Restaurant Impossible - Whistle Stop - CLOSED

Whistle Stop Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Whistle Stop in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Owner Linda Todd bought the business four years ago when the previous owners announced they were to close to the restaurant.

She is $200,000 in debt by borrowing money she couldn't paid back and has never paid herself a wage despite her doing everything in the restaurant.

Robert isn't a fan of the buffet and he refuses to even taste it and the food from the menu is terrible.

Some staff have a really poor attitude and bad mouth Robert whereas some feel that they are overpowered in their ability by Linda wanting to control everything.

Robert gives Linda a management pep talk and she commits to stepping up and not being afraid to sack staff.

Linda tells Robert that she is losing $15k a month and she owes a lot of money to various creditors and the IRS.

Robert suggested a breakfast service to help boost profit, gave the dining room a makeover and added new menu items.

The dining room is stripped out and given a huge makeover with a new bench, new buffet station and a new colour scheme.

What Happened Next at Whistle Stop?

A few months later, Linda had started a breakfast service and Brett is no longer working at the restaurant.

Yelp Reviews after Robert's visit were poor with negative comments on the buffet in particular.

Owner Linda posted the following on Urban Spoon following the closure in February 2013 -

"For all you haters of The Whistle Stop Restaurant in Hot Springs won't be able to write ugly reviews anymore cause I (CLOSED) the doors ....I got tired of working 7 days a week, and you didn't appreciate it...Worthless employees didn't show up and didn't bother to call in and they go out and talk about you behind your back....but you know who they call when they are in jail or need money ...

Maybe you should all go out and put in your own restaurant and then people will complain about you cause nothing you do is ever good enough for people.... you are the biggest whiners in the world....go anywhere in town and see if you can eat good food for 8.00 for lunch and 11.00 for diner. I am glad to close the doors maybe I can have a life just like you do...

I can spend time with my kids and grandkids instead of being up there working my cooking for you while you are enjoying you family, I feel sorry for all you people that only think of yourselves and never anyone else and complain all the time...shame on you for being such unhappy people."

Recipes in this episode

Slow Roasted Fried Chicken

Turkey Gumbo

Crisp Onion Rings, Spiced Ketchup

Seared Salmon with Pickled Watermelon Salad

Whistle Stop was Restaurant Impossible season 4 episode 11 and aired on October 03 2012.

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This post was last updated in November 2019.

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