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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– A Wilmington restaurant is getting some national attention. In October, Salt Works II was picked by the Food Network for its show “Restaurant: Impossible,” which airs tonight at 10 p.m.

It all started when Salt Works II owner, Mike Thyberg responded to a newspaper ad looking for struggling restaurants.

Several restaurants in North Carolina responded to the ad, but the Food Network decided on the long-time Wilmington eatery. Thyberg had only owned the restaurant for a few months when chef Robert Irvine and his crew came in with a budget of $10,000 and 36 hours to renovate and reinvent the Port City icon.

The front of the building was repainted, and a new wood bar was installed along with updated light fixtures and ceiling fans.

“The biggest change is fresh food,” says Thyberg. “It’s all fresh food. You know, getting rid of all the canned food. Cans were killing us. It was money just sitting on the shelf that we couldn’t use.”

Now, vegetables are cut daily, soups and desserts are made in house, and new items were added to the menu. Thyberg says initially some of the regulars were skeptical of the transformation, but in the long run, it has paid off. Several new faces are coming into Salt Works II.

“This was a tryout,” says Salt Works II first timer, Sieny Vanvoorst. “It’s a good place to have lunch or dinner.”

Though the restaurant has been updated and tweaked, those who know and love it say some things will always stay the same.

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6 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Wilmington restaurant Salt Works II getting national attention"

2015 years 9 months ago

the person who entered this fake review was also the one who entered the one below it under a different name (guest eater). its a shame how bitter some queens are and how far they will go to try and harm someone.

Rob C
2015 years 9 months ago

What a complete joke. I visited Salt Works II the day after the show aired on Food Network. I waited 20 minutes and never even had anyone come get a drink order. A family of 4 next to me had the same experience plus they waited 20 minutes at a table that had never even been cleaned off. After waiting 20 minutes I left and so did the family of 4. Worst service I have ever had at any restaurant anywhere.

Guest eater
2015 years 9 months ago

That show was a joke. The owners should sue for malpractice. And how they lost money after taking it over only shows the owners incompetence.

I feel sorry for whoever loaned these guys money.

2015 years 9 months ago

I thought the show was touching,and I really felt for those two guys. I had my first meal at the NEW saltworks II the other night and was amazed. The fried green tomatos were just as good as they looked on tv, and the rest of my meal was equally as delicious. Unlike some of the other comments I’ve read, my service was great. Keep it up SaltworksII!

2015 years 9 months ago

One thing is for sure, the service hasn’t been upgraded. Since watching the show on Food Network, we’ve eaten at the restaurant twice…both times, we waited far too long to have our drink orders taken and our food delivered. Once our plates were finally tossed on the table, we never was the waitress again until we flagged her down for our tickets…we even got our own tea and water from the wait station. Proving you can put a dress on a pig, but you can’t make it dance.

2015 years 9 months ago

the person who who put this fake review was probably a bitter queen rejected by one of the owners.


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