The episode was filmed in May, and Boston Burger Company owners Paul Malvone, Sebastian Fricia and Chuck Sillari don't know when it will air, though they suspect it will be sometime this fall.
Making burgers isn’t the only talent Malvone, Fricia and Sillari have. They’re also pretty good at reaching high expectations.
When the trio opened Boston Burger Company in Somerville three years ago, they set a pair of goals.
They wanted to be featured on New England culinary television program “Phantom Gourmet” within a year, and they wanted to be on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” within five years.
It took the restaurant owners just months to achieve their first goal, and when the episode airs they'll be able to say they've achieved their second goal.
Malvone, who lives in Wilmington, described when "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" host Guy Fieri and his television crew came to the restaurant in May.
“It’s surreal. The whole thing was just awesome,” said Malvone. “Having them come in meant a lot in that it means we’ve accomplished something. It tells us that people do enjoy our food, our atmosphere, and what we’re trying to do.”
Among the 24 burgers on the restaurant’s menu are selections topped with macaroni and cheese, fried egg, and one even piled high with peanut butter and bananas.
There are also burgers for those with simpler taste, and it’s that diversity that Malvone said makes the restaurant special.
“It’s just all-American food. It’s been around for ages, so it isn’t just a trend or a niche,” said Malvone. “We just have fun with it. If you come in, you’re going to have a fun time. You can come in wearing a shirt and tie, or in a t-shirt and flip flops. We have something for everyone.”
Malvone said the experience of filming the show was a memorable one, especially since Fieri has only visited 12 Massachusetts restaurants.
Show producers tell participants when their episode will air about six weeks in advance so they can prepare for the inevitable boost in business that follows the episode.
It was good timing for Boston Burger Company, which was working on its new Back Bay location before the show decided it was coming to film. The second restaurant opened earlier this year.
For Malvone, a Food Network appearance is the latest in the line of rewarding experiences in the food industry.
“When someone eats something you made and they say they love it, it’s like being an artist and having someone love your painting,” said Malvone. “When I bring a towering burger to a table and people are looking at me stunned, I know we’ve done something right and I can feel good about it.”