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The Trails Eatery Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits The Trails Eatery in San Diego, California, owned by a father and daughter team and run by Stacey Poon-Kinney.

The Trails is a small yet delightful restaurant but Robert soon discovers that they are in a dire financial position and are very close to closing.

They bought the business for over $200,000, overpaying for the business and were already in $600,000 of debt before Robert arrived and losing $5000 per month.

In order to be able to make more money they expanded the restaurant to seat an extra 50 people but they are not getting the extra customers to recover the costs of the work.

Robert was impressed with the food and the cleanliness of the restaurant but quickly recognised that the prices were far too low and with every service they were losing money by undercharging for their dishes.

He also suggested that they start to open for dinner service as he had confidence in chef Lisa.

The decor is given a small makeover with a fresh coat of paint and he creates new menu items with Lisa.

They also promoted the restaurant on a local radio station.

What Happened Next at The Trails Eatery?

Shortly after the show aired they reported that business was up 80% and there is often a queue at breakfast.

Their revenue has tripled over the last 5 years and they continue to get customers come to the restaurant who have seen the show on reruns.

In 2017, they were forced to discontinue the dinner service as they were only breaking even and due to increased staffing costs following a raise in minimum wage in the state.

Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews are mostly good since Robert visited.

Some of the decor had to be changed following a flood in the restaurant.

The Owner Stacey Poon-Kinney appeared on Food Network show "Next Food Network Star" finishing in fourth place.

The Trails Eatery was Restaurant Impossible season 2 episode 10 and was aired on September 211 2011.

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This post was last updated in October 2019.

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