Saturday, 7 November 2015

Restaurant Impossible - Pastori's - CLOSED

Pastori's Restaurant Impossible
Chef Robert Irvine visits Ellington, Connecticut, where he finds not only a business on the verge of collapse but also  the Savvidis are a family on the verge of falling apart. Owners Bill and Georgia have owned the restaurant for over 20 years and it was once very successful. However, the success did not last, business has dwindled over the last few years and the restaurant is in it's last few months. Bill has fired head chef Steve, who is also his son, many times over the years and this caused problems with family relationships and the business. 

The customers felt the biggest brunt of this as the food quality suffered as the kitchen staff struggled to cook the 400 item menu! As well as the poor food from the struggling kitchen and the strained family relationships, Robert also had to deal with a terrible decor. The restaurant was given a makeover and a more light and airy colour scheme was introduced, the menu was streamlined keeping a few customer favourites and the kitchen staff were trained.

What Happened Next? 

They kept most of the new menu but bought back some old dishes. Yelp reviews are mixed after Robert's makeover of the restaurant. The negative comments seem to centre on the food as the reviews are often positive about the service. 

On 8th June 2014, the restaurant closed posting the below on Facebook - 
"Today, after 28 years, we CLOSED our doors. Thank you to all our loyal customers and our amazing staff over the years. We wish the new owners much success. The Savvidis Family."
The Hidden Still restaurant opened in it's place in August 2015 and reviews are mostly good. 

This episode was episode 6 of season 2 and was aired on August 24 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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