Rocco and Jeffrey's final meeting leaves Rocco with two options: to buy Jeffrey out of the business or accept a check to end his involvement with the restaurant.
Rocco makes a brief, halfhearted attempt to wrest control of the restaurant back from Jeffrey.
Ill will continues as Rocco and co-owner Jeffrey Chodorow square off in front of the lunch crowd and the staff; Rocco vents his frustrations on the staff and Jeffrey's representative.
Rocco visits his alma mater, the Culinary Institute of America, while Jeffrey makes it clear to the staff that he is the owner.
Owner Jeffrey Chodorow hires a team of consultants to figure out why the restaurant is losing money and to come up with ways to stop it.
Since the restaurant shows no sign of turning a profit, owner Jeffrey Chodorow decides to take away Rocco DiSpirito's control of day-to-day operations.
The bartender feels threatened because of the new blond waitress; Pete is demoted to dishwasher; Rocco invites the entire staff to the Hamptons for a clambake.
The staff gets angry when their paychecks do not come; Rocco's exhausted mother gets sick; Rocco works as a server and realizes how difficult it is.
Rocco's general manager threatens to leave; Father Markezie blesses the restaurant; Rocco makes noticeable improvements in the kitchen.
A waiter shows up with his arm in a sling, and Rocco treats him poorly; a critic is unhappy with her food; the staff meets at the end of the night to complain about Rocco.
Rocco extinguishes a fire in the kitchen, but the smoke drives away a food critic from The New York Times; patrons complain; a waiter falls and injures himself.
Chronicling celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito's experiences as he creates, launches and operates a Manhattan dining establishment.