‘Restaurant life’ is full of up’s and down’s, so having a friend close-by should help. At least if you have to do long hours, it’s with someone you like and trust….This appeared to be the scenario as Terry, his friend & partner Matt at Anacapri; and Kerry and her girlfriend Georgina at La De Da’s Restaurant, faced up to the Chopping Block.
Anacapri is in a prime location with a spectacular view, but this doesn’t guarantee success, as business partners Terry Teagle and Matt Ross are seeing their dreams of an early retirement float down the river. Matt has been forced to return to his old job to help prop up the coffers. Terry too, has assumed a full-time role in the restaurant in order to cut costs and keep an eye on the place. Having sacked 4 head chefs in 18 months, Terry has now hired local chef Jamie, who already is less than pleased with the mess he has inherited. Poor equipment, a badly designed kitchen and a terrible reputation are just some of the problems he faces.
La De Da’s Restaurant was opened 18months ago when Kerry and husband Paul decided to sell the family home so Kerry could have a shot at her dream. They now rent an apartment above the restaurant. Kerry had no hospitality experience whatsoever. She’d worked as an accountant for most of her career but threw herself into managing the restaurant, hiring her ‘karaoke friend’ Georgina as the Front of House Manager and promoting Kim, a twenty-something local cook as the Head Chef. The first few weeks after opening were busy. But as Kerry and her inexperienced staff struggled under the pressure, word soon got around that the service and food wasn’t up to scratch and people stopped coming though the doors.
Will friendships survive after facing The Chopping Block?