Sunday, April 28, 2013

Restaurant Impossible - Smitty's Restaurant Update

Smittys Restaurant Impossible
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Tonight on Restaurant Impossible, Robert Irvine and crew are going to Clearwater, Florida to help out Smitty's Restaurant.  The crew ends up having to use a lot of time and money on an exterminator in this episode which Robert has said could be the dirtiest restaurant he has ever done.  As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Smitty's Restaurant to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews and comments are post Restaurant: Impossible):


This restaurant pretty much has zero reviews online since the visit, so this update will be a little different than normal.  I will just go over the things other than reviews found about this restaurant.


When doing the Smitty's renovation in February, Robert said on Twitter "Day two at Smitty's restaurant in Clearwater Florida OMG the dirtiest place I have EVER EVER seen in my life. Feeling I'm losing this battle."  He also said that it was twice as dirty as Rascal's in season 1 and there were 100,000's of bugs.

Robert was there February 15, and on March 20th, Smitty's had a restaurant inspection.  In this inspection there were 13 violations including:
  • Dead roaches on premises.(3 dead in dish area, 2 on floor between ice machine and upright reach in freezer)
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found.(2 live in dish area, 1 live on floor near upright reach in freezer)
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food in walk-in cooler.(raw chicken over sauces in walk in cooler) 
  • Toxic substance/chemical stored by or with food.(raid ant and roach spray by bread on cooks line)

Here is the full inspection report with the 13 violations.  So, it looks like the bugs are still a problem a month after Restaurant Impossible left.

An article in the Tampa Bay Times earlier this week stated, "By Irvine's account, of the 74 restaurants the show has remade, four have subsequently been sold and eight have gone out of business."  So, he is still way off on his numbers when you compare them to mine.

Conclusion:

Smitty's is pretty much a diner serving breakfast and lunch, and not having many reviews online is not a good sign for a restaurant.  Usually the buzz of Restaurant Impossible coming to town has people eager to write reviews of the changes made to the restaurant.

With the restaurant having cleanliness problems, including thousands of bugs, it does not make local people want to go try the restaurant.  Restaurants that have had bug problems in the past on the show usually do not end up thriving after a Restaurant Impossible visit.  I know I probably wouldn't go to a restaurant after seeing thousands of bugs in the kitchen, no matter how many times an exterminator came.  An inspection a month after Restaurant Impossible visited still found roaches, which is also not a good sign.

This one will have to be watched.


UPDATE 5/9/2013 - A recent inspection on 5/1/2013 had 12 violations and some of the high priority ones from the inspection notes are listed below. 
  • Dead roaches on premises.(3 dead in dish area, 2 on floor between ice machine and upright reach in freezer)
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found.(2 live in dish area, 1 live on floor near upright reach in freezer)
  • Toxic substance/chemical stored by or with food.(raid ant and roach spray by bread on cooks line)
  • Pesticide/insecticide labeled for household use only present in establishment.

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22 comments:

  1. these people are pigs and don't deserve a food business. How did they not get shut down before RI's visit is amazing.

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  2. Why doesn't Robert ever do anything about the staff's nasty appearance? And the overall nastiness of the restaurant is laziness

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  3. SurprisedRobert let them continuing to be in the restaurant business. They don't deserve it after never considering to attempt keeping the kitchen clean or to code. People like this should not be allowed to run a restaurant.

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  4. It takes a while to get rid of a roach infestation, even if you're treating it every couple of weeks. We can only hope that they keep trying to improve their cleanliness and their food-handling practices. In their (limited) defense, lots of restaurants can be dunned for storing meat over veggies or putting chemicals near food--mistakes happen and places learn (or should learn) from their mistakes.

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  5. Let me tell everyone about Florida ...... YOU CAN NOT GET RID OF ROACHES 100% .... You can only control them to an extent. Secondly contrary to popular belief Roaches are not dirty bugs, they clean themselves constantly. And according to recent research they are being used to produce new Antibiotics.

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  6. Not dirty bugs, huh. So, you would be fine having roaches infesting your home, right? I thought not.


    Roaches weren't the only problem. You saw how filthy that restaurant was from top to bottom, front to back and side to side. They let it happen once and will again.

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  7. Running a restaurant certainly isn't easy. But the bugs are totally unacceptable. That's just disgusting!

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  8. The sad part is, theres no way Robert Irvine just happened upon the roach issue. It HAD to be known.. By the cooks and owners. And as you can see by how poorly they kept that place clean.. The roach problem was ignored. This show sank Smitty's even more. No way would I eat there.

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  9. In all fairness, it was stated on the show that it could take months to get the bug problem completely eradicated that is why the exterminators were to come out every month for a year. I think the criticism above of April 28th Smitty's Restaurant is unnecessarily negative. It only gives people a chance to post mean and negative comments about a restaurant struggling to survive. It is easy for posters to say "they are pigs" "shut it down." But, having been a life-time self-employed business person I know how easy it is to get beyond discouraged and to start letting things slip especially when you are working your butt off and losing money every day because of the current economic situation in our country that started in 2007. So, unless you have eaten there don't run this business down before it has a chance to turn around.

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  10. nasty the man is cooking with a sleeveless shirt nothing like a little armpit hair in your food

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  11. Yes he is nasty but I believe everyone deserve a second chance

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  12. Exterminators of course cost MONEY so I wouldn't be surprised if they nixed the follow up visits and chose to tackle the problem with Raid.

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  13. Same thing I thought watching it...no way did anyone not see the problem beforehand.

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  14. I can't even imagine running a business but I really hope and pray that the family succeeds .

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  15. Exterminators don't cost THAT much money.. Hell I have exterminators come to my house just to make sure I DON'T have a problem and it only costs me 130 per quarter...!

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  16. I found 2 inspections on the same date. A bit confused here. One listed 12 violations and the other said none. This is their number SEA6208896.

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  17. I, personally, would hesitate to eat there.

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  18. How is the inspection from 5/9 a carbon copy of the text from March 20? Something's wrong with that. Plus, roach problems take time to solve, especially one that bad. Anyone living in the south can tell you that. It's not an excuse, but I think alot people are too harsh.

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  19. I am split 50/50. The place was terrible and the dirt disgusting. I would be interested to see what it looks like now... The roach problem is a long term thing but if the cleanliness that they had at end of show isnt kept up then the roaches are there to stay.

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  20. Hi, I do pest work for stores, food and beverage plants nd restaurants, I was almost yelling at the pest guy, he was NOT doing the jog right , no wonder they still had pest s sues. When Robert went back into he kitchen her should hav been hundreds of DEAD cockroaches,

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  21. What was that old boy band song? "Bye bye bye."

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  22. I would never let some twacks like those people serve me food, I bet the roaches followed them to the restaurant from there trailer park... Lol

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