Restaurant Ambush Revisited: Breakfast Break-In at Theresa's Restaurant
Though Miriam had invited Robert Irvine to her friend Jodi Boucher's Bradenton, Fla., restaurant, Theresa's Restaurant, Jodi did not know that he was on his way, which set the scene for an all-new Restaurant: Impossible Ambush. When Robert and his team surprised Jodi, they found abounding employee issues and a drab dining room, though perhaps paramount to those problems was Jodi's weak leadership. It was up to Robert to help her drop her micromanaging ways if she was to enjoy a second chance at success at Theresa's Restaurant. Read on below for the first interview with Jodi to find out how her business is faring today.
"Weekday sales have doubled and weekend sales have tripled" since Robert and his team left Theresa's Restaurant, according to Jodi. "This has been amazing for business," she says. And she adds that locals have been quick to chat about the restaurant's updated interior and new design. "The customers are absolutely shocked at the transformation. The fresh new look has everyone in the town talking about us. Very modern but not too much," she notes.
Though Jodi had a habit of controlling the employees prior to Robert's arrival, she now admits: "I have learned to delegate and let others help me. This is the only way to be a better leader." Similarly, she adds: "I have become a better boss. I have brought Miriam in on the weekends to manage the staff and help so that I can focus on the customers." And as for those staff members, Jodi says, "The employees are taking constructive criticism well and improving."
Looking back on her Ambush experience, Jodi admits that the process reignited her passion for the business. "Restaurant: Impossible and Robert Irvine [have] given me a 'recharge.' I am renewed and inspired once again. They took the passion and love I have for food and Theresa's and helped more than they will ever know," she says. "This entire experience has been the biggest blessing of my life."