Tonight’s episode of “Mystery Diners” was titled, “Chef’s Choice” where Charles Stiles and his crew of undercover diners came to Buster’s Beach House at the behest of Patrick Holleran, the owner because their profit margin is dwindling. He has his suspicions, but will let Charles and his crew determine exactly where it is coming from.
Charles and Tracy met with Patrick, who told them his pouring costs had risen and working with a low profit margin to begin with; they cannot afford to lose more money. The top-shelf alcohol is disappearing, and the top shelf sales are not being recorded in the computer. The suspicion is mainly on KP; a bartender, but other employees will be monitored as well. Tracy will go in as a waitress-in-training and Shelby will pose as a customer.
When Patrick saw the camera control room, he was astounded. The kitchen camera spotted Johnny, the executive chef. Patrick thinks the world of him because he keeps the kitchen running smoothly and immaculate. However, Johnny seems to be bullying a waiter named Brian.
Shelby and her boyfriend sat at the bar; KP asked for their ID, as Patrick and Charles were hoping. She ordered a Grey Goose martini, and he ordered a rum and coke. Charles told her to hold back on her ID, he insisted, and she showed it to him and got served. KP then threw an orange wedge in the sink which also contained several other fruit slices.
Tracy was starting her shift and followed the head waitress around. When she asked about Chef Johnny, she was told that he plays favorites, and because she was pretty, he would love her, but he did not think much of her trainer. He then called Brian “Brianna” and was harassing him and started sexually harassing Tracy.
When the bar back attempted to clean up the fruit from the sink, KP told him to leave it. As Brian’s customers were not getting their food, Johnny was getting more overbearing to Brian and purposely held back his orders. This is unacceptable behavior.
Each time KP rang up a top-shelf drink as a well drink, he threw a piece of fruit in the sink. At the end of his shift, he counted the fruit, then checked out his drawer and put the extra money in his pocket before going to the manager’s office with his till.
In the kitchen, Brian was the only one who was not getting food, and Johnny was clearly holding back his orders. When Tracy tried to help out Brian, he got his order immediately because Johnny thought it was for her.
Patrick had enough of this mess and went and brought both employees in to be confronted by their actions. KP threw the money from his pocket on the desk and walked out when Patrick threatened to call the police. Johnny said he was stressed out and asked for another chance. Patrick saw enough and fired him on the spot.
Since he was fired, Johnny apologized and is seeking counseling, but KP went to work elsewhere. After four months, Patrick has a new executive chef and bartender and is no longer losing money. Had it not been for the “Mystery Diners,” this situation could have been the ruination of this great bar and restaurant.
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