Live in Florida? The public is invited to make a reservation at Theresa's during the filming of the Food Network show on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 10:30 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.
BRADENTON — A local dining landmark will soon be back in the national spotlight.
Theresa's Restaurant, a downtown Bradenton breakfast and lunch spot dating back more than three decades, will again be hosting a crew from Food Network for what will likely be an upcoming episode of "Restaurant Impossible" starring Robert Irvine.
The celebrity chef visited Theresa's four years ago and will be revisiting the restaurant next week.
"It was great having him here and it brought a lot of publicity but we are seasonal," said Jodi Boucher, the owner of Theresa's, when reached Friday morning at her restaurant. "So we are very happy for the experience and grateful they're coming back this year. It brings new people here, which I love. I've been here 14 years and love what I do."
The public is invited to make a reservation at Theresa's during the filming of the Food Network show on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 10:30 a.m. or 12:15 p.m. People interested are asked to email email@example.com and for the subject line write "202 THERESAS RESERVATIONS" and mention which time. (Customers will be responsible for paying their own bill. If you are selected, you will receive a confirmation email.)
Theresa's, which is open daily for breakfast, brunch and lunch, is known for dishes like Boucher's chicken salad on a grilled croissant with cranberry, Swiss cheese and lettuce as well as her grandmother's version, which is chicken salad on grilled cinnamon raisin toast with Swiss.
Boucher, who's the sixth owner of the 36-year-old restaurant, is not worried about how the bombastic Irvine might talk to her on camera.
“I'm not nervous at all," said Boucher, a longtime Manatee County resident living in Ellenton who's originally from Portland, Maine. "I am who I am. No one is gonna change that. I'm totally fine with whatever happens."
She added, "I must get good ratings or they wouldn't be coming back."
Theresa's Restauarnt is at 608 14th St. W., Bradenton. For more information, call 941-747-7066 or visit theresasmenu.com
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