Restaurant Revisited: Stella’s

by in Shows, August 8th, 2012

Restaurant Revisited: Stella's

In Stratford, Conn., Michael Savoie and his mother Cami needed Robert’s help to keep their 15-year-old Italian restaurant, Stella’s, alive. Despite working exhausting 90-hour weeks, Michael was clueless about food costs and lacked the leadership skills to effectively manage his staff. From management to decor, Robert and his team gave Stella’s a complete overhaul. We checked in with the Savoies a few months later to see how business is going.

In the months following their Restaurant: Impossible intervention, sales at Stella’s are up 20 percent.

Michael is letting his mother have access to the business financials. He now has a better grip on how to manage food costs. As the new general manager of Stella’s, Cami is also handling the catering side of the business and helping to keep costs down.

The new, improved sauces are a big hit, as is the new pizza menu — Stella’s Special and the Popeye are customer favorites. “Now our menu is a combination of Robert’s new dishes and our old menu items, and it seems to have something for everybody,” says Cami. “The menu is still about half the size it used to be, so it’s helping us keep inventory costs down too.”

After Robert helped Michael with his managerial skills, the staff is now under control and more respectful. “The staff has been really flexible as we have gone through changes. The waitresses are happier with bigger tips, and the cooks love the smaller menu,” says Cami.

The Savoies say guests love the new decor: “We get a lot of requests to sit at the booths in the atrium, and the new bar is catching on,” says Cami. They have switched out the tabletops and are now using the ones Robert’s designer Taniya made that weren’t dry for the re-opening.

Overall, the Savoies are thrilled with the increase in sales and are optimistic that the business will only go up from here. “It was a facelift we needed, but couldn’t afford, so we’re grateful,” Cami says.

More from Restaurant Revisited:

Italian Village (August 1)

Zandi’s (July 25)

The Main Dish (July 18)

Longbranch Steak and Seafood (July 11)

Horton’s Kids (June 13)

Pollard’s (May 30)

University Grill (May 23)

Ristorante Barolo (May 16)

Pappas (May 9)

Mama Lee’s (May 2)

Pelican Grill (April 25)

Valley View (March 14)

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Comments (174)

  1. Anna says:

    Does anyone remember the name of the paint they used in the redecor? River something? Something to do with water… :) Thanks!

  2. Tim says:

    Love all the shows. People should be so greatful for Robert's help. All they have to do is listen. Look forward to every episode. Congrats on the wedding…,

  3. pat Lazion says:

    Hi agree – will not watch now that I MUST go to website for update.

  4. RogerasinDodger says:

    I don't suppose you've ever taken an English class?

  5. Leilamar says:

    I love everything about Robert show, it is amenzing

    how he can leader.

    • Gail Wilhelm says:

      I actually stay up to watch even when it's on late at night..I get up for work at 5 a.m. and all I ask is that they put the progress of the restaurant they makeover up in the corner once again! It's our chance to cheer for the owners and offer a bit of a cheer for all the hard work the designers and builders do! Thamks Guys! :) all of you!

  6. Fckdgzup says:

    ni alla är dumma. döda er.

  7. dag says:

    You're gonna refuse to watch your favorite show? That's good logic. Why do you even need the follow-up? Just pretend that every owner became successful millionaires….if you need a fairy-tell ending

    • ReturnEndings2Show says:

      then why are you here? seems you wanted a Follow up as well or you wouldn't be here.

      guess you want a Fairy Tale Ending as well as well?

      • ReturnEndings2Show says:

        yeah typo with "as well" But i expect the Grammar Police to come soon though. and while i'm at it Anymore Shallow Minded Jerks? really i think this is the very same Disgruntled Troll.

        Since its not a registered User, but guess what all you do is put my Post right back at the top again, so thank you for that :p

        • Priya says:

          You also sound selfish

          • ReturnEndings2Show says:

            you also sound nagging, and have to make a comment to every comment i do?

          • ReturnEndings2Show says:

            last i checked you really shouldn't swear on public friendly areas that anyone can view.

            Another thing you sound like the very say Troll that says "Grand Parents" very same. strange huh?

            and you Clearly miss the point like the others though. but you know i thank you for Responding. you put my topic back at the top for another day :D thank you so much :)

  8. Priya says:

    What are you saying?

    • ReturnEndings2Show says:

      from Google's Translate they said

      ""I hate you. you should shoot you a few times in the head with a big thick arms. do not breed.""

      and the language is "Icelandic" o.o

  9. Coffee Man says:

    Can't wait until I get up to CT again so I can try this place out. I am only a short train ride away.

  10. Fckdgzup says:

    Sorry. Account hacked. Say those things did not I.

    • ReturnEndings2Show says:

      its ok things like that Happen, i hope the hacker only did it to your account and not the entire pc.
      Good luck to you.

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