Sales Increase But Struggles Continue for Ristorante Barolo after 'Restaurant: Impossible'

The owners of Ristorante Barolo have not been able to fully turn around their business following Food Network's help.

On in Aptos, owner Cristina Locke said she often feels like she takes "one step forward and five steps back."

With Food Network's help, the progress is now moving forward, but not quite at the pace that Locke may have hoped.

FoodNetwork.com caught up with the folks at Ristorante Barolo and shared this update on its site

In Aptos, Calif., Robert and the "Restaurant: Impossible" team faced the daunting task of turning things around at Ristorante Barolo. Owners Giovanni Guerisoli and Cristina Locke struggled with the changing economy as well as family health problems, and could barely keep their 10-year-old business afloat. We checked in with the couple to see how things were going afterRestaurant: Impossible.

Three months later, sales at Ristorante Barolo have increased by 37 percent. 

"The new decor and also all the publicity because of the show have brought new customers," said Cristina. "People watch and really like 'Restaurant: Impossible.'"

With Atilio in charge of the kitchen and Giovanni running the front of house, Cristina is finally able to spend more time with her children.

"Atilio is doing a great job," she said.

Despite her best efforts to reduce stress, Cristina recently suffered a stroke and is still recovering. Because of the stroke, she was unable to finish cleaning out her office. When she recovers, she plans to ask Jessica to help her finish the task.

Giovanni’s health has remained a challenge for him, but he continues to run the front of the restaurant.

"Giovanni is doing the best he can while still dealing with his health issues," Locke said.

He never sold his collectibles at auction and continues to buy more.

"Doing the show was an amazing gift," Cristina said. "I will be forever grateful for what did for the restaurant and for my family."

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marylou medina December 28, 2012 at 03:08 AM
pam smith December 30, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I really feel for these people and hope it works out. They need to hire some good chef to run the restaurant and they just take it easy.And a couple people to do books and run front end etc...I volunteer to go.They seem like good people just struggling like many.I wish you luck.
J. Myers January 20, 2013 at 08:23 AM
I thought the place was beautiful and I loved the antiques. The new grey is pretty with the white, but there are so many other restaurants that have that "upscale look," the antiques were charming and I loved the chairs.I imagine it would be hard to keep clean, though, with all of the antiques. I say focus on good food and a pleasant and accommodating atmosphere. Good luck.I hope that the health issues get better.
Pam January 20, 2013 at 05:11 PM
went last night for dinner. it was excellent. excellent food and service.we wish you the best.
Jade April 07, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Asking my fiance now to take us there next year--hopefully the restaurant and hotel is still standing. Looking forward to site seeing, staying there overnight and trying the food !


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