Restaurant Impossible - Whistle Stop - CLOSED

Whistle Stop Restaurant Impossible

Chef Robert Irvine visits Whistle Stop in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where owner Linda is doing everything, she bought the business when the previous owners announced they were to close to the restaurant. 

Robert isn't a fan of the buffet - refusing to even taste it, the food is terrible, some staff have a really poor attitude and Linda tell 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.

What Happened Next?

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

This episode was episode 11 of season 4 and was aired on October 03 2012, there were 13 episodes in the season, airing between July to October 2012 and the season 4 closure rate currently stands at 77%

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