A local couple trying to rebuild their barbecue business won $10,000 in a reality show competition that aired Wednesday on the Food Network.
Sara and Mitchell Matzek of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., won "24 Hour Restaurant Battle," a show in which dueling teams of aspiring restaurateurs are challenged to launch the restaurant of their dreams in a day. The winning team receives $10,000 at the end of the show.
The Matzeks' Texas barbecue roadside stand in Martinsburg, W.Va., was destroyed last summer when it was struck by a car. They told The Herald-Mail in interviews before the show aired that they went into the competition hoping for a win so they could invest the cash prize into rebuilding their business, which they're calling The Q Company.
In the episode, the Matzeks are shown sleeping in the dining room of the restaurant for easy access to the meat smoker, which Mitchell Matzek checked hourly over the course of the night.