Brandon Landry said he felt especially nervous walking into the Lafayette location of Walk-On's while filming for the CBS TV show "Undercover Boss."

Landry, founder and CEO of the Louisiana sports bar, was still involved in the day-to-day operations and training of staff in 2011 when he opened his third location in the heart of Cajun Country.

"There is a part — and I'm pretty sure this is going to make the show — where I introduce myself in Lafayette," Landry said. "I almost gave it away. I was just more nervous about Lafayette because I knew so many people, managers and even waitresses that have been there literally since we opened."

One of those people is Jessica "Mama Jess" Comeaux, who manages the kitchen of the Lafayette Walk-On's. Landry said he's worked with her a few times through the years as they trained staff at new locations of the sports bar.

Landry said he got to see a different side of her last summer during the show's filming.

"Jessica proved to me she's the right kind of person, the epitome of what we want in a Walk-On's employee," Landry said. "This experience proved that everyone has a story, and it's good to get to know some of those stories."

The episode of "Undercover Boss" featuring Walk-On's will kick off a new season of the reality TV series, which follows high-level executives as they work anonymously alongside their staff to understand the inner workings of their operation.

It premieres at 7 p.m. Wednesday on CBS. The Lafayette restaurant, 2336 Kaliste Saloom Road, will hold a watch party and offer specials that day. 

Although Landry and Comeaux can't reveal too much, they were able to share a few details about what happened during the show's filming.

TV producers helped Landry hide his true identity with a wig, beard and glasses. They also helped him find a new name, Cal Griffin, and a believable backstory in case somebody questioned him.

Landry said he chose the first name for his childhood idol, Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken, and borrowed his mother's maiden name to complete his alter ego. He opted to go undercover as a retired soybean farmer because he grew up on a sugar cane farm in White Castle.

"I was told a documentary on second careers was coming to feature a former farmer, Cal Griffin, who would be training with our team in the kitchen as a manager," Comeaux said. "I knew we would be working together closely, but beyond that, I wasn't given much information."

Comeaux can't yet share what happened when she realized Cal Griffin was actually the founder and CEO of Walk-On's. 

She'll be watching the episode for the first time alongside Landry during a VIP party in Baton Rouge on Wednesday.

"It should be fun to watch the show and see everyone's reactions, especially to the scenes I am in with Brandon," Comeaux said. "The party is going to be decked out with Walk-On's and 'Undercover Boss' decorations, and we'll be eating some of Walk-On's signature entrees as we watch. It's going to be the perfect way to celebrate."

The Lafayette location of Walk-On's won't be the only spot featured in the episode.

Landry also went undercover at the restaurant's shrimp supplier, C.F. Gollott & Son Seafood in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The episode will also feature Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, who is a partner of Walk-On's. Brees was filmed at a New Orleans location of Walk-On's in June.

It took more than three hours, along with prosthetic hair and makeup, to disguise one of the most recognizable faces in New Orleans. But ultimately, the transformation worked.

"He got to walk down Poydras Street with nobody stopping him, which was pretty cool," Landry said. "I think a little bit of Drew liked that, that he could walk down the street without people knowing who he was."

Brees will stay "low key" and watch the episode with his family at home instead of attending the VIP party, according to Landry, but he did sign footballs to give out during the episode premiere parties happening Wednesday at all locations of Walk-On's.

Landry said he and Brees agreed to go undercover when producers approached them about the show because Walk-On's is in the middle of an expansion.

The sports bar has 33 locations operating in the South and plans to open 18 additional locations by the end of 2020.

"We're on the verge of this major growth," Landry said. "And this provided us with the opportunity to look at employee culture, standards, everything. Lots of people may have been hesitant because it's not always a good showing of your company, but I'm a firm believer in knowing the brutal truth: the good, the bad and the ugly."

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Email Megan Wyatt at mwyatt@theadvocate.com.