3 Days to Open: Licari’s

by in Shows, July 27th, 2012

licari's 3 days to open with bobby flay
When Bobby Flay arrived at Gionni’s dream restaurant, Licari’s in Grand Rapids, Mich.,  just three days before the opening, he was almost positive they weren’t going to make it. Along with his wife, Lisa, co-owner of the restaurant, they invested everything — their house, sanity and marriage — but they were in the red, owing money to contractors and vendors, all while emptying their retirement fund and borrowing money from their parents.

Before Bobby could consider the task complete, he needed to help the husband and wife team fix these four crucial issues: Lisa’s unestablished role, poor food quality, a disorganized kitchen and unleashing the secret recipes from Gionni’s mom.

On opening day, Gionni said “he closed a chapter, but opened a new one.” Are things still running smoothly? How are Gionni and Lisa handling their new venture together as a couple? We checked in with Licari’s six weeks later to see how things are going after their visit from Bobby. Click play on the video below for a 3 Days to Open update.

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Comments (105)

  1. Antoinette says:

    I like Bobby Flay VERY much and the "idea" of the show is good HOWEVER it irks me that people who somehow can get money to open up restaurants with NO knowledge of what the heck they are doing and some as in the sausage show and the bakery cupcake show are just plain STUPID!!! NON thinking, uneducated people who get this tremendous HELP! When there are people REAL people who would LOVE to do the same HAVE the REAL abilities to do this but can't get one cent! Welcome to America. It is only for SOME!!!! Isn't it? YES! Everyone had $40,000 in savings and / or family to borrow $125,000 from and what they never tell you about it the tremendous INHERITANCES that so many certain people get that others never do! So they have every advantage to start! Life is SO UNFAIR and UNEQUAL even in "great" America.

  2. @madmaxbeach says:

    For those complaining about the web follow ups, it's done it's job. Most shows like this don't have follow ups at all and this is just supplementary anyway. it's a driver for their online content not a real wrap to the episode. Remember the point of the show was to get the business open.

  3. TIgerPages says:

    Loved the show on the Licari's, Bobby. Love the pizza and pasta dishes you all put together. Sicilian is the best! Just wish you were down in South Louisiana. Glad to see you are doing well with the new restaurant.

  4. jennyfoofoo92 says:

    Just tried Licari's for the first time today. DELICIOUS! Best pizza I've had in the area ever. Loved the Margherita pizza. :)

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