Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Restaurant Impossible - Pomona Golf and Country Club Update

Photo - Facebook
Tonight on Restaurant Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Egg Harbor City, NJ to makeover the Pomona Golf and Country Club.  The Pomona Golf and Country Club has been open for decades and is a family run business currently being run by three cousins.  The country club is having trouble attracting a younger crowd, which is preventing them from making any profits.  Robert Irvine needs to come up with a new business plan to turn the country club around.  As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Pomona Golf and Country Club to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant Impossible):



Reviews:

No reviews of the golf course or "restaurant" since the Restaurant Impossible visit


Other News and Links:
  • Here is the Pomona Golf and Country Club Facebook page, which now says Pomona Golf Course & Grill.  Perhaps there was a name change recommended by Robert Irvine due to his "business plan."
  • In June, just a month after the makeover, the golf course bought new golf carts according to their Facebook page (Link).
  • The Country Club has been doing "9 and dines" on Saturdays.  Meaning you play their nine hole golf course, and after your round, you stay for a BBQ.  The prices are $30 for non-members, $25 for members, and $12 for the BBQ only.  The menu has included basic items such as hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, ribs, chicken and sides.
  • A comment on an article about the Restaurant Impossible makeover stated, "LMAO! This is a joke, right? I was just in there 2 weeks ago. "Golf Club"! It's a 9 hole course for duffers like me. The "restaurant" is a dump and has about 3 items on the menu, the best of which is toast. I guess it could use a makeover. "Uh, can I get some dang scrapple?"
  • While the address of the Pomona is in Egg Harbor City, locals say it is in Galloway in the comments section of this article.
  • Here is an article from 2010 that gives a lot of background about the course and how it is a family run golf course. 
  • For some reason, Pomona Golf and Country Club is listed as closed on Yelp, although it is not closed.

Conclusion:
There haven't been any reviews for their "restaurant" or golf course since the makeover.  A week after making over a bar/bowling place, Robert Irvine is now at a golf course, so I guess any business qualifies for Restaurant Impossible now.  Whether Pomona Golf Course & Grill succeeds probably depends on how many people sign up for a membership or play their golf course, and not what food they are serving.


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78 comments:

  1. Absolutely agree. If FN doesn't take their newest crown prince to the woodshed over those disgusting comments about Ree, she ought to leave and take her #1 show with her.

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  2. They should have made some type of statement rather than removing the post and thread.

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  3. Among others, one of the posters here found some extremely vile and disgusting videos that Lenny posted on YouTube and on Photobucket. He also had many comments on the Ron and Fez message boards, one of which said he wanted to f*ck Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman on FN) in the a$$. The first video mentioned here was of Lenny cutting a brisket and making lewd comments, eventually comparing the brisket to a cu**.
    There was also a lovely video of him sitting on the toilet and eating chocolate from an Advent Calendar. Those are just 2 examples.

    People started finding out about it, sharing the info on FN's Facebook page and FN's message boards and as Lenny realized people were talking about all this he started removing everything from the internet. Since this started coming out, his supporters have been coming here saying he did nothing wrong and the same sort of thing has been posted on various message boards.

    This is the post where the first info here came out on Lenny's videos, if you read through the comments you will find them. Unfortunately, Lenny's taken everything down. With all the links I provided you have to read the comments to find the info. http://www.foodnetworkgossip.com/2014/07/food-network-star-season-10-episode-9.html#.U-wTo_x0xLM

    Another: http://www.foodnetworkgossip.com/2014/08/food-network-star-season-10-episode-10.html#.U-wT0Px0xLM

    And another: http://www.foodnetworkgossip.com/2014/08/food-network-star-voting-poll.html#.U-wUL_x0xLM

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  4. I think he was for a while, but I think he climbed off the Lenny bandwagon fairly quickly.

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  5. Actually about 85% or more of the readers here have voiced opinions that he shouldn't have a show. Many also have on the FN Facebook page.

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  6. http://gawker.com/did-a-food-network-star-say-he-would-fuck-his-colleague-1620298284
    Food Network Gossip mentioned prominently in the article! WTG

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  7. Funny how you chose not to answer Andrea's question. Probably means you're just talking and have no idea.

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  8. So now even the locals don't care about the make-overs? RI really has jumped the shark.

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  9. The way to maximize the value of that place is to sell the land. Sadly, golf is dying and a 9 hole dog track can't make money. Heck, with 100 acres in NJ I shudder to think of what their property taxes are.

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  10. hoppy, I love your synopsis but I have just a little hair to split - In the Brisket video Lenny calls one of the other posters on the "Ron and Fez" chat board (who goes by the screen name "Hot Tub" and I believe is female) a "dirty little c*nt". Now you know, I understand he was joking around when he used that word but decent men I know never use that word even in jest. Also, the blacked out print in the chat board post can be highlighted to show the print, in case that's what the other poster was complaining about.

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  11. Don't worry, that stuff isn't gone, people all over have archived those things on their PCs.

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  12. They should do a 5K and then like people would come and stuff.

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  13. I laughed at that comment, too. What an inane suggestion.

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  14. Haha, and Robert thought it was brilliant enough for a "happy dance"

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  15. Oddly enough I couldn't find any update at the FN site where they usually post updates. Their latest update was for the bowling alley episode.

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  16. Glad you liked the synopsis :-) You are correct about the dirty little c*nt. I got that bit wrong. I agree, whether joking or not, people don't use that word.
    I've been in jobs where crude jokes are told, but more and more people are filing sexual harassment and hostile work environment lawsuits so companies are starting to take a stronger stance, which they should. FN should know that as well as any other company.

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  17. Next on Restaurant: Impossible, Chef Robert Irvine saves a failing batting cage park, it's snack bar and the arguing two second cousins (twice removed) and baby mamas, great-granddaughter, 6 and 9 year old delinquent sons, cranky family dog and thrice divorced family matriarch who's run it all into the ground.

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  18. I thought his crowing about his patio dining idea was ridiculous too.

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  19. If I was the guy living upstairs, instead of writing R:I, I would have convinced them to sell the land to a developer and since they were debt free, take the money and enjoy a comfortable retirement.

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  20. I didn't care who won. Now I do, he is offensive.

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  21. I don't understand? It's "cynical" for some gay people to take some offense to an intentionally offensive, hateful word? They should just keep their mouths shut because their "opinion" and "gay pride" is frustrating to you? Funny you seem caught up on it more than they do.

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  22. Yes, I have indeed worked in restaurants and I can fucking swear with the best of them. I never have worked with idiots that call a brisket a c*nt or proclaimed they would f*ck a coworker in the ass in my presence.

    Being an ignorant dick is not an excuse. We all swear, we aren't all gross.

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  23. Masturbatory skills are lacking

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  24. Both the golf and the outdoor patio/restaurant will be a tough sell during the 6 months of winter. I wish these people luck but doubt if they can overcome their anger issues with eachother.This episode was flat and uninteresting. Last weeks episode with Paul and Ed at the bowling alley was so much better because both Paul and Ed were happy,friendly motivated owners that we all rooted for. These folks-not so much.

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  25. I don't think " any business qualifies" now, it still has to have a restaurant portion to it.
    If anything's jumped the shark it's this website. Used to have information on it but now it's just snotty comments from snotty people.

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  26. Route 66 Catering CoAugust 14, 2014 at 4:41 AM

    I feel sorry for those that need help and call Chef Irvine. Most of the time those in need are beyond help but those who do get Mr. Irvine's help I feel for as he has never saved a failing place of his own much less than theirs. He is horrible. I do hope some of these businesses survive.

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  27. It's getting out there! http://www.inquisitr.com/1410296/is-the-food-network-star-winner-in-hot-water/

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  28. A few clips from the article, one in particular that bugs me. I've seen him repeatedly say "my ranch" and we all know it's the place he works....it's not his ranch.

    "In an interview the day after winning the competition, McNab said “Working in front of a crowd is very easy for me. It’s what I do here on my ranch."

    The one that gives real insight into his obsession with Giada....and why the heck she said this, if she did, I have no idea.

    "He added, “I got a lot of great feedback from the mentors, especially Giada. She just told me to pretend that camera was her, and ever since then I’ve just been more than happy to talk into a camera.”

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  29. And another one..... http://www.thebraiser.com/reports-link-new-food-network-star-lenny-mcnab-to-some-uh-sordid-online-history/?amp&amp

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  30. I agree, he is! I witnessed his idiocy in person.

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  31. More like he's an "adult."

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  32. Six months of winter? This place in in New Jersey, not Alaska. The weather is generally good from mid-spring through mid-fall, barring hurricanes.

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  33. Frankly, I didn't have a favorite. I wasn't all that crazy about any of the contestants. For me, it's not about who should have won; it's about who should never have been on the show in the first place.

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  34. So one week, RI does a 4 lane bowling alley; this week, he does a 9 hole golf course. Next week, he can do a pool hall with 3 tables.

    Why would anyone go here unless they just finished their round of golf? Why would anyone play the 9 hole course unless:

    1) they want to practice after work
    2)they're in a 9 hole league at night

    I wonder why nobody on this show realized how silly this episode was either before they filmed or during it.

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  35. Will he make the dog the new manager?

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  36. 'Sorry we don't live up to your high, snooty standards.

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  37. A pool hall with one table and a checkerboard.

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  38. When most people think restaurant, they aren't thinking of places attached to golf courses, bowling alleys and the like. They're afterthoughts, somewhere you grab a bite because you're hungry and don't feel like leaving.

    RI clearly is stretching their definition to add variety, and it's getting stretched pretty thin.

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  39. What is a "snotty" person? Someone who needs to blow their nose?

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  40. well, Paula Deen got fired but maybe racism is 'worse' than homophobia, there's been articles and such about Guy Fieri being a homophobe but he's not leaving FN anytime soon, but since all that stuff was before he won and wasn't 'associated' with them officially, the network might hide it and only fire him if he slips up and says something hateful live or in a guest show interview or something and only being fired so FN doesn't gain a negative reputation

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  41. I'm done with the political talk. If I want that, I'll switch pages. I've got my finger on the block button. Unless it specifically and directly applies to FN, it has no place on this page.

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  42. Moderator, can we block the trolls?

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  43. Haha, love the screen name.

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  44. He probably spent his prize money hiring legal and IT help.

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  45. Bet you they hold the alcohol away from him.

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  46. I bet the lawyers struck...
    I kept a partial screenshot of one website.

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  47. Excuse me while I grab a tissue. LOL

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  48. So.. April through October? That leaves five months, so he wasn't off by much.

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  49. The weather starts getting milder mid-March and is usually pretty tolerable through early November.

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  50. The new episodes of RI haven't hit Comcast "on-demand". They all used to be on there. Anyone know anything about this??

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  51. Mid-spring is April, not March. :-) I live here, too.

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  52. He did a fantastic job of Latin Pasion Fusion, here in Albuquerque. They business is still open and thriving. They wanted his help, listened, didn't spend time arguing and just soaked in his knowledge like a sponge. They are a young couple with a child that's probably 2 now and an ex-Marine brother-in-law that is a part owner. They have NOTHING but praise for Robert Irvine and his crew.

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  53. A pig in a Big Hat, playing Cowboy. White trash through and through.

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  54. and yet you have no issues when gay rights groups try to fire/ruin people who simply state their belief in traditional marriage

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  55. are you braindead? This wasn't private conversation, this garbage was in videos and message boards. You may be comfortable with homophobia, sexism, racism and deeply disgusting remarks about sex acts with someone you don't even know but not everyone is a low class bigot and perv. Course you probably talk about your mom that way too...

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  56. so you're not only homophobic, but you're proud of it? Besides being bigoted and offensive, it's also bad business. Food Network has plenty of gay viewers; it's idiotic to alienate an entire segment of the viewing audience. Duh.

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  57. an idiot would by better than a homophobic, racist, misogynist!

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  58. worked in some of those... in case you hadn't heard, there are all kinds of laws about creating a hostile work environment, hate speech, etc in the workplace. This is 2014. Only losers talk like this. And as a person trying to become a visible figure on a national level, you have to be nuts to share your bigotry and creepiness like he has. And to be talking like that about Ree Drummond or anyone else's mom.. disgusting.

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  59. well, both would be bad; i don't think Lenny is all that, and he seems at least somewhat smart.

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  60. no, we don't all have a racist, homophobic, misogynistic past. You may, but not everyone does.

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  61. if your past is racist and homophobic, yes, it does make you a bad person. Cooking skills have absolutely nothing to do whether someone is a good person or not.

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  62. Well, Pasion actually had decent food to start with.

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  63. Longitudinally EnabledAugust 17, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Meh, that close to the shore, mid-March through mid-December isn't a stretch. (now, getting the people who love there to get beyond the whole, "summer ends at Labor Day; full stop" mentality is something else entirely.

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  64. You need to dump him for luca or make him apologize on air live an take sensitivitie training .plus apologize to those he offended Jon

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  65. So, he is a real man who talks and acts the way real men do? Big Fat Hairy Deal!

    I'll bet every one of the Lenny-Haters here has done the same things he has (or worse) and most have either posted it on FB, Youtube, or talked about it (in graphic detail) in an internet forum or two!

    As far a the so-called homophobic slurs are concerned, I suggest anyone who is "offended" by them go visit a gay web forum and see how the people there refer to straight individuals. You ain't heard nothing, yet!

    As long as he doesn't try to say grace before each meal and or at the beginning and end of his show, (ala Duck Dynasty) nobody will give a rats-a$$!

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  66. What world are you living in? You must be separated from reality. If you post that garbage on the internet, it will come back to bite you as many companies scrub the internet as part of the hiring process. Food Network dropped the ball this time unless they actually wanted garbage.
    Believe it or not, most people keep their private life private. If they don't, that's their choice, but it certainly casts a doubt of credibility and professionalism in my eyes, and in millions of others.

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  67. Don't think there is a cash prize for FNS.

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  68. Princess StarlightAugust 19, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    I've noticed all of RI episodes have been pulled from on-demand. It's either just my area or FN doesn't want to show the new episodes of this show.

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  69. I live in the REAL world. You should visit sometime!

    If you have ever applied to be on a reality show, or a game show, as I have, you would know that the one of the first questions you get asked is have you ever posted anything on the internet, Youtube, published in a newspaper, etc, that might be embarrassing or compromising to the show you are applying to be on - or words to that effect.

    I guarantee you that Food Network knows all about Lenny's videos, Facebook posts and forum postings, and are, apparently, okay with it. I wouldn't be surprised if that video of the brisket actually helped him get on TNFNS (or, at least on Guy's Grocery Games).

    In any other industry, what you said would be absolutely true. But this is T.V. and the key word is E-N-T-E-R-T-A-I-N-M-E-N-T! And, love him or hate him, Lenny McNab IS entertaining!

    There is an old show business saying that goes, "It doesn't matter what they write about you as long as they spell your name right." That is what is going on here. Look at all of this free publicity, this so-called controversy has ginned up for Food Network and Lenny McNab!

    It may be a little too early to tell, but I think Lenny is going to be the next Guy Fieri of the Food Network - naughtiness on the internet not withstanding!

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  70. Wow this guy has a mouth on him. I don't think that I'd watch a show with him. I do agree with him regarding Ree Drummond anytime she's on I tune out. Sorry Lenny I think you've killed your food network career.

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  71. So, he's coming to where I live? Unfortunately, that wasn't a joke! ;)

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  72. He definitely looks better with the beard!

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  73. Awww... Jeez!

    Just what we need! The professional "victims" marching out of their closets with their thorny crowns and pink tights!

    Get a life, moron!

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