Sunday, 1 November 2015

Restaurant Impossible - Flood Tide Restaurant - CLOSED

Flood Tide Restaurant Restaurant Impossible

Chef Robert Irvine visits the Flood Tide Restaurant in Mystic, Connecticut, a once flourishing local restaurant, the restaurant now has a bad reputation in the local area, largely in part to owner Jody. Robert finds a very dated decor and menu and witnesses an evening service filled with problems he needs to solve including a filthy kitchen. The diners report that the food is either too bland or too salty and the Caesar salads served at the table slow down the service. 

Robert cleans up the kitchen and helps the staff to take pride in their work and to help to make them feel like valued staff members. He updates the menu including new menu items that use the previously neglected wood burning oven. He also redecorates the restaurant and works with the staff to help them manage their time better and to operate the restaurant with limited funds. They renamed the restaurant to The Wood Grill at Flood Tide during filming to help shake the negative reputation associated with the restaurant.

What Happened Next?

Owner Jody was not happy with Robert's changes including painting the panelling in the dining room. She reported that profits were slightly up but not enough to save the restaurant and that she was still struggling financially. Trip Advisor reviews were mostly good since Robert filmed the episode but Yelp Reviews were mostly poor reviews. The restaurant closed in November 2013 and was bought along with the adjoining Inn by new owners in March 2014 for $5.35 million. In June 2014, the restaurant was reopened, redecorated and renamed as "Harbour House".

This episode was episode 7 of season 1 and was aired on March 2 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%.

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