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  a family on the verge of falling apart. Owners Bill and Georgia Savvidis have owned the restaurant for over 20 years, they were part owners but took on extra debt to fully own the restaurant.  The business was successful but business has dwindled and they are losing $8000 a month. Their family work in the restaurant but son Steven  has been fired many times and now works at another restaurant but Bill would love to have him back They are 3-6 months away from closure. Robert arrives and notices a smell coming from the carpet, he meets the owners and learns about the history of the restaurant. Robert dislikes the entire decor and wants to witness a service so he has invited guests to eat. They are overwhelmed by the large menu and the kitchen is unable to cope. When the food is cooked it sits in the window getting cold, is returned to the kitchen and food is comped as a result, losing them money and customers. Bill gets upset and attempts to leave. 

Robert meets with Steve who feels that his dad doesn't listen to him and can tell that he would be an asset to the kitchen. There is also an issue with daughter Lambrini who comes in late and gives Robert sass. Robert finds a crust on the tomato sauce and the Chef admits that it has been there for days, potentially breeding salmonella. Their first task is to reduce the 400 item menu to just 5 items and Robert will add a few of his own and he challenges Steven to impress him in the kitchen. He feels he has the talent but needs a little practice as his food is unseasoned.  Robert trains the kitchen staff in basic food safety and Steve and Bill cook together well in the kitchen in a cook off competition that Bill wins. They take meatballs to the City Hall to promote the restaurant and the Mayor promises to attend. The revamped restaurant is revealed to the owners and they love the new changes.

On relaunch night, the customers love the new decor and the new simple menu. The kitchen is running smoothly and the customers love the new food. The staff and family are invigorated by the busy restaurant and have a new passion for it. 


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. 


Pastori's was  season 2 episode 6 and 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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