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Restaurant Makeover

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by rhyss, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. rhyss

    rhyss TRIBE Member

    I always watch this show and it has got me to wonder.......

    have any of these restaurants failed after the show???

    Now, I don't mean "Grapefruit Moon" fail where the designer and the chef did a crap job in the eyes of the owner.....the place is still opened and always packed.

    Here is the list:

    Babelfish Bistro
    Coco's Cafe
    Full Circle Cafe
    Human Bean
    Lakes Bar and Grill
    Oasis Restaurant
    Pinnacle Restaurant Niagara
    Silk Road Cafe
    Tara Inn
    The Grapefruit Moon
    The Liberty
    The Rosedale Diner
    Via Oliveto

    Aftermath Cafe
    Bravi Restaurant
    College Street Bar
    First Class Delights
    High Point Restaurant
    Higher Groundz Cafe
    Innocenti Restaurant
    Monkey Bar and Grill
    Montana Roadhouse
    Old York Bar and Grill
    Ossawippi Express Dining Cars
    The Empress Restaurant
    Town Grill

    Brooklyn's Bar and Grill
    Cafe Asia
    Casa Mendoza
    Europe Planet
    Forte Restaurant
    Grappa Restaurant
    Ithaca Restaurant
    Jeremiah's Bullfrog Cafe
    Karma's Cafe
    Kokkino Restaurant and Lounge
    Latitude Wine Bar and Grill
    Le Cafe Vert
    Lub Lounge
    Nacho Thai Thai Cafe
    Peroni's Pizzeria
    Phil's Original BBQ
    PJ O'Brien
    Reliable Fish & Chips
    Rubicon Grill
    Saigon Flower Restaurant
    Side Door Grill
    St. Clair Village Cafe
    Stoney's Bar & Grill
    The Boathouse Restaurant
    The Office Sports Bar and Grill
  2. futronic

    futronic TRIBE Member

    Off the top of my head, Via Oliveto and Innocenti have both closed. Cluck, Grunt, and Low has opened up in Via Oliveto's place (completely different ownership).

    -- Jay aka Fut
  3. PF9K

    PF9K TRIBE Member

    i've read in a couple places thats its considered curse, majority of people not happy....toronto life if I recall
  4. why not

    why not TRIBE Member

    if you listen closely, you can hear me playing guitar in the background music.
    when you people watch it, i make money!

    i don't know which ones have closed though.
  5. rhyss

    rhyss TRIBE Member

    Innocenti was because the owner died though.
  6. emigre

    emigre TRIBE Member

    Nope, that's St. Louis. Cluck, Grunt & Low opened up after the filmed mice-in-the-window fiasco at Shakespeare's Cafe that led to the colour-coded rating system in all Toronto restaurants.
  7. rhyss

    rhyss TRIBE Member

    But others have said they spent $15K for a new paint job and a one hour commercial and that they couldn't have bought the publicity.
  8. ChROmE

    ChROmE TRIBE Member

    Is Aftermath still open? That was the weakest one I have seen to date.

  9. rhyss

    rhyss TRIBE Member

  10. rhyss

    rhyss TRIBE Member

    I think so....Never been in, just driven by
  11. KiX

    KiX TRIBE Member

    i'm curious about nacho thai thai. what a fucking disaster before they did the renos. the whole makeover was a huuuuge improvement from what it was before, i don't see how they could have possibly done worse.
  12. futronic

    futronic TRIBE Member

    My mistake, it's a couple doors down.

    -- Jay aka Fut
  13. Vise

    Vise TRIBE Member

    A bunch of places have ended up closing... the one's Jay mentioned above plus The Office, Jeremiah Bullfrog, etc. Not to mention the shoddy workmanship, unhappy owners, and menus that end up the same as before RM. I still watch though. :D

    The places that are successful were usually doing fine in the first place (ie. Phil's BBQ, Reliable Fish & Chips, Cafe Vert)... from chatting with the owner of Reliable he said he did it for the promotion over the need to actually renovate, it was always busy before RM but admittedly is even busier now. The funny thing is he said the producers of the show approached him with the idea of being on the show and had to convince him to do it. So much for restaurant owners begging RM for their help.
  14. Booty Bits

    Booty Bits TRIBE Member

    the Side Door Grill at dundas and bathurst closed after going on RM.
    now its been replaced by a great family-run chinese dumpling restaurant so i can't complain! (though SDG did some stuff very well)
  15. djglobalkiller

    djglobalkiller TRIBE Promoter

    i go by grapefruit moon all the time and was curious about it, never knew it was a RM job, will have to check it out, and then head for drinks up a bit at mayday malones??? as it too looks enticingly good(as in grubby neighbourhood bar)
  16. smack

    smack TRIBE Member

    I didn't realize Nacho Thai Thai had a makeover. I've been there for lunch once and it was pretty nice. But I usually get take out from there. Good food for the price. I think a carib-mexi-thai menu is a good idea.
  17. maphi

    maphi TRIBE Member

    Side Door Grill was amazing... then one day my gf and I went in there & everything was different... they had just been makeovered and it looked like hell in there. They were trying out new menu items, which were all good, but not as good as what they used to have. A week later, the place was closed forever. I still haven't seen the makeover episode on tv that ruined it all.
  18. Skipper

    Skipper TRIBE Member

    Actually I think it's closed. No signs of life the last time I went by.
  19. Chris

    Chris Well-Known TRIBEr

    Still there, I walk by everyday to and from work - food is still not that great.
  20. Flashy_McFlash

    Flashy_McFlash Well-Known TRIBEr

    I will never forgive them for wrecking Oasis at College and Spadina. These fuckers need to stop. All of them.
  21. Rude1_247

    Rude1_247 TRIBE Member

    definitely closed
  22. Rude1_247

    Rude1_247 TRIBE Member

    Which restaurant was owned by the really young, completely inexperienced, asian dude? The guy was so nice, I hope it worked out for him. Anyone know which place I'm talking about?
  23. Chris

    Chris Well-Known TRIBEr

    Cafe Asia? King and Church, still there I believe
  24. rod_g

    rod_g TRIBE Member

    David Adjey is a moron.

    That ep when they redo the bowling alley and he's ripping on the old lady and her food. ITS A KITCHEN IN A BOWLING ALLEY.

    In general I can't stand listening to that ugly fuck.

    Or the Montana's episode, he's all over the cook because he's not passionate about cooking. I would have put Adjeys head in the stone oven
  25. smack

    smack TRIBE Member

    That was pretty gross food. Especially when she said she re-uses some things.

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