Restaurant Revisited: Whiskey Creek Steakhouse

by in Shows, January 2nd, 2013

Robert Irvine on Restaurant: ImpossibleAt Whiskey Creek Steakhouse in Keyport, Wash., Robert Irvine found not just poor food and a dark, drab interior, but also untrustworthy staff members. After just two days, Robert had established systems that would help the owners, Pat and Karan Ziarnik, regain control of their restaurant and slowly pay off debt, and the eatery reopened as a welcoming, sophisticated steakhouse with crowd-pleasing food. We checked in with Pat and Karan a few months after their Restaurant: Impossible renovation to find out how the restaurant is doing today.

Pat and Karan tell us that October was a “very busy” month at Whiskey Creek Steakhouse. Since Robert left, they’ve begun to pay back some of their debt, and their overall financial situation is now “better than before.”

Thanks to the new, effective systems in place, Pat and Karan perform “a lot more double checks” to deter costly staff actions. Recently two staff members were let go, “mostly because they were caught doing other wrongs,” they tell us.

Both owners are working at the restaurant daily, and they say that customers have told them the food looks “clean” now. The most popular menu items are “prime rib and rib eye steak,” they note.

Pat and Karan have yet to make time for a date together, but they explain, “We have a dog that thinks he is our son, and we are stuck with him 24-7, but we love him.”

More From Restaurant Revisited:

Rising Sun Bistro (December 19)
Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri (December 9)
Bronk’s Bar and Grill (December 5)
Rohrer’s Tavern (November 28)
Poco’s on the Boulevard (November 21)
Oleander Bar and Grill (October 17)
Valley Inn (October 10)
Whistle Stop (October 3)
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 (219)

  1. Rick Stuart says:

    This should have been a joint episode with Mystery diners. Maybe they should follow up on this one.

    • Guest says:

      I was thinking the same thing! Either that or "Restaurant Stakeout." It could have been very interesting.

      • manuel says:

        Restaurant Stakeout is even faker than Mystery Diners. It's a shame that Food Network has resorted to showing these type of shows. I'm not naive, all reality shows have some set up to it, including Restaurant Impossible, but the aforementioned shows are at the extreme side of (un)reality TV.

    • manuel says:

      No, mystery diners is super-fake.

  2. nellie says:

    I have gone to whiskey creek in the past. I also had the best steak of my life there several years ago, in recent past the food and service had gone down and we had stopped going there. I was so glad to see it on the show today and will be back this week to try it again.

  3. nellie says:

    I have gone to whiskey creek in the past. I also had the best steak of my life there several years ago, in recent past the food and service had gone down and we had stopped going there. I was so glad to see it on the show today and will be back this week to try it again.

  4. KatM says:

    Whiskey Creek is a charming restaurant, my husband and I go there all the time. It was where we went on our first date and where we had our 20+ rehearsal dinner and it was fantastic the prime rib was great and the service was wonderful. We went for the Quirky atmosphere it was a unique place, somewhere that was completely different then any other restaurant I have ever been to.

    • shedav6 says:

      Which was exactly why we went besides the great food. We always recommended it. We won't know because now we know how the owners really feel about their staff.
      The new decor is crap!!
      The new menu is crap!!
      Bring back the old whiskey and quite being CHEAP pat and Karan.

  5. Jason says:

    I have been to this restaurant 6 times since 2004, and I have to say that the food has always been not too great. I have been back to see if it got better, but sadly no. Not even Robert could save this place.

    • Sturner says:

      We've been there with friends a few times over the years and have always found the food to be good. We haven't been in for a couple of years, but are planning to go back soon.

  6. David B. says:

    @ Stacy Norris – Where do you normally eat? Burger King, Chili's or Sizzlers? A good steak, prepared well, will cost you at least $24.00.

    • Suanne says:

      Here in Winnipeg at The Keg Restaurant, they charge that for a 10 oz prime rib that seems to shrink to a 6 oz with a baked potato and those dried but heated onions you can buy in bulk and no salad, so I stopped going there 4 years ago. As usual they give you warm bread which I don't eat to fill one up of course.

  7. Carrie says:

    Idiot? You must live in the sticks, $24 is not outrageous. Look at steak houses across the country and that is inexpensive.

  8. David B. says:

    Thank God that Robert had enough sense to not pick up that sledgehammer that he so loves to swing, as we've seen in other episodes.

  9. Edward says:

    Horrible service, expensive prices, and small plates of food.

  10. Sturner says:

    He didn't SET the price; that is what the price already WAS. That is how he was able to calculate how much money the restaurant should have been pulling in based on sales/price.

    Who's the IDIOT now?

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