Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Balcony - Restaurant Impossible Update

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Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Larose, Louisiana to makeover The Balcony.  The Balcony is a Cajun seafood restaurant that is one of the oldest in the bayou.  The owner Neely Cheramie has worked there for 28 years and her friendly relationships with all of her employees is causing them to lose respect for her.  Robert Irvine needs to change the way she is running the restaurant in hopes that it can survive.

As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about The Balcony 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):

Positive Reviews:

  • "The fried shrimp and catfish was perfect. A must is the blackened redfish. Becky was such an attentive servicer. Larose has new visitors. Will definitely return. Nice to see a good group of Cajun families enjoying themselves."
  • "This place was highly recommended and is obviously very popular with the locals. Hubby had crab stuffed flounder and it was fabulous. The shrimp was good but teeny tiny and mostly batter. I would definitely recommend this place."
  • "What a perfect place! The locals come here, which is always a good sign. We stopped in for lunch on a road trip. Our waitress was wonderful, as was the seafood gumbo. The Cabernet I ordered with lunch was amazingly good, and the cake she served for dessert was very tasty. If you are in this area, stop in at The Balcony for either lunch or dinner!"
  • "We really enjoyed the boiled crawfish. Service was great, a little slow, but could be because of the Valentine's Day crowd. Love the improvements to the restaurant!"
  • "I had the Crabmeat Au Gratin as an appetizer and the Stuffed Flounder for an entree. Both were phenomenal."

Negative Reviews:

  • None

*Reviews from Yelp, Google

Other News and Links:

  • The Restaurant Impossible makeover happened in November 2019
  • Here is The Balcony Facebook page and they do not have a website.
  • The Balcony will be watching the episode at the restaurant and said the following on Facebook, "Tomorrow is the big reveal!! We will be open for lunch and tomorrow night from 5-730!! We will have TVs set up to watch the episode at 8!! More than welcome to come in and watch but no orders after 730 so our staff can watch the episode!! Thanks for your understanding!! And helping to make our transformation a huge success!!"
  • Right after the makeover, The Balcony posted, "We would like to thank our wonderful community and the RI team for all they have done within the last 48 hours!! We are both thankful and blessed for all the help that was offered to make our dreams come true!! Maybe you weren’t able to volunteer but you prayed for our family, and that was just as great!! Our small community came together and made our dream a reality!! Our staff, thank you for being there right along side of us for this journey!! Couldn’t ask for a better staff!! With that being said we will reopen today at 5pm!! We will have a limited menu but also have BOILED CRAWFISH!! So come out and see our newly renovated restaurant!! We continue to ask to please do not post any picture on social media!! Again, THANK YOU ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!!! ❤️❤️❤️"
  • Here are the reviews for The Balcony from Yelp, Tripadvisor and Google.


The reviews for The Balcony since Restaurant Impossible did the makeover have been all positive.  There weren't too many reviews, but the ones available were positive with people complementing the food and service.  There were also a few comments on how popular The Balcony is with the locals.  Owner Neely Cheramie is very thankful for the Restaurant Impossible makeover and has called the transformation "a huge success."

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