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 (822)

  1. Jon says:

    Wow, there's a bunch of haters out there. Did your parents ever tell you that if you can't say something good about someone (something), say nothing. DA's

  2. @fllivin09 says:

    Just watched RI featuring Pelican Grill! I'm sorry but that Laura woman appeared fake, rude and like she was the queen bee. If the Pelican Grill fails I feel it'll be because of her attitude and demeanor

  3. Brian says:

    Where can you find those large utensils that were hanging on the wall in the back behind the bar? Those would be perfect in our kitchen.

  4. The interior renovation of the Pelican Grill is the least attractive I've ever seen on RI. Awful. Plain, cheesy, hideous. The white plastic trellis wall screens look cheap and ugly. The color 'scheme' is not pleasant. The bar stools are terrible, people won't want to sit on them for more than 5 minutes. That won't work. No one educated the designer on this job about restaurant seating. It looks terrible.

  5. Stu says:

    Fine report of the after effects…Does Laura wish to respond or defend her position??

  6. mamamia says:

    This place is basically a dive. Staff will either make or break a restaurant and this one will be broke by the wife.

  7. l sj says:

    I love the show, but hate that I am being forced to go online to see how things are going months later.
    I agree that it would be fine to advertise the web site for more details, but give us some follow up just
    for watching the show, without demands to go to the web site. thanks

  8. USCGrad94 says:

    I agree with the user above who stated that coming to the web site for updates means there is more time in the show for the transformation then so be it. I also agree that it would be great to increase the budget to maybe $15,000 for those larger resturants. RI does an excellent job, is tough when he needs to be, but still shows he has a heart. Sometimes I feel for the guy who builds all the changes, I think he has the toughest job of all!

  9. JO D says:

    Are you kidding you really thing they would not make you go to there website? Hello its called advertising. If they did not it would go against Roberts saying "its a business". And it must have worked your here.

  10. Robin says:

    i enjoyed the episode tonight, but felt sad for so many of these people. I have been in business with my husband for many years…most of our 22 years of marriage and it is NOT easy. I can really identify with the wear and tear on these folks, both the husbands and the wives. There are always things we the audience do not see or know about their lives or financial situation. Laura in particular doesn't look well. She looks beaten down and exhausted with no where to go, and John comes off in denial, or oblivious…and full of fear. His money DNA is fear, which is why he is terrified to order food in bulk – worried no one will show up to buy it. It's a vicious circle, they both look like they should be retiring. I don't know the sons ages, but they looked potentially old enough to step up, take some initiative, get needed education and take over the dream. Let Dad greet the customers and wow his crowd. Let mom stay home at night and rest and make food for the family when they get home and hear all about the night…..Just dreaming on their behalf. I wish them all the best and hope they can pull it together and recover.

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