NYC restaurateur Willie Degel helps struggling restaurant owners see the truth.
Willie Degel (Host)
|"You Can't Fire Family" Ariana Restaurant in Huntington, N.Y., is a family-run business suffering from too much family and not enough business; the owner's son reached out to help save the restaurant from its lax atmosphere toward customers. (Repeat)||FOOD|
|"Little Place, Lotsa Drama" Taqueria Autentica in Bloomfield, N.J. is struggling with novice mistakes, botched food orders and a young staff misbehaving. (Repeat)||FOOD|
There are shows on TV, including Food Network's own ``Restaurant: Impossible,'' in which chefs help struggling restaurateurs turn their businesses around. ``Restaurant Stakeout'' takes that format to another level by using hidden cameras to surreptitiously watch the crew to see what really goes on when waiters, bartenders, kitchen staff and other employees think no one is watching. Analyzing that hidden-camera footage is restaurateur Willie Degel, who owns a chain of steakhouses in New York. After seeing how the staff acts, Degel uses his tough-love approach to improve the employees' work ethic and, ultimately, turn around the restaurant's fortunes. If employees don't improve their poor working habits, Degel shows them the door because his goal is making things better for the struggling eatery's owner.
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