Restaurant Impossible - Hoffman's Bistro and Patisserie - CLOSED

Hoffman's Bistro and Patisserie Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Hoffman's Bistro and Patisserie in Santa Cruz, California.

At Hoffman's they are losing $20,000 a month, are in $2 million of debt and in desperate need of Robert's help.

To add to this the family are constantly arguing and the relationships are suffering.

Robert arrives and finds the dining room to be mundane, old and stale and discovers that the main problem is the lack of a clear identity, is Hoffman's a restaurant or a bakery?

The owner's son Adam was given the business but has not been allowed to make any changes in five years. He wanted to add a bar but his dad said no.

Robert samples the food and isn't impressed with the unseasoned food particularly the meatloaf.

He tells both the day and night cook that he would fire them for cooking food that bland.

Robert tells them they need to be strong on both or to focus their attention on just one identity as designer Nicole was also confused about the identity of the restaurant.

In the kitchen Desmond and Tim are taught a number of new dishes for the new menu using fresh fish as the restaurant is by the ocean including a crab roll.

The pastry cases which once displayed Ed's cakes were replaced with a wine bar and the restaurant is opened up.

On relaunch the customers love the new food and the new modern decor. The bar is also a big hit.

What Happened Next at Hoffman's Bistro and Patisserie?

Robert revisited and the finances have improved but they believe it will take another two years to be out of debt.

Although they were reluctant at first they believe that the bar was a great idea and have seen an increase in business from it.

They have added new menu items and wish to make a few tweaks to the decor.

Overall, they were happy with Robert's changes.

Hoffman's closed in January 2018 after they lost their lease.

Reviews on Trip Advisor and Yelp were mixed after Robert visited.

Recipes in this episode

Dungeness Crab Roll

Grilled Halibut Poisson Cru

Hoffman's Bistro and Patisserie was Restaurant Impossible season 2 episode 18 and aired on January 11 2012.

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This post was last updated in February 2020.

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