WHITEHAVEN, Tenn. — Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken in Whitehaven is a popular restaurant among Memphians. What many people may not know though, the famous eatery was on the verge of going out of business 12 years ago. What helped saved the restaurant was an appearance on the Food Network Show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
On the restaurant’s website, Louis Martin, the restaurant owners, said, “After the show, things took off and we’ve been for 15 years now.”
Talking with FOX13, Martin called the opportunity to appear on the show a second time a blessing.
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This season of Triple D is a special takeout edition where host Guy Fieri is raising money to help those in the restaurant industry who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic.
Filming this go around is very different because of COVID-19. Fieri, meets with Martin through Zoom instead of coming to the restaurant.
"We’ll be on with Guy. They’ll film that part today, then next week we’ll finish up, they’ll edit it,” said Martin.
While his restaurant has certainly taken a hit these past few months, Martin is choosing to look at the silver linings.
“There’s always positives in the negatives. You kind of sit back, you rethink things, kind of slow down a little bit. I think that was the biggest sign from God in my opinion. We’re moving too fast, slow down a little bit,” Martin said.
An official air date has not been set. Filming will continue Thursday, May 28.
Guests are encouraged to come and order takeout food and interact with Martin.
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