#006: How Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible Turned Stacey Poon-Kinney into a Star – The Trails Eatery

Stacey Poon-Kinney (@SPKcooks) of The Trails Eatery Website: https://www.thetrailseatery.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheTrailsEatery/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SPKCooks Instagram: www.instagram.com/thetrailseatery/ www.instagram.com/spkcooks/ Ole Hickory Pits: www.olehickorypits.com/ Weber Grills: www.weber.com/US/en/grills Del Mar BBQ Championship: http://arlie-que.com/event_detail.php?event=10200 KPBS San Diego's Food Network Star Stacey Poon-Kinney article: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/may/30/san-diegos-food-network-star-stacey-poon-kinney/ Stacey Poon-Kinney to be on Food Network Star article: https://www.sdentertainer.com/dining/stacey-poon-kinney-san-diego-restaurant-owner-to-appear-on-food-network-star/ – Stacey Poon-Kinney, Owner of The Trails Eatery located in San Carlos, San Diego – On Memorial Day Weekend, Valley Farm Market sold 200 gallons of guacamole – Stacey Poon-Kinney opened up The Trails Eatery – SPK started working where Cali Comfort BBQ is now back when she was just a kid – SPK has shopped at Valley Farm Market since she was young, loves the Pollo Asado like Andy Harris of Grand Ole BBQ y Asado – SPK managed Rock Bottom Restaurant before deciding to open up her own restaurant – “Good food takes time” – Running out happens because we are making food from scratch, things aren't being manufactured – QUALITY MATTERS ALWAYS – SPK has always loved being around the restaurant environment – Curiosity drives SPK, she wants to learn about everything – Being in the corporate side of things, SPK felt like she learned enough skills to start her own business/restaurant – 80/90 hour weeks are normal for business owners – SPK went from a massive Rock Bottom system to buying a 34 seat restaurant and felt like she could handle bigger, then re-modeled and re-branded to The Trails Eatery – The Trails Eatery is a very neighborhood feel, lots of regulars and friendly faces – Having a sense of community is really important for business owners – SPK has shopped at Valley Farm Market since she was 10 years old – The recession hit businesses hard in San Diego, The Trails Eatery included – The Trails Eatery tried out BBQ Dinners for a period of time – SPK is co-owner with her Father – Having a dinner menu is not easy – A regular brought in an ad for Restaurant Impossible tv show to show SPK and that's how she got on Food Network – http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2012/08/robert-irvines-top-5-most-memorable-restaurant-impossible-moments/ – http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/restaurant-impossible/episodes/the-trails2 – Restaurant Impossible does their full makeover in just 2 days! – Not many restaurants that were on Restaurant Impossible are still open, The Trails Eatery is! – 67% close rate from Season 2 90% close rate from Season 1 – After RI, SPK was on Food Network Star – Being genuine and vulnerable takes you a long way in business – Cali Comfort BBQ closed their breakfast and that's possibly why they are still in business – Be prepared to make very tough decisions but they might end up being the best decisions for your business – SPK was on the 50th episode of Restaurant Impossible – After RI, SPK was on Food Network Star to film for 2 months, while trying to run her business, while trying to be with her family – Shawn is all about the TAB sandwich at Trails Eatery – SPK with the captain of the Essex ship below – Trails Eatery 10 year anniversary party coming soon! – SPK used to do Valley Farm steak and eggs, top sirloin, portion cut 6oz, only Derek could cut them – Thanks to all of our listeners! WHO WANTS STICKERS?! Let us know Get in Touch Derek Marso – https://twitter.com/MarsoDerek Shawn Walchef – https://twitter.com/shawnpwalchef Cory Wagner – www.twitter.com/TheFifthPofmkt Valley Farm Market – www.valleyfarmmarkets.com – www.instagram.com/valleyfarmmarket/ Cali Comfort BBQ – www.calicomfortbbq.com/ – www.instagram.com/calicomfortbbq/ – www.twitter.com/calicomfort Behind The Smoke -www.instagram.

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