Thursday, 29 October 2015

Restaurant Impossible - Salt Works II - CLOSED

Salt Works II Restaurant Impossible
Chef Robert Irvine travels to Wilmington, North Carolina, to a well established restaurant open since the 1970s but recently bought by best friends Michael and Jon and it is now struggling to stay open. Half the kitchen equipment didn't work properly so they had to invest in this which has led to them cutting corners to save money. The restaurant claims to offer good, home cooked food but it turns out that all of the food comes out of a can and the staff are unable to work together. 

To help rescue the restaurant, Robert changes the interior creating a more modern feel, the menu and works with the staff to help them work as a team. Robert wants to aim for a younger customer base due to the location of the restaurant and reaches out to local college students to come and try the food at the restaurant.

What Happened Next?

The reviews are mixed but mostly good since filming the episode, Yelp the reviews vastly improved during 2014 and 15 and Trip Advisor reviews are mostly good reviews. After filming owner Mike Thyberg said that they have been busy and there has been new younger customers coming to try the restaurant. 

They closed in November 2015, posting the following on Facebook.

"Well today is a sad day for most of the Saltworks II was our last day to be open for business . We want to say thank you to all of our loyal customers for your patronage and to all of our valued employees for your hard work over the last 6 years. It's been one heck of a run, but sadly it must come to an end.
We had planned on letting the public know today and had hoped to work through the weekend and go out with a bang, but due to the loss of some key employees mid-day today, we cannot staff accordingly. We're sorry for the short notice.
To those employees who were going to stick it out to the end... thank you. Thank you for your loyalty and hard work . Thank you for your early mornings and late afternoons. We will miss you and if you ever need anything from us, all you need to do is ask.
Thank you again to all of our customers. We are sorry that things are ending this way. We will miss seeing you every day or every weekend. We thank you for your support over the years.
SincerelyMike & JonSaltworks II"
The restaurant was sold for $660,000 in January 2017. 

This episode was episode 4 of season 1 and was aired on February 9 2011, there were 7 episodes in the season, airing from January to March 2011 and the closure rate for Restaurant Impossible Season 1 currently stands at 86%.

Recipes Featured in this Episode

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