Monday, 2 November 2015

Restaurant Impossible - Dodge City - OPEN

Dodge City Restaurant Impossible
Chef Robert Irvine visits Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to help turn around Dodge City and prevent the restaurant from closing after more than 30 years in business. The owners Doug and Debbie Krick are in $600,000 of debt and have seen a large number of competing restaurants open in the area in recent years.  The restaurant has a long running Wild West theme but the owners are weary of change and refuse to make the changes to make the restaurant more modern.

Robert eventually persuades them to make some changes to the restaurant including changes to the menu and changes to the decor in the dining room. They simplified the menu from the 5 different menus they had to just one, scrapping many menu items and lightened up the walls, put down new flooring, added a new divider and took down most of the bull horns, statues and the tacky road sign. He also changed the name of the restaurant slightly to Dodge City Steakhouse.

What Happened Next? 

Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews are mostly good since Robert visited the restaurant, some customers were left confused by the partial makeover but they later completed the renovation by completing the bar and banquet room themselves. They kept Robert's menu in place for dinner with some slight tweaks and name changes to some of the items. Robert Irvine returned to the restaurant a year later and was impressed with the restaurants progress and the food he was served. He further revisited 5 years later with wife Gayle and was still impressed with the restaurant. 

This episode was episode 1 of season 2 and was aired on July 6 2011, there were 18 episodes in season 2 aired between July 2011 and January 2012 and the closure rate for Restaurant Impossible Season 2 currently stands at 67%

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