Many of you already know that it was recently confirmed that host Guy Fieri and crew will be cruising into the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area some time in August. I've heard that Spokane reastaurants will be the main focus of the show, but that they will be crossing the state line to Idaho to do a shoot at just one location. The mystery at this point is which eatery will be lucky enough to get the Food Network spotlight from the spiky-haired kind of Flavortown.
I've spoken with a Hudson's Hamburgers employee who told me that despite several years of wooing and begging from the producers of the show, Hudson's will not be featured due to the fact that they wanted the 101-year-old burger mecca to cough up the "secret" recipes for their famous spicy ketchup and mustard. Well, the nerve. Anyway, Hudson's would have been pretty great, but I honestly think the show needs Hudson's more than Hudson's needs the show and they'll be juuuuuust fiiiiiiine without all that Hollywood jazz.
On the Get Out Facebook page, I've had two comments from people who claimed to KNOW, without a doubt, where the show would be shooting in North Idaho. One person said that they had a relative that worked at Rogers Ice Cream and Burgers and that the former Dairy Delite was all-a-twirl getting ready for it. Another commenter suggested that Capone's in Cd'A was Fieri's confirmed destination. Both make a fair amount of sense I suppose but so far nothing has been verified.
The mystery thickened yesterday in the form of the biggest clue I've had so far. Kerri Thoreson snapped a photo (see above) this weekend of the reader board outside the Cataldo Inn which reads "STAY TUNED...DINER'S, DRIVE INS, AND DIVE'S". "They spelled everything correctly but are guilty of apostrophy overuse," notes Kerri, and dangling participles aside, this is an interesting development.
The place really hadn't crossed my mind as a candidate, and it's certainly a bit off the radar, but I'm all for it. The Cataldo Inn is older than Councilman Ron and is certainly a funky, fun, and highly featurable establishment. Reading back on the review of the place I published over a year ago, I described it as having a "roadhouse ambiance", thrilled about the fact that they sell that divine rare form of caloric ecstasy, Chester Fried Chicken, and included a photo of the tallest, overstuffed cheeseburger ever (photo on left) - I'd forgotten how much we truly enjoyed the place. It's unique and kitschy and perfect for the show, methinks.