Ok, I am going to say my peace on this show and be on with it. Rocco's the SHOW, success. I would normally switch off the tele the first time I heard a blatant product placement. I nearly barfed on myself when Rocco "acted" like he was out of money last week and said, "I know! How about we call American Express small business where they bridge the gap!" But none the less, I can look past those things to laugh at this train wreck. It is edited well and the staged scenes drive me crazy (how did those cameras just so happen to be in Caroline's apartment when Topher called her anyways?).... BUT... I enjoy it! It is good eye candy.
Now, why Rocco's the Restaurant doesn't work (for now).. it is filled with bad waiters. They seemed to hire half qualified people and half quirky personalities. Every server can get in the weeds at any time (see Topher - whom I think is a superb waiter)... but the rest of the wait staff has to be good enough to pick up the slack at that moment. You have to have a manager that recogizes there is a problem and you have to have a capable staff to pick up the pieces. When you have a guy faking injuries to get camera time then you have big problems. Notice how we never heard the doctor comment on this "injury". So if you have one weak link then the chain breaks and things go out of control. The management has to take some of the blame. They didn't train them. That is why I said this restaurant would have NEVER opened in the real world. You do not risk a $4 million (or even a $40,000) investment when you are not ready. That proved to me that this was not a real restaurant; it was more about the show than the longevity of the establishment.
So they are stuck with an inept staff that has "incomplete" talent. This leads to a mutiny. I could FINALLY see who the real waiters were this week. Topher is a real waiter but he is a drama queen and feeds of of the attention and the frenzy. The goth looking Marilyn Manson guy and the fat guy are real waiters. They couldn't believe that everyone was bitching and I have to agree. The rest f the staff are mad because Rocco seems to walk around and not care. Well, Rocco has decided to be the PR guy and has hired 3 supporting managers to take care of this stuff. The PROBLEM is that the support managers are not taking care of anything other than re-assigning smart ass waiters to be dish runners. So where is the conflict between Rocco and his managers?
Ok, Rocco's the show... thumbs up. I am literally on the edge of my seat to see what they screw up next and who is the next to ham it up in front of the camera (so pathetic). Rocco's the restaurant - it will keep this gimmick for a year. At that time it will either fail or it will become a nightspot that serves about 10% food. Maybe that is what he really wants, I know that I did after 10 years inthe rest business. He seems to be setting the stage for a drink and apps nightspot which would be fine if that is what it started off as.. but changing the identity again is going to be tough... and how do you fire Mama? What is she going to do, wait tables? Maybe she can bartend? the music is blaring, I get the feeling that Rocco really wanted to open a nightclub but settled for this. The focus will be on drinks and not the food because the concept for the food is bad. You can't serve an $18 anything in a paper sack. As we all know, the hot nights spots come and go... if this does catch on, I think it would be for another 6 months tops. So that would give it a year and a half in business. Not enough to break even but long enough to declare that it wasn't a complete failure (which it was). I just wish the show was that long as well so I could watch every single screw up.