Local Restaurants Featured on Food Network's Mystery Diners Tonight

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The scene of the first episode of Mystery Diners.

Note: This post has been edited since its original version.

A new reality TV show called Mystery Diners airs on Food Network tonight at 10 pm, and the "stars" -- for the next five or six weeks anyway -- are Phoenix area restaurant owners and their employees.

The premise? When restaurant owners suspect their employees are messing up -- whether they might be lying, steallng, fraternizing with staff, mistreating customers or simply falling down on the job -- they call Mystery Diners, a group of "undercover operatives" with hidden cameras, who try to ferret out what's really going on.
Naturally, there's a "sting room," where the owners can watch what unfolds in horror.

Wondering if you know any of these soon-to-be celebs?

Tonight's first episode (called Bringing Down the Haus) features Brett and Rose Hoffmann, who own the German restaurant Haus Murphy's in Glendale.

The episode immediately following at 10:30 pm centers on The Groves Bar & Grill in Gilbert.

Future Phoenix spots featured include Big Earl's Greasy Eats, Blue Moose and Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge. Look for the episode on Amaro, which centers around co-owner Frank Vairo and his lousy manager, on June 15.

We'll keep you posted on more future episodes, as well.


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Location Info

Haus Murphy's

5739 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: Music

Big Earl's BBQ - CLOSED

7213 E. First Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge

28234 N. Tatum Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Blue Moose

7373 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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divaofsongs
divaofsongs

I worked at one of the restaurants on this show when it was filmed and it was not faked at all, at least not to my knowledge. They got release forms signed from all patrons once they left the dining room. They were approached in the parking lot before leaving and if they did not sign, they were not used and "fill-ins" were filmed later on to edit into the show. The fact that this was taking place was kept a secret from the restaurant employees. As far as re-staging goes, after the "culprit" was exposed, there were several of us who had to re-enact some of the scenes that they needed better footage of but as far as the authenticity of the whole "bust," it was real. For instance, I was asked to replace the name of a bar we all hung out at after work with a non-specific phrase. I just had to speak it into the microphone for them to edit it in. Another instance was one scene we all had to come back with the same clothing on and retake a part they did not get good footage from. The "culprit" in my episode should have went to jail but no charges were pressed if they agreed to allow the network to air the episode. It was that or they were going to jail because it was all on tape. Not very nice and kind of underhanded but I think it served the purpose. So, they may be fake on other episodes but they were not fake on mine. I live in Phoenix and I do not wish to disclose the name because I don't want to be hounded. I no longer work there and left on bad terms so I prefer to stay anonymous. 

hhee
hhee

Yes, I think it's fake also. The bad apples they are focus on seem to be actors I have seen somewhere before (meaning they are just actors). The recent episode, that guy who is supposed to be the host was just too good looking. Everything seems staged, because whatever they think the bad apples will do, they will do. I know there are lots editing, but editing to exactly to the tee is almost not possible. However, whenever you are staging something, you are bound to make mistakes. For example, on another episode when they think the chef is buying inferior product. Of course, they showed him buy an inferior fish and pass it as the Chilean bass, but the problem is: The chef said to the supplier (who is working as a "mystery diner") to give him 20 lbs of this (inferior) fish, then he gave him this whole "inferior" fish. Really? that whole fish is exactly 20 lbs? You don't have to weigh it to make sure it's 20 lbs? 

f14mech
f14mech

This show is soooooooo fake/staged. It really insults my intelligence. Food network....come on, please!!!

CaliGirl
CaliGirl

A business cannot put up any kind of surveillance without telling the employees and customers first. For filming a tv show, there has to be a sign outside the business saying there is filming taking place inside and by entering, you allow them to use your likeness. So the premise of this show is catching employees stealing- cant do that without telling them there are cameras set up!!! Do you really think these employees would then allow themselves to be put on national tv showing them stealing from their employer? C'mon!!!!!

FAKE
FAKE

Im sick of these fake bs shows. I thought Food Network was above that trueTv crap.

Q4Raceboy
Q4Raceboy

I’m not saying that the show is real but if that is true how are they allowed to do it on the show, “what would you do?”  Is the law you’re talking about pertains to AZ only?

G2racer
G2racer

Yeah, sooo bad.  I keep giving it "one more week" just so I can keep trying to convince my girlfriend that this is all cooked.  I thought the Big Earl's episode was bad enough, but the Caffé Boa episode this week was the cherry on top of this craptastic sundae.  The completely cast/phony trainee "Sophia".  Really?  Would any real trainee in any business act that way?  Drinking on the job twice, terrible table manners, picking up on customers, and eating off customers' plates, ALL in one night?  Topped off by her not-so-surprised reaction to being called out in the war room? Sure.... no, no... it's legit :-/ D-bag or not, the owner can't even keep a straight face at any point he's on camera; be it just commenting on his, "This my life, I have a family..." or having a "shocked" reaction to something he's just seen on the monitors -- pretty much Jimmy Fallon trying not to crack during the Blue Oyster Cult skit. (Ditto for the owner of Big Earl's) You're better than this, Food Network. Please sh*t-can this junk ASAP.

Boredtv
Boredtv

 So fake. Staged and scripted.

Carrie-Lee Touhey
Carrie-Lee Touhey

I'm watching this right now and am STUNNED at how fake it actually is. I mean, we all know much of this stuff is scripted but COME ON! 

K W
K W

Indeed. She was a total actor. 100%. Saying shes huge and is he the father. Give me a break... fake.

Jimmy408
Jimmy408

I watched it tonight for cafe boa and the "new" girl was way way fake. I'd bet everything she was hired by the show to cause drama. Notice how everyone else did a good job and she was way over the top. This show is beyond staged and fake.

guest
guest

thought this show was comical. It is fake..theres no need to 'prove it; as some commenters keep saying. You can tell. The big earl episode for example. The woman was stealing money from her and yet she didnt ask for any of the money the manager had been stuffing into her bra back...she didnt have her arrested for theft....and alot of what the managers say and do is loud and you can tell its fake. Plus in the two eps I watched both managers were talking about 'betrayal and back stabbing' If someone was stealing from me and doing all the shit they were doing...they would not only be fired but in jail as well. And an apology like both managers from both episodes did would not fly...but charges sure as hell would.

Axl
Axl

I see caffe boa in Tempe (not the Ahwatukee location which is separately owned) is on upcoming episode, the owner jay wisniewski has no one but himself to blame in his failure, this show is a joke and makes the fault look like on the staff but that's just not true at all... Jay filed bankruptcy and is a mess, don't blame your staff( he doesn't even pay them), payroll checks, if they even get one, always bounce .. This is just ridiculous.

Psdevin
Psdevin

Just watched Mystery Diners.  This is so FAKE!  I have not seen anything so fake since TRU TV's (so-called) reality shows.
This series is a insult to the average viewer.  It's so badly re-enacted.

Kimberlybrennan
Kimberlybrennan

This Fridays show (june 1) is actually Big Earls Greasy Eats in Cave Creek...not Big Earls BBQ. I know, I'm Earl!!

Kenny Powers
Kenny Powers

If they want to catch problems, they should film the kitchen at Big Earls, that's where crimes take place every time they present food to be served. SO bad, omg.

Jenna
Jenna

The owners of Haus Murphy's are my relatives and my Uncle was SO excited to tell me about this new show he was working on, on the food network. I was just as excited to see it. But now as I am watching it I cannot believe he would agree to do something like this. I am kind of sad and ashamed. Especially since he was on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives and his restaurant is doing SO well. What a bummer.

Detour39095
Detour39095

Fake - "Chef Dave" is Dave Germain, who runs a production company called "Disjointed Productions."

Realityreally
Realityreally

I know of two of these restaurants that they have used as locations, and have spoken to the real staff. This show is a complete fake in using actors in key roles with scripted situations. I feel sorry for the owners of these businesses where they will get extremely bad press. I see this as terrible advertising and hope they got paid well for being dragged through the mud.

SFSGM
SFSGM

@divaofsongs Sounds like CBS and the exploding trucks.  At least in the state of Washington it IS fake because anybody recording another person's voice without consent (except for very specific reasons) is a gross misdemeanor.

And the Mystery Diner "Owner" is about as annoying as anybody I've ever watched.

DaisyBuchanan
DaisyBuchanan

@divaofsongs 

Just to be clear... if patrons didn't sign the releases, their roles were re-staged; scenes were re-enacted; audio was looped after the fact; re-takes were done until the necessary drama was achieved; yet you still assert "they were not fake on [my episode].


I don't think you know what the definition of "fake" means.

philco6505
philco6505

@CaliGirl I'm sorry, my friend, but there is no law that requires a business to inform their guests that they are under surveillance. From convenience stores (I work for one) to banks, we all are being watched--and there are no warning signs posted (except for the halibut as a deterrent.)

bradatolla
bradatolla

@Q4Raceboy I was going to make the same point.  Also what about Nanny cameras?  It kinda defeats the purpose to have a "hidden" camera if you have to tell the people that you are "spying"(hence the name spy cameras).  After everything is taped, then from there they let them know they were taped and get permission to show the footage.  That's why on Primetime's What Would You Do they fade out some of the passerby.  Every time I watch a new episode I have the same argument that people would recognize the actors since they are used repeatedly.  Most likely it happens, but when you are in the business of the day or routine you are likely to second guess and then when everything is revealed to be set up is when you make sense of everything.  It happens to all of us with something simple like a surprise party.  And before someone tries to point out public footage vs. surprise party are two different cases, I know.  Lol.  I am making an argument against the case of people can't be fooled because of some obvious circumstances, we can, it's called second guessing ourselves or situations.  Lol. 

Pmtlewdw
Pmtlewdw

 They didn't air her asking for the money back - that doesn't mean she didn't ask for it.  I think there is a need for someone to give some proof when they make a claim that something is fake. I'd like to hear some facts, not opinions.

Jommy408
Jommy408

His staff actually did well, except for the " new girl" who was obviously a bad actress that was hired by the show. She did more stupid shit in one show then I have seen anyone do over 10 years waiting tables. No way that was real. If anyone knows that girl I bet she is an acting student at asu.

Axl
Axl

It is fake most definitely, the show is staged, employees are told what to say, there's absolutely no reality here at all.

Guest
Guest

 Prove it. Don't tell us you thinnk it looks like this or that. Prove it up with a fact or three.

Garrickc7005
Garrickc7005

The party at the end of the show is what gave it away for me...fake..I was hoping it wasn't like restaurant stakeout...

Gumpany
Gumpany

So they filmed the episode at your restaurant? Is it legit or staged?
 

jliven23
jliven23

Agree...kind of a silly thing to do for a place that always seems to have it together. That said I won't hold it against them because the food is terrific and the people have always been so friendly in my few trips there.

I can think of plenty of other places I would like to see explored like this however.

nikkibuchanan
nikkibuchanan

Jenna, I can really appreciate what you're saying. Brett and Rose are such sweet people, and they take pride in their restaurant. Not sure this show made any sense for them. I think a follow-up with the restaurants who participated would be interesting.

Guest
Guest

You gotta do better than that. Prove it with a fact or actual testimony
from someone involved. Merely pointing to the production company doesn't
mean a thing. And merely copying and pasting a post doesn't prove it either.

Steve Erwin
Steve Erwin

Fake - "Chef Dave" is Dave Germain, who runs a production company called "Disjointed Productions."

nikkibuchanan
nikkibuchanan

I think you make a good point. When potential customers see restaurant owners who purportedly don't have a handle on their business, aren't they completely turned off? Maybe I'll follow up after the show and see how things have shaken out for the restaurants who participated.

booklet.geo
booklet.geo

She just means they really did bust someone.

SFSGM
SFSGM

@philco6505 @CaliGirl If you a recording voices in a two-party consent state, you MUST notify people of that, at least in the state of Washington (with a limited exceptions and this wouldn't be one), you are guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

CaliGirl
CaliGirl

@Pmtlewdw You can't film anyone in a place of business without permission. You have to tell everyone in there there are cameras! It's the law! So that means that every single person in that place has given permission to be filmed and have it aired on tv! So can't record chef stealing/ dropping food without telling him ahead of time that there are cameras being placed throughout restaraunt- so think about it...why would he continue doing what he was doing if he knew he as being filmed??? Oh yeah, he's an ACTOR.

Jimmy408
Jimmy408

Hello shill were you one of the "actors" err I mean employees on the show?

Gumpany
Gumpany

Here is proof. On the Groves "Chef Dave" episode, the Mystery Diner guy
showed the owner a Craig's List ad written by Chef Dave advertising his
catering business. Freeze the DVR. The date of the ad is March 22nd. The
epilogue of the show states the show was taped 4 months ago. Do the
math, dude.

CaliGirl
CaliGirl

@Guest Search mystery diner fake tv show- you wil see all the proof you need- it's a basic thing- cant do anything Iike this with breaking the law.

jonno232
jonno232

In the Haus Murphy episode... The nephew that is running the restaurant is really a local valley comedian who worked in local law enforcement, and was given the option to retire, or be fired for his role on the show because it showed him stealing.

 

proof enough? I know the guy.

Raceboy
Raceboy

I can easily prove it's fake. You cannot tape audio in private areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, like an office, without the prior consent of all parties. It's a violation of federal wiretapping laws. I specialize on employment law and my client would own the restaurant not to mention the perpetrators would be in jail because it's not only a tort but a criminal violation.

Jimmy408
Jimmy408

Shut up shill. A 5 year old can clearly see this is fake.

Gumpany
Gumpany

Here is proof. On the Groves "Chef Dave" episode, the Mystery Diner guy showed the owner a Craig's List ad written by Chef Dave advertising his catering business. Freeze the DVR. The date of the ad is March 22nd. The epilogue of the show states the show was taped 4 months ago. Do the math, dude.

HawtBalls
HawtBalls

We all know "reality shows" are at the very least edited heavily to construct story lines.  More than we know likely feed lines to the poor saps that agree to be on them.  However some are bigger offenders than others and this one has really takes the cake. 

Proof?  If you've seen the show and are demanding proof it's fake then you may never be convinced but I'd like to point out a few things anyway.

-The employees speak more like bad actors than bad employees.
-Every bottle I saw in the Big Earl's ep seemed to be pointed away from the camera, no  blurring required.
-The amount of bad behavior they catch on the very first day (only day) that they film is comical.
-Why would a disgraced and fired employee agree to be on camera?
-The actors, oh I mean bad employees, seem to talk very loudly when they're saying something that would implicate them.  They also repeat these lines, I mean naturally occurring expresions. 

jonno232
jonno232

I am friends with the guy who was the "nephew" in the Haus Murphy's episode. He was working in law enforcement at the time. He ended up retiring due to not being able to discuss the episode due to a non-disclosure contract with Food Network. Because the promo showed him working another job without filling out the proper paperwork for off duty employment, and depicted him stealing, it caused a lot of problems for him. Worse so because he want allowed to talk about it. He is now doing stand up comedy locally.

 

There is some proof.

Guest
Guest

You gotta do better than that. Prove it with a fact or actual testimony from someone involved. Merely pointing to the production company doesn't mean a thing.

SFSGM
SFSGM

@CaliGirl You're totally wrong, at least in the state of Washington.  This exclusion only applies when there is an expectation of privacy such as in a locker room or restroom.

Now with regard to voice recording, yes, you need two party consent here with limited exceptions, and this isn't one.

MO2234
MO2234

@CaliGirl I do think a lot of things about the show are fake (e.g., using actors, creative editing, reenacting/inventing scenes, etc.).  However, employers ARE allowed to video tape (and in many states audio record) their employees without their knowledge.  To have the footage aired, they would have to get consent, but as many have said about this show, employees who commit illegal acts often consent in exchange for all charges being dropped.  Every state is different, but PrivacyRights.org (https://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs7-work.htm#5video) describes the federal and some states' laws pretty clearly.

Tony
Tony

Small point noticed during the Big Earl feature. When the male guest went out to the restroom with the bartender he had a full beer and 15mins later when he came back in it was still full. Also when they were done pouring all the bottle margaritas, there was barley any tequlia missing from the bottle?? What a cheap pour that was :)

Kpeters
Kpeters

This show is insulting. Do the producers really think we are stupid enough to believe it is real?

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