Willie Degel puts his skills and knowledge to the test at Lexington Grille and Pub in Bardonia, New York, where he tries to save the restaurant from total collapse by reining in the party-hearty ways of an out-of-control staff. After many successful years, the restaurant is squandering money, and Willie's job is to find out why. He and his team set up a covert stakeout to see where all the cash is going.
One of the first things Willie Degel discovers when he arrives at the Mt. Ivy Cafe in Pomona, N.Y., is that the problems of this restaurant may not be with the staff, but with the owner. She is nickel and diming her clients and this may mean certain death for the business unless Willie can find a manager and bring in a younger clientele.
Willie Degel travels to Willy Parker's restaurant in Williston Park, N.Y., and discovers that the biggest problems are the owners, who are brothers. Their feuding and bickering is dragging Willy Parker's down. If Willie's stakeout can't solve the problems, the brothers' dream of restaurant success as well as their life's savings will be lost forever.