To paraphrase the Mayor of Flavortown himself, this news is bananas, "and bananas is good."
On Monday, FACE Hospitality announced that it is partnering with celebrity chef and Emmy-winning TV personality Guy Fieri to open Guy Fieri’s Branson Kitchen + Bar
in Branson, Missouri, in summer 2020.
At almost 8,000 square feet, the restaurant will join the sweeping new waterfront entertainment complex Branson Landing, where FACE's parent company, FACE Amusement Group, currently operates attractions such as Mirror Maize, 7D Dark Ride Adventure and Arcade City.
Situated on picturesque Lake Taneycomo, Guy Fieri’s Branson Kitchen + Bar will serve Flavortown fans lunch and dinner daily with both indoor and outdoor seating. As for the menu? In addition to sandwiches and house-smoked meats, diners can expect "Chef Fieri’s signature, bold flavors with menu highlights like his famous Trash Can Nachos, award-winning Bacon Mac n Cheese Burger and Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Wings," according to a release.
“I’m all about great food, good times and big fun so to be able to partner up with folks like FACE Hospitality is a perfect opportunity to bring it all together in one place… Branson!,” Fieri said in the release.
A full bar will complement the restaurant's range of eats, including "Chef Guy’s craft cocktails" which "will feature worldwide best-sellers like the Caliente Margarita, Tattooed Mojito and Guy’s Famous BBQ Bloody Mary."
“FACE Amusement Group has been serving up fun and excitement in the Branson area for the past three years,” president of FACE Hospitality Rosemary Rose said in the release. “We look forward to building on our partnership with Guy to grow our presence in the community and add to the amazing lineup of food and fun at Branson Landing.”
This isn't Fieri’s first foray into the Missouri food scene. The chef has also hosted a handful of St. Louis chefs on his popular TV game show-meets-cooking contest, Guy's Grocery Games
. In the past few years, local contestants have included David Sandusky of BEAST Craft BBQ Co., Samantha Mitchell of Farmtruk and Josh Galliano of Companion Bakery.
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In 2013, the spikey-haired one visited St. Louis to film a segment of his hit show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
, at Highway 61 Roadhouse in Webster Groves. In a story RFT published at the time
, restaurant owner Bill Kunz told us that the celebrity chef was in town for two days for the shoot, during which they got along swimmingly.
The year prior, Fieri filmed a segment aboard the Guerrilla Street Food truck
(years before it expanded into brick-and-mortars) and others at Anthonino's Taverna and The Shaved Duck.
That same year, The New York Times
restaurant critic Pete Wells filed a now legendary review
of Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square (which has since closed). The review was an epic pan, raising valid concerns about the quality of the food, the quantity of menu items and the concept as a whole. We tend to take a more charitable view of Mr. Fieri, though. After all, it can't be easy to lead a municipality as expansive and funkalicious as Flavortown.
As for Guy Fieri’s Branson Kitchen + Bar, will the restaurant prove to serve bomb-dot-com tasty eats? You'll just have to head down to Branson next summer to find out.
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