Restaurant Revisited: Windseeker Restaurant

by in Shows, January 16th, 2013

Robert Irvine on Food Network's Restaurant: ImpossibleFor Windseeker Restaurant in The Dalles, Ore., the problems went beyond a tired dining room and lackluster food. They had been battling negative press for years, and owner Veta Bingman and general manager Patty Taylor faced a constant struggle to attract customers to their out-of-the-way location, despite the breathtaking river views that surround them. In just two days and with a $10,000 budget, Robert Irvine and his Restaurant: Impossible team transformed the eatery into a sophisticated space complete with a high-quality menu that would improve Windseeker’s local reputation. We checked in with Patty a few months after Robert left to find out how the restaurant is doing today.

Comparing year-over-year numbers, Patty says that “Business is up by $30,000″ following the renovation, and she adds that the cost of food and wages has increased as well. Since their Restaurant: Impossible experience, the staff has not borrowed money from the restaurant.

Veta has allowed Patty to run the restaurant within her role as general manager, which recently has become more important than ever, as Veta has been in and out of the hospital. Patty is no longer bartending or cooking lunch, but she continues to be a front-of-house server and has also taken on the responsibility of ordering supplies for the restaurant. Despite these demands, Patty tells us that she was able to take a vacation in October.

More From Restaurant Revisited:

Whiskey Creek Steakhouse (January 2)
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)

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Comments (442)

  1. Amy says:

    Very intelligent comment. Good job.

  2. MuddyFuddy says:

    Bag-o-pot? Are you sure that wasn't oregano? Did you have it tested?

    • Terry says:

      The guy is staying in a treatment facility and they have been babysitting him and his issues the whole time he has worked at the Windseeker. It definitely was not oregano!

      • Dutchess says:

        Does his name start with a J and end with a y?? Hmmm. Good 'ol The Dalles. No, actually, quite sad! But you can't help somebody that doesn't want to be helped.

  3. Angie says:

    Some comments here are very harsh against Patty. Having been an assistant to a GM….it can be a difficult role. Couple that with working against a kind hearted owner who bends to make the staff happy….it is understandable that Patty would be frustrated and perhaps a little difficult at times. The fact that she isnt a properly trained GM complicates that issue even further.

    As for the dynamic betwee the daughter and Veta is obviously still a sore subject formom and daughter alike. Drug abuse does affect the entire family and thereare way too many things that we, the viewers, just dont know. Is Tiffany still using? I see so many negative comments against Robert for not including her…..but lets face it, problems that run this dwep cannot be fixed in two days time. Tiffanys wishy-washy attitude of "I might be there….I might not" indicates that she may not be the most reliable person…..but again, we are seeing an edited show and may be missing a great deal of what took place.

    I didnt get the impresion that Patty was trying to replace Tiffany….but after breast cancer, losing a husband, dealing with a daughters troubled past (possibly present), and the financial decline of the restaraunt…..dont you think its understandable that Patty would be protective of Veta?

    • Pixie63 says:

      No…she is not protective…she is a master manipulator . She is protecting the business because she thinks it will be hers someday. She is a wanna be GM. She has no clue about business. It was obvious she is out for herself. She doesn't want anyone else knowing more then her. Probably wouldnt take much. A good manager does not micro manage or treat people badly.

  4. Pamela Fain says:

    You are nuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Angie says:

    Could not agree more! I have worked with pits, had a friend who allowed his pair to have pups…..there are few things cuter that pint sized pitty puppies!!! Sadly, I have also worked with pits rescued from horrible, hate filled lives with sick…twisted humans who fight them for sport. You know what is amazing? To see a pit, horrible scarred and bleeding from being fought….and they look at you with those eyes…filled with pain and confusion….and they still allow you to touch them, they will still reach out to find comfort in the touch of a human. Seeing the horrible deeds done to these wonderful dogs by cowardly humans….and seeing the ability that these dogs have to forgive and move on with new, loving humans…..I find myself wishing you had a quarter of the heart and character that a pitty has naturally.

    • Angie says:

      MuddyFuddy….maybe you should volunteer for a pitbull rescue or donate time to visit some ina shelter. Not only would you quickly learn how wrong you are about these wonderful dogs….you might just learn something new about compassion and forgivness. It is a very humbling experience to see what some of these dogs have been forced to endure….you cannot even imagine how some of them suffer at the hands of horrible humans…..and yet, they manage to come through it and their heart and spirit still shine through.

      Breed specific legislature is horrible and not just aimed at pitbulls. It blames the entire breed for the missteps of an isolated few. You better cross your cingers that no one is ever able to judge the humanrace on such an ignorant and narrow minded platform.

      It also might interest you to know that small dogs are responsible for the greater number of bite cases in this country each year.

      • Angie says:

        And MuddyFuddy….I will use this time to say that you are extremely naive if you think BSL starts or stops with pitbulls or rotties or german shepards….you, and anyone that supports BSL needs to research it further. There are large, well funded organizations in this country that do not want us keeping Any animal as a pet….and every champion for BSL puts them one voice closer to their goal. An ounce of common sense is more precious than gold.

        • MuddyFuddy says:

          I had my cherished 13 year old cat ripped in half in her own back yard from a Pitbull who jumped the fence, and who's owner swore up and down it would never hurt anything. Security camera video proved the pitbull was in fact, a murderer.

          So, the next time you see one of these things in your yard, as you load your 12 gauge in self defense, know that it is a living deadly weapon, and somewhere in hell, a demon is missing..

          When I saw the neighbor's pitbull had been shot by the police in the street, I took the time to applaud the officer who took the damn thing off the planet. End this disgusting dangerous breed!

      • MuddyFuddy says:

        Angie, I would volunteer to be the person at the pound that injects these monsters over and over until they stop breathing. Sending them back to hell from where they came is the only solution to protect the general public from this dangerous insane breed.

        • Federal Canine says:

          MF fitting initials.

          You are entitled to your view and it holds some merit, but so many people have had good experiences with Pitt bulls.

          Most breeds will chase prey like cats and possums etc. .

          To blame one breed is not the most intelligent argument.

          Being closed minded has lead many people to horrible dark places I hope you understand your view is obvious after your situation but not at all common.

  6. Holly says:

    Are you kidding me? My in-laws had a pit that was the most lovable, caring family pet. He was around kids all the time & was never aggressive towards any of them. My sister's wired haired fox terrier bit her baby! So any dog that might be aggressive should be "put down"? Guess what? Any dog that is not trained properly can bite! It's not the dog's fault, it's the owner!!!!! Education & training is the answer, not a blanket "kill them" policy!!! How heartless are you????

  7. Yavie says:

    Well… I think Tiffany should go off on her own and start a landscaping business, she rocks! She and her mother need family therapy to move on from the past and stop letting it fester. Veda needs to stand up for her daughter, and not let Patty interfere any more in that relationship. I didn't believe most of what Patty said at all. As for the makeover, it was only ok. Hated that fake rock wall thing, so cheap. Robert, you're awesome for trying to help relationships, but I think it's time to stop trying to fix people and just fix the restaurants. Up the budget to include aftercare therapy or something if it means that much to you. I know it's included in the show for dramatic reasons, but deep rooted issues simply cannot be solved in two days, by non-professionals.

    • beachinfrizzy says:

      Agree with the faux fireplace and rock wall…when Lynn said he was going to build something in the middle of the room I thought he'd do a pergola-type thing like Tanya did that one time – something light and airy. But no! After Robert goes on and on about how "picturesque" it was and "the view" "the view" "the view", what does Lynn do? Build something big and clunky right in the middle of the room to interrupt or block it! And rubbing "actual soil from the grounds" into a layer of glue? Huh? Come on, if the RI crew walked into any other place and saw a tacky fake fireplace with glued-on dirt just randomly plopped in the center of the dining area, it would be outta there faster than you can say "plastic plants and Christmas lights". At the reveal I noticed the tabletops Robert hated had been changed as well but I can't recall anything mentioned about changing/recovering/replaceing them in the renovation…wonder if they just bought new ones, given they didn't need to spend money on tearing down walls, rerouting plumbing, calling in a hazmat team, etc.

  8. Amy says:

    Yeah, I get offended by negative comments made about a breed that already has negative stigma attached to it because of comments like that. I'm involved in pitbull rescue and have seen dogs torn to shreds. I've seen things that would give you nightmares, so excuse me if I get a little heated over the subject. And who the hell are you to judge me? Thousands of pitbull owners all over the country boycoit Mcdonald's due to their commercial that had negative comments about pitbulls. Why are YOU so offended by what someone else thinks? You get real.

  9. Amy says:

    Get educated before opening your mouth. Pitbulls were called "nanny dogs" for years, are very intelligent, and loyal. Tons of WW! government posters had pictures of pitbulls on them. Statistically, LABS fail temperment tests more frequently than pitbulls. Get educated then talk to me.

  10. Amy says:

    Very clever. Wow. Did you come up with that yourself? Good job. Feel better?

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