Restaurant Revisited: Pelican Grill

by in Shows, April 25th, 2012

Robert Irvine swooped into Seabrook, Texas, to help owners John and Laura Walker save their breakfast and lunch spot, the Pelican Grill. The Walkers filled us in on how business is going a few months after their Restaurant: Impossible makeover.

Three months later, the Pelican Grill is thriving with a 40 percent increase in business and expanded hours that include dinner service.

The success comes on the heels of a bizarre setback. One month after the renovation, a car crashed through the front door of the restaurant in the middle of the night, causing $6,000 in damages. Thanks to the generosity of friends and family, repairs were made quickly and the Pelican Grill remained closed for only eight days.

Suppliers now deliver food twice a week to the restaurant, giving John the time he needs to properly manage the front of the house. He makes just a few trips a week to buy fresh fish.

John and Laura are hiring more staff to handle their boom in business. Laura created new job descriptions and checklists to help hold employees accountable. The head cook, Oscar, quit, along with a few servers. Oscar’s replacement now manages the back of the house. With the recent success, the owners have promoted their son Bob to night manager.

“Chef Robert truly wants everyone to succeed and only tells the truth,” Laura and John wrote, reflecting on their Restaurant: Impossible experience. “Everything he says needs to be said and heard by the owners and staff.” To Robert and the entire Restaurant: Impossible team, “we could never thank you enough for your kindness, concern, knowledge and dedication. All of you are our extended family.”

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Comments (831)

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  2. vishal says:

    Simply Awesome :)

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  4. sukaku says:

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  5. Patty Luce says:

    this site does not care what anyone has to say about their shows or their recipes. I've been watching it for years and even before they had a web site. TRUST ME..THEY DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK!!! And never will, as long as you tune in. Deleted from my channel selection. Unfortunately, I cannot delete local channels, which carry Rachel's show. How do you really make a hamburger the same size? I am a total retard and cannot figure that out…OHHHH!!!..I need applause now cause you finally told me!!! OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!!! Do you have any other clothes than the SILVER skirt that makes your hips look like the size of NEBRASKA????

    • John says:

      I would not pay much attention to you either. Your post is completely irrelevant to the content of the story.

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  6. Terry S says:

    I'm confused. I look at the top of the page and I'm reading about the revisiting of The Pelican Grill,, which I had just finished watching that episode, and NONE of the comments seem to be about this episode, or topic! What am I missing?

    So, I now make what i think to be a relevant comment about the story… First and foremost, what Robert Irvine does to help the restaurants is just wonderful. This particular episode was touching because it shows what it truly takes to become a restaurant owner. You can't just walk off the street and declare yourself "all-knowing" in the food service. At the end of the tv episode, it didn't tell the progress of the Pelican Grill, as I had seen in other episodes, so i worried that it failed. Upon reading the above story, I'm glad to hear that they are doing well despite the car incident. I wish them the best of luck!

  7. sharon says:

    interesting – thanks for the link

  8. Joseph says:

    I just wished that this restaurant has several branches right now… and i hope they will open another branches here in our place.
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