Lake Effect Diner in Buffalo will be featured November 16, 2009 @ 10 p.m. on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”. The episode spotlighting the local diner was filmed over a two week period this past August when Guy Fieri and his crew came to town. Here to showcase eight of Buffalo’s eating establishments for his popular show, Fieri also found time to film a pilot for a new television show featuring “ultimate” tailgating.
The crew from Page Productions, who produces “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”, began corresponding with Tucker and Erin Curtin, owners of Lake Effect Diner, in May. The producers were originally interested in Dug’s Dive, a sister restaurant owned by the couple, but decided on the Lake Effect Diner because of the volume and diversity of artisan local foods being processed and served there. The six to eight minute segment will feature preparations of House Cured and Smoked Ham with Red Eye Gravy, House Ground Italian Sausage, and the Italian Haddock Dinner with tomatoes and fresh basil.
“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to hit the national spotlight,” exclaims Tucker Curtin, who believes that the experience has helped define the establishment and build greater camaraderie amongst his staff members. The staff has been preparing for weeks in anticipation of its television debut. “It is not uncommon to see business increase by 300 % the day after the show airs,” said Jeremy Greene, the on-location producer of the Lake Effect segment. The Curtins are ready though, “The trick here is being as efficient and consistent as ever so that the increase in business won’t just be a flash in the pan,” said Curtin.
A public screening of the “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” featuring Lake Effect Diner will be held at The Steer @ 3151 Main Street (next door to the diner). The Lake Effect segment is to be featured first at 10 p.m. sharp, so be sure to arrive in time to get a good seat! The Steer is a sibling restaurant of the Diner and will offer samples of the food items showcased on the program.