The Restaurant

A Kid From Queens Dreams Big

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 7/20/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Rocco DiSpirito is a kid from Queens who's made good. He's the chef of a three-star Manhattan restaurant, and he has a dream. He wants to open a new restaurant to get back to his Italian American roots. He's even getting his Mom to help him. The problem is he's only got seven weeks to build it and open it - and that usually takes seven months. Rocco begins to search for the ideal location and he encounters pitfalls along the way. He finally finds a space and the PR machine starts to kicks in. Following an announcement on the Today Show, two thousand people show up to interview for jobs. As Rocco trains his new staff, the old space is demolished. The building phase begins and quickly falls behind schedule. With three days left to go, the construction reaches a frenzied pitch, and tempers fray. The looming deadline looks like an impossibility, the staff has not had time to properly train, and the clock keeps ticking. In the frantic last minutes before opening, everyone pitches in. The restaurant may not be ready, but the first guests still arrive - and there's no turning back.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Miller

    Sous Chef

  • Alex Corrado

    Maitre D'

  • Rocco DiSpirito

    Himself

  • Domiziano Arcangeli

    Himself (2004)

  • Natalie Norman

    Waitress

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  • Notes (2)

    • Also aired on Saturday, 7/26/03 at 8:00 P.M. on NBC.

    • This episode, the series premiere, is the first of six episodes.

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