Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Restaurant Impossible - The Trails Eatery - OPEN

The Trails Eatery Restaurant Impossible

Chef Robert Irvine visits The Trails Eatery in San Diego, California, owned by a father and daughter team and run by Stacey Poon-Kinney. He finds a small yet delightful restaurant but Robert soon discovers that they are in a dire financial position and are very close to closing. They overpaid for the business and were already in masses of debt before Robert arrived after expanding the restaurant to seat an extra 50 but not getting the extra customers to recover the costs.

Robert was impressed with the food but quickly recognised that the prices were far too low and every service they were losing money by undercharging. He also suggested that they 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? 

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. Their revenue has tripled over the last 5 years and they continue to get customers who have seen the show on reruns but they were forced to discontinue the dinner service due to staffing costs. 

This episode was episode 10 of season 2 and was aired on September 211 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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