited were mostly negative on Yelp but average on Trip Advisor, it appears they went back to their old ways serving poor food and providing poor service. The restaurant changed ownership in November 2013 and became Catch 202.

Extra Reading

Scrimmages Yelp Reviews

Scrimmages Trip Advisor Reviews

Catch 202 Website

Catch 202 Yelp Reviews

Recipes Featured on the Episode

Dessert Nachos

Re-Stuffed Potato Skins

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1 comment:

  1. I live in Delaware and throughout the show I kept wondering where was this restaurant located. From some of the outdoor scenes, it appeared to be it's own building or possibly at the end of a strip mall. To my surprise it's located on Rt. 202, one of the busier roads that connects downtown Wilmington with some of the wealthier southeast Pennsylvania/Philadelphia exurbs. This restaurant is not visible from the main road; but instead, it's located in what I consider to be a very small office park situated behind a bedding store and an outdoor furniture store.

    I feel this is a very difficult location to operate either a bar or a restaurant for many reasons. While it is located next door to a hotel, an apartment, and a small college campus, the entire area is generally a suburb and not very densely populated. Without visibility from Rt.202, only the locals will know it's there and it's missing out from ever tapping into the tremendous amount of commuters that drive by it daily. Additionally, Rt.202 is filled with around 3 miles of competition -- everything from fast food, to indoor mall food courts, to mom-and-pops, and to regional and national chain restaurants.

    I think Robert Irvine did a great job of bringing in high profit margin items into their menu that could have helped the business generate the income it needed to survive. But without visibility to the commuters on Rt.202, the venue's obscure location certainly makes it very difficult to get a rotation of customers in there, let alone know that it's there in the first place. Unless if I missed this, I think the restaurant's challenging location is something that should have been addressed in the show.