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[02/11/13 - 09:02 AM]
Restaurant Guru Willie Degel Continues to Save Restaurants One Employee at a Time in "Restaurant Stakeout"
The show's third season kicks off Wednesday, March 13 at 10:00/9:00c on Food Network.

[via press release from Food Network]

RESTAURANT GURU WILLIE DEGEL CONTINUES TO SAVE RESTAURANTS ONE EMPLOYEE AT A TIME IN "RESTAURANT STAKEOUT"

Season Three Premieres Wednesday, March 13th at 10pm ET/PT

NEW YORK, NY - February 11, 2013 - New York restaurateur Willie Degel is back for the third season of the hidden camera series Restaurant Stakeout, premiering Wednesday, March 13th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Using his infamous and covert surveillance tactics, Willie shows struggling restaurant owners what really happens when their employees think no one is watching. Willie has built his success on his "customer is king" philosophy, which remains the key to saving restaurants around the country from closing their doors. From lazy, neglectful managers to feisty, rude waitstaff Willie needs to whip these employees into shape before their appalling customer service drives business away for good.

Episodes include:

Premiering Wednesday, March 13th at 10pm ET/PT - SEASON PREMIERE

"Three Strikes and You're Out!"

Willie Degel, New York City restaurant czar, is the last hope for Mohammad Ababafha, owner of Shiraz Persian Restaurant in Elmsford, NY. Hard times and bad luck have forced Mohammad out of business not once but twice before, and this is his final shot at keeping his restaurant afloat. Willie's team of surveillance professionals equips the entire space with hidden cameras and microphones to determine what has kept the restaurant from being a success. Can Willie uncover the problems that have led to disaster in the past, and fix the restaurant once and for all?

Premiering Wednesday, March 20th at 10pm ET/PT

"Momma's Boy"

It's Willie Degel, New York City restaurant guru, to the rescue to save Luis Concepción, owner of authentic Puerto Rican restaurant The Latin Kitchen in The Bronx. Due to a tragic accident and some fierce competition in the neighborhood, Luis and his restaurant are on the verge of ruin. It's up to Willie and his surveillance professionals to find out what has been going on behind-the-scenes that is ruining the restaurant. Will Willie's stakeout save the Latin Kitchen before it is too late?

Premiering Wednesday, March 27th at 10pm ET/PT

"You Can't Be Everything to Everybody"

Restaurateur Willie Degel comes to the aid of A.J. Cohen of A.J.'s Burgers in New Rochelle, NY. when he finds that despite award-winning burgers the restaurant is failing financially. Willie and his stakeout team must uncover the issues that are driving the business into the ground, and educate the owner and staff on where they went wrong. Will Willie be able to turn things around? Or will A.J.'s have to close its doors for good?

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