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Restaurant Impossible - Whiskey Creek Steakhouse - CLOSED

Whiskey Creek Steakhouse Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Whiskey Creek Steakhouse in Keyport, Washington owned by Pat and Karan Ziarnik.

The restaurant is deep in debt and as a result they lost their house, sold their cars and cashed in their savings and life insurance policies.

When Robert arrives at whiskey Creek Steakhouse he finds a dark, smelly, dated restaurant covered in wood and stuck in a timewarp.

Robert observes a service, meets General Manager Joan and discovers the food is very poor quality and under seasoned as well as issues.

The staff make basic errors such as touching the food they are serving and due to a lack of management they let customers leave without paying for meals leading to over 100k of lost revenue.

Owners Pat and Karan aren't regularly in the restaurant and also haven't moved with the times after being open 20 years and they don't keep records on a computer.

Their costs have gotten out of control and they have lost track of the finances leading to unaccounted for losses in income.

Robert revamps both the dining room, replacing the bar and brightening up the decor.

The menu is relaunched as a casual steakhouse because they sell a lot of steak and is a huge hit with the customers on relaunch.


What Happened Next at Whiskey Creek Steakhouse?

A few months after filming they had a good couple of months of business after the show was filmed and had begun to pay off their debts.

They moved from the location featured on the show to a bigger location across the road and brought back the old restaurant with the old menu, live music and the kitsch decor.

They told the local press that they had made a mistake appearing on the show and regretted many of the changes made during the show.

Reviews after the episode was filmed were mixed with complaints on service, small portions and inflated prices.

The previous location was sold, probably due to the increase in value of the space following the revamp in the episode.

Pat and Karan retired in November 2013, passing the business to their employees.

Whiskey Creek Steakhouse closed in August 2016.

They announced the closure by posting a sign in the window of the restaurant.


Recipes in this episode

Peppercorn Demi NY Strip Steak with Olive Oil Poached Mushrooms

Coconut Walnut Halibut


Whiskey Creek Steakhouse was Restaurant Impossible season 5 episode 5 and aired on January 02 2013.

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This post was last updated in October 2019.


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