Saturday, December 29, 2012

Paliani's From Restaurant Impossible To Close

Restaurant Impossible Paliani's Update Closing
Photo - Food Network
This might not come as a surprise to many, but just 6 months after Restaurant Impossible visited Paliani's in Burton, MI, the restaurant will be closing at the end of the year. 

Paliani's was one of the more controversial episodes of Restaurant Impossible, and one of the most read posts on this site this year.  Most of the comments from the original post thought the owner Marina was the main problem and people were actually hoping the restaurant would fail because of her.  It seemed that she didn't change, and kept bringing her son to work with her, letting him run around the restaurant.

After the initial boost of sales that usually comes with a Restaurant Impossible visit, business eventually slowed down, which helped Marina make her decision to close Paliani's.  She said even through the Restaurant Impossible visit didn't save the restaurant, it most likely brought her a few more months of being open.

Are you surprised at all by the closing of Paliani's?

Source - Mlive.com

39 comments:

  1. Happy to see this craphead of an owner close.

    She brings down the image of restaurants and the people working in them.

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  2. This is what happens when people won't listen to Robert's advice.
    And why I hardly EVER eat out.
    95% of my experiences in restaurants have been bad...

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  3. I heard she pretty much ignored Robert when the cameras were gone, and her kid was still hanging around. If it didn't work before, there would be no reason to think it would work after, and it's her own fault.

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  4. I just saw the episode tonight on YouTube, and I'm sad to see it's closing tomorrow. But I can see why two of her cooks left. She didn't listen to Robert when he said she should have Nico not be in the restuarant.
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  5. What an idiot...she was handed a life raft in the form of a new restaurant, along with great advice, and totally ignored it.  I would never eat in a restaurant with the owner's toddler running around.  She didn't deserve the gift she was given.
     

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  6. When I saw the episode last fall, I quickly can see this woman has issues. She doesn't have the people skills nor the professionalism to run a restaurant. Instead of hemorraging more $ into her hellhole restaurant, she should've sold the restaurant, the house and see a shrink. She had a paid for house which she mortgaged to continue her descent into Paliani's oblivion.

    As for her son, he does NOT belong in the restaurant especially running around and bothering other patrons. He should be in day care around kids his age. It was funny to hear Marina say he's gonna run the restaurant one day. Well the poor kid would likely be stuck cleaning up his mom's debt and those two would be living in a one bedroom apartment for quite a while.

    From what I read and saw there is no way I would ever come to this restaurant. Even if they have the best Italian food I have come across, the kid is a mood killer. Obviously Marina doesn't get the fact part of the restaurant experience is the ambiance and service. If anything is negative in the experience especially the three main points (food, service & ambiance), you bet those patrons will spread the word to those they know and review sites.

    I agree Marina squandered this life raft RI has given her. She wanted help and didn't take the advice. Shows like RI are a band aid. It is up to the owner to take the tools to learn new habits and break the negative patterns.

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  7. Guess Nico's not going to be running it then, eh?

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  8. It really sucks to see how wonderful the resturant turned out after RI came in and then hear it fail because the owner of the resurant, didn't want to listen. Atleast she bought herself time, Robert can only do so much. Still love the show though.

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  9. I feel bad for the cooks. It looked like they tried,but the owner and the rude waitstaff sabatoged them. I am.a.single mom of a 2 yr old...really an only parent, I do not bring my son to work with me.
    This owner was rude and had a major anger and control problem.

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  10. She was looking for a.free makeover of the resturant. She probally thought the publicity would save them.... I GUARNTEE she NEVER planned on changing anything about her horrible attitude and issues.

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  11. You never like to see anyone fail in a business, but it was all but a certainty this joint would go out of business.  The owner didn't learn a thing and her passive aggressive behavior with everyone involved was obviously a nightmare for her employees.

    PS: The thing with the kid was laughable.  I've been in the service business for 25 years and although I thought I'd seen everything, I have to admit I've never seen that before.   Too bad.

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  12. That lady was crazy, and if her Restaurant closed then she deserved it.

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  13. Yep, horrible attitude and an unwillingness to take criticism and advice will doom any business. And as for bringing the kid to work....are you serious? How could she be so blind?

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  14. I saw Marina and her son in November buying 6-8, 5 lb bags of frozen chicken breasts and the same amount in large bags of frozen vegetables at GFS (Gordon Food Service-grocery store with restaurant supplies).  I do not know if they were for her restaurant but I wouldn't be surprised.  Why should she care if the restaurant fails?  It was her father's money/home she used to buy it in the first place.  How disappointed he would probably be to know she squandered her inheritance on in-vitro to have a baby without a daddy and running a once thriving working class neighborhood restaurant into the ground.  Yes, the area has been hit hard economically, but there are restaurants that have adapted and are actually busy and thriving because if you have good food at reasonable prices customers will come!  

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  15. I've been to Paliani's and loved every bite. The manicotti was amazing and little Nico really brought a family aspect to the space. It is so sad to see this place go. Best wishes to Marina.

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  16. The women needed a makeover first inside and out !!

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  17. *pay no attention to the idiot posting above*

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  18. I wonder if Robert ever gets frustrated by how many idiots fail after he has given them all of the tools for success they will need? Probably not. Just laughing all the way to the bank. He does seem like a nice guy, though.

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  19. Pherber LovelaceMay 27, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    No, the woman is completely insane...the Health Dept. should have closed her down ages ago,

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  20. Pherber LovelaceMay 27, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Would you like it as much if your dinner was served from the same prep table used as a changing station? Have fun with e coli!

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  21. Fully expected. She should have never been in the business in the first place.

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  22. the definition of insanity: .........................

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  23. Children do not belong running around the restaurant.......

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  24. She's nutz. I guess she lost the house? What is she going to do saddled with all that debt? She can't pay for it through hookin', that's for damn sure.

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  25. Really? You must have bad luck picking restaurants to eat at. Yelp helps.

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  26. I just… CAN'T BELIEVE HER! Robert was trying to help but that idiot ignored her! And so what if the food is good. It's all because Robert. Thank goodness for him!

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  27. A restaurant is no place for a toddler to be running around. He could get badly burned or worse from a hot pot being knoked off the stove or something very hot being spilled. She was also changing the kids diaper on the prep table. Would you want food that was prepared on that prep table now you know a kids dirty and wet diaper were changed on the place your food is prepared on? I doubt it very much!

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  28. I'm actually a local of this place, and I thought they were decent when I went there a few times in the past. I haven't been out that way since the new make-over thing, but I don't know if it surprises me a lot what it closed, especially with the decline of the local economy and the overall decline of that area.

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  29. I think she didn't' realize it was her own fault. So his help was really not helpful for her. Going in she probably thought the problems were going to be a lot different which is why she couldn't / wouldn't change.

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  30. Wow are people not entitled to their own opinions? I know a family in NY who raised their 2 sons in their restaurant and it survived for over 25 years until they retired. It's not always a bad thing.

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  31. I hope you realize that cooks sneeze and sometimes don't wash their hands or use the bathroom etc. Have you ever worked in a kitchen??

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  32. this is the 1st time I've checked the status of a resturaunt from the show. The owner was obviously unable to get past the fact that SHE was the problem AND even viewers could tell. The problem to me was her strange ideas about what she as the "boss" could do running her business. Little comments she said and attitudes she displayed showed me her self-image was more important than doing what needed done to be a success. And she took little responsibily for the problems & blaming others. Saying everyone she hired were kids to treated like kids and not to be trusted. WOW. Ihad to check up on this one. I hope she gets a job and assumes her child is ok to take to work.HA. She's never paid the real price of struggling to succeed). whew. I'm

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  33. I can totally understand why this restaraunt failed actually no, the restaraunt didn't fail, the owner failed). I've NEVER seen a restaraunt that allowed a 2 yr old brat to run around making the customers dining experience miserable. She was bound to fail because in her mind she saw nothing wrong with letting her son have the run of the place, thinking that her customers would think he was soooo cute & wasn't it bringing such a family-oriented atmosphere to the place! WRONG!!! I must admit that I was actually glad to see that she closed the doors, because now maybe an owner with a little business savvy will reopen the place and people will enjoy a pleasant dining experience & not have to endure a night in Kiddyland.

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  34. Don't get me wrong, I like children. I even have two of my own. However, I cannot tolerate being in a restaurant, trying to relax & enjoy time with my family, but cannot have an enjoyable experience due to the loud carrying on of a bratty kid. Having a child in a restaurant isn't a bad thing. Having an undisciplined child anywhere is a bad thing.

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  35. Every time they have this type of owner on the show, I shut it off and watch something else.

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  36. Leslie Ann CoppinMarch 23, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    Not in the least she was handed almost a winning lottery ticket getting Robert there to save her and she never believed it was her. State should have shut her down with toddler running all throughout kitchen thank goodness he wasn't killed or seriously injured or burned as well as her kitchen staff with hot pans grease and dodging 3 year old. Crazy!

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  37. I do not want to eat at a Restarunt where the prep table is also used as a diape changing table. Euuuuuuuuuuuuu!

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  38. I knew she would fail..... I bet Robert did too

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  39. Yes, and I never saw her really fess up and take ownership of her
    failures. Not a good way to "start fresh". Like an earlier post said,
    "the definition of insanity is......" Until she is willing to do this in all areas of her life, she will continue to isolate herself. There is a reason that she has "no" family even though she made mention that they are right there in the same area that she lives. Though I certainly don't know the partiulars, Robert's comment to the owner is something to consider, "YOU are the common denominator". It's never too late to get help (life coaching/counseling).

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