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Guy Fieri’s Tri-City visit creates online buzz

Chef Guy Fieri includes crowd in Richland taping

Chef Guy Fieri of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives television show includes fans gathered at The Parkway in Richland to record a portion of a show with him. He's in town to feature three local restaurants.
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Chef Guy Fieri of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives television show includes fans gathered at The Parkway in Richland to record a portion of a show with him. He's in town to feature three local restaurants.

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri was in the Tri-Cities this week filming for his popular TV show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

He was spotted Tuesday by a Tri-City Herald photographer in The Parkway in Richland, which is home to both Frost Me Sweet Bakery & Bistro and Porter’s Real Barbecue — two restaurants that posted on Facebook last week that they’d been selected to appear on the show.

Barley’s BrewHub in Kennewick also posted last week that it had been selected.

All three restaurants since have taken down their posts about the show but starting Sunday they had posted notices about planning to be closed for a day or two for various reasons.

Fieri also reportedly is expected to drop by Ethos Bakery & Cafe, as well as a Mexican bakery and local pizza restaurant, while in town.

Guy Fieri group shot
Chef Guy Fieri is surrounded by crew members and fans gathered Tuesday in The Parkway in Richland for recordings of his Food Network television show, Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. Bob Brawdy Tri-City Herald

A red 1968 Camaro convertible often driven by the chef in his Food Network TV show was in The Parkway on Tuesday morning, rumors spread on social media and a crowd began to form.

Some snapped selfies with his trademark ride before it began to rain and a crew member quickly covered it up.

Guy Fieri Camaro selfie
Leticia Whitten, owner of Miss Tamales in Richland, uses her cellphone Tuesday for a selfie with the 1968 Camaro convertible called FLVRTWN featured in the Dines, Drive-Ins & Dives show hosted by chef Guy Fieri. The popular TV personality was in town to record interviews at some local restaurants. Watch a video at: tricityherald.com/video Bob Brawdy Tri-City Herald

A TV production crew member also asked bystanders to put away their cellphones but a short time later Fieri himself appeared outside for some filming.

He greeted the crowd, posed for a group photo and got them to shout out, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Then, he was gone.

No word on when the Tri-City show will air.

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