Sporting bright, bleached, spiked hair and sunglasses on the back of his head, Food Network star Guy Fieri and his iconic red convertible rolled through Boulder this week to film his show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” at The Sink and Foolish Craig’s Café.
The Sink, located on University Hill, is known for its burgers, specialty pizzas and writing on the walls.
“It was really fun and we were really excited to have it happen,” part owner Mark Heinritz said of Tuesday’s taping. “It’ll be interesting to see how it’s edited down to six or seven minutes from 30 hours of work.”
Heinritz said The Sink made its smoked brisket, “Cowboy Rueben,” vegetarian “Buddha basil pizza” and premium grass-fed “Lasater Ranch Burger” for Fieri’s visit.
“He’s a really nice guy,” Heinritz said. “He really liked what we had going on. He’s just like how you see him on TV.”
Fieri even left his mark on the artfully painted walls of The Sink with a stencil featuring his face and the Food Network logo.
Over at Foolish Craig’s, owner Craig Moelis said Fieri “had us cracking up. He was a really funny guy.”
Moelis said he sort of knew what to expect when the Food Network crews showed up, but “I don’t really think you ever have a true understanding of how shows are filmed.”
Foolish Craig’s stuck to its roots by incorporating its infamous crepes into what it served for Fieri, including the chicken “Duxelles,” crepe with mushrooms, shallots and onions, garlic in marinara sauce.
The cafe also made a butter rum, caramel crepe cake with cream cheese frosting, which Moelis said was Fieri’s favorite.
Alexis Altschuler, Food Network spokeswoman, said the show filmed at a few Denver locations in addition to the two in Boulder.
There’s no air date yet set for the Boulder-Denver episode, but, Altschuler said, it usually takes three to six months after filming to get a show on the air.