Local restaurant gets boost from reality television show
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV)- The local economy has made it difficult for many small businesses to survive, but a restaurant is getting a huge lift from a reality tv show. The benefits could even help other shops nearby. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The local economy has made it difficult for many small businesses to survive but a restaurant is getting a huge lift from a reality television show. The benefits could even help other shops nearby.
The show obviously is for entertainment purposes but producers say the remodel is about getting the Maple Tree Restaurant on Spring Mountain Road back on its feet.
They're proud of the track record they have with other restaurants they've helped in the past. They say most of them end up succeeding long after they've packed up and moved on.
"It's a hit or miss with the food and the service," says next-door business owner Liza Ochiai.
"I think they've gone through two ownerships," says Ochiai.
"It's been really hectic. They've taken up a lot of our parking spaces, but it's only a week. So what? It's something that's going to benefit her for a long, long time," says the owner of Pinoy Cash.
That's the hope for producers of the Food Network show "Restaurant: Impossible."
A crew, volunteers and local contractors led by Chef Robert Irvine take a struggling restaurant and remodel the inside and the menu pm a $10,000 budget.
"I think it's great for the community. I mean everybody's hear helping them out," says Ken Martin, a local resident.
Over the past few days, workers have redone tables and chairs, taken out the old and brought in the new.
As the line forms just before it reopens it's doors to the public, the finishing touches are made and fans of the Maple Tree hope some of the old recipes stay on the menu.
"They have an item I always ordered, the buckwheat pancakes, I think," says Ochiai. "That was one thing that was very popular. It was very good."
If you want to see the improvements for yourself, the restaurant opens daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.