Friday, November 13, 2015

Two Restaurant Impossible Closures - Shade Tree Customs, Salt Works II

Photo - Food Network
Two restaurants that appeared on Restaurant Impossible have recently closed.  Shade Tree Customs in Albuquerque, New Mexico closed after two years in business.  The restaurant closed due to a combination of things including: not enough business, problems getting approval to open a patio, and back taxes.  They even tried to raise $30,000 through GoFundMe, but ended up only getting $65 in donations (Link).  The motorcycle shop component of Shade Tree remains open, but it will probably be moving to a new location.

Salt Works II in Wilmington, North Carolina also closed recently and posted the following message to their Facebook page on November 6th:
Well today is a sad day for most of the Saltworks II was our last day to be open for business . We want to say thank you to all of our loyal customers for your patronage and to all of our valued employees for your hard work over the last 6 years. It's been one heck of a run, but sadly it must come to an end.

We had planned on letting the public know today and had hoped to work through the weekend and go out with a bang, but due to the loss of some key employees mid-day today, we cannot staff accordingly. We're sorry for the short notice.

To those employees who were going to stick it out to the end... thank you. Thank you for your loyalty and hard work . Thank you for your early mornings and late afternoons. We will miss you and if you ever need anything from us, all you need to do is ask.

Thank you again to all of our customers. We are sorry that things are ending this way. We will miss seeing you every day or every weekend. We thank you for your support over the years.

Mike & Jon
Saltworks II

Shade Tree Customs was the 5th (out of 7) restaurant to close from season 10 of Restaurant Impossible.  Salt Works II was the last remaining restaurant from season 1 of Restaurant Impossible that was still open with the same owners.  One of the restaurants from season 1 is still open, but it is operating under different ownership.  The Restaurant Impossible Update Page has been updated to show these two restaurants as Closed.

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