Aspiring restaurant owners take the first steps toward achieving their dreams in new Food Network series Buy This Restaurant premiering Wednesday, February 5th at 9pm ET/PT. With the help of commercial real estate expert Keith Simpson, each hopeful restaurateur searches to find the ideal space to launch their new business. In each episode, Keith shows each novice three different properties that could work for their restaurant concept and helps them visualize how the space can work for their business. From a turn-key operation complete with supplies but little room for creativity to a vacant, dilapidated space that needs renovation but has tons of potential, Keith helps the newbies secure the foundation to run the restaurant of their dreams.
“Owning a restaurant is the new American dream and we wanted to capture the exciting, yet crucial first steps of launching that dream into reality,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network.
In one episode, Keith helps Texas native, Joanie, find the best space to launch her new juice business. Currently operating out of a mobile trailer, Joanie is looking for a brick and mortar that will not be a huge financial risk. Keith pushes her outside her comfort zone by showing her a variety of spaces in Austin including a bar and restaurant on popular 6th street, a former music store and an abandoned Thai restaurant. Each property is more different than the next but with Keith’s skilled eye he is able to map out the transformation so Joanie can envision her future and make the final decision that will determine the success of her business. In another episode, Keith heads to Minneapolis to guide Kelly and her sister Lisa as they search for the perfect space to launch their café. Keith shows these first-time buyers a charming café in a lakeside community, a busy downtown coffee shop and a rundown bakery in the suburbs. Kelly and Lisa are overwhelmed as they make one of the biggest decisions of their career.
The Buy This Restaurant series premieres on Food Network tonight, Wednesday, February 5th at 9pm ET/PT. Buy This Restaurant is an eight-episode series that captures the first steps in launching the new American dream of owning a restaurant. I'm a big fan of the show Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives and my daughters love Cake Boss. I hope to check out this new show. Let me know if you do & what you thought of it.For more info: http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/buy-this-restaurant.html