Restaurant Revisited: Whistle Stop

by in Shows, October 3rd, 2012

Restaurant: ImpossibleWhen Robert Irvine arrived at Whistle Stop restaurant in Hot Springs, Ark., he found an outdated dining space and dirty kitchen in desperate need of a makeover. Linda Todd, employee-turned-owner of Whistle Stop, needed Robert’s help to transform her restaurant into a profitable business and effectively manage her staff. We checked in with Linda to see how the restaurant is doing a few months after its Restaurant: Impossible renovation. Hear from the owner below then take a photo tour of the restaurant and see before-and-after snapshots of the Whistle Stop’s dining room and buffet station.

Since Robert left, the restaurant has begun breakfast service, which Linda says “is doing pretty well” so far. “We started doing breakfast a little over 2 weeks ago and it is doing pretty well. Hopefully it will continue to grow.” She also notes that Brett does not work at Whistle Stop anymore.

In terms of the decor, Robert turned to designer Lynn Kegan to take what was once a dark and drab dining room with multicolored holiday lights, faux greenery and dated black chairs and turn it into a bright, relaxing area with comfortable, contemporary silver seating.

Restaurant: Impossible

Restaurant: Impossible

Additionally, the team improved the flow of Whistle Stop by moving the buffet station from one side of the restaurant to the other.

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“What I love about the Whistle Stop,” said Lynn, “is that we took an outdated buffet and layout that just consumed space and reimagined the look and layout to make it more customer friendly.”

Tell us: What do you think of the new space?

More From Restaurant Revisited:

The Maple Tree Cafe (September 26)
Michele’s (September 19)
Paliani’s Restaurant (September 12)
Frankie’s (September 5)
Gusanoz (August 29)
Stella’s (August 8)
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 (298)

  1. Christy says:

    You been had Chef Robert Irvine, you got con by greatest artist, made the Resturant and (chuckles) it close now it Pizza joint. Wow nice Resturant and no I have not eat there cause one look got turn away!

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  3. SiggyP. says:

    Everybody deserves a 2nd chance……….however I'd never eat in a place such as that. We the customer should be given a chance to see the kitchen or read the Health Department Report !!!!!

  4. ALS says:

    While I understand that the dirt and filth was the fault of the owner and the workers, wouldn't the Arkansas Food and Health Department also have some blame? I mean seriously, when Robert finds such disgusting contamination in these places it really makes me wonder why the health department has not already done their job and shut them down.

    As for the show, I haven't found an episode or situation or that I did not like. Robert may be tough, but he is knowledgeable, firm, fair and respectful and he and his team are a delight to watch each and every time.

  5. Lynn16 says:

    I agree. Most normal people would want to make a good impression knowing that they are going to be on TV. Makes you wonder if they are capable of turning things around.

  6. Bob says:

    Then that wouldn't be good TV. :)

  7. Lynn16 says:

    Better yet, put the victims of food poisoning on TV. I'm sure they've got a lot to say – especially if they have been in the hospital or are still in the hospital.

  8. Cesar says:

    I agree with Dave it would make the show better!!!

  9. Jennifer says:

    That isn't a bad idea. A Food Network Chef who isn't that popular right now and who isn't all over the TV maybe a good idea. HOw about one of these chefs discuised in a restaurant Sandra Lee, Bobby Brown, Emeril Lagasse and Rachael Ray

  10. Pat says:

    Great idea! A show each season could have undercover diners check out the season's resturants. That would be an awesome show!

  11. Lynn16 says:

    Uh oh!! There goes Robert's TV show.

  12. Heather says:

    By the looks of that restuarant Arkansas DOES NOT have very strict guide lines!!

  13. Anton Ego says:

    I agree. Owners probably have to agree to not do anything to the place before crews arrive.

  14. Julie - Florida, says:

    RI has been to alot of dirty restaurants in alot of different states so I don't think it is only in Arkansas that alot is being overlooked. The owners and employees need to take the majority of responsibility.

  15. imanut says:

    What are you smoking?

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