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 stubborn and weary of change. They initially refuse to make the necessary changes to make the restaurant more modern. Robert is surprised to find five different menus on offer, there are so many different menu items that Robert orders a selection. 

The customers in the restaurant are confused by the decor and the large amount of choice on the menu. Robert hates the plates that the food is served on and finds the food to be bland, greasy and canned, frozen or from a packet. Robert tasks the owners with cutting the menu down but they struggle to decide on which items to lose. Robert finally persuades them to make some of his proposed 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 menu, scrapping many menu items. 

They also 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 to dispel the reputation of the Wild West Theme.  The makeover is revealed to Doug and Debbie who love the new look of the restaurant and Doug even falls to the ground in shock.

On relaunch night, the customers love the new bright and open decor and the new direction of the restaurant. The kitchen slightly struggle with the pressure of a full restaurant but overall they are able to cope and push out quality food that is well received by the customers, who promise to return. 


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. 


Dodge City was season 2 episode 1  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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