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From the Las Vegas Sun: Robert Irvine didn’t ask producers why they chose the Maple Tree Cafe
in Las Vegas for his show “Restaurant: Impossible.” He never does.
“When I first pull up in my car, I’m really seeing everything for the
first time, and I don’t want to spoil that,” Irvine said this morning
as the Food Network program prepared for its final day of production for the restaurant makeover.
Producers search for restaurants near financial failure and in need
of renovations, checking bankruptcy records and making sure the eateries
are really in dire situations, Irvine said.
He saw as much at the Maple Tree on Spring Mountain Road near Jones Boulevard, when he arrived early Wednesday.
“The decor and the food was awful,” Irvine said. “And like so many
places we visit, we had to fix the relationships first. There was a huge
rift in the family that owns it. They don’t get on at all. It’s a bit
like having children.”
The crew shot from 7 a.m. to midnight, as Irvine and his crew set about to change the face of the Maple Tree.
“It’s a real two days and a real $10,000,” Irvine said of the time
and budget constraints of the program. “We really have less than two
days, because we’re constantly stopping and starting. That takes away
I've heard of the Maple Tree through a review in the LVRJ and they received an A- grade, so what happened since the review in 2006?
From the LVRJ: I would've overlooked The Maple Tree myself were it not for a few
loyal readers who e-mailed shortly after a review of another breakfast
place ran. As I said, it's a fairly small spot, tucked into a strip
shopping center. The sign doesn't scream out as you're whizzing by on
Spring Mountain Road, and such small places rarely have budgets for much
advertising. But -- bless those readers -- I found it, and so should
The Maple Tree bills itself as a "countryside kitchen" with "old-time
rural country cooking in the tradition of a New England-style
sugarhouse restaurant." Redundancies aside, that's just what it is -- a
charming little spot, such as used to dot rural areas of the Northeast
(and still do, in some places).
We were there for breakfast. As you'd imagine, maple's got a
prominent place on this menu, including real maple syrup served with the
pancakes. We'd have been remiss to pass that by, and so decided on a
Sugarhouse Sampler ($7.99), which included not only pancakes but also
two eggs, two links of sausage, two strips of bacon and maple-baked ham.
Yes, the ham did taste of maple -- but just pleasantly, not
overpoweringly so -- and the pancakes were high and light, gently
browned and nicely fluffy, and just right with that syrup.....
Maybe the Monte Cristo crowd should go right away, for a fix. As for the
rest of you: I think The Maple Tree will be around for quite a while. http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2006/Apr-21-Fri-2006/weekly/6877579.html
Strange that they went from great food in 2006 to awful food in 2012. Again, I wonder what happened.