,PHOENIXVILLE -- A local restaurant will be featured on NBC Channel 10's "Lori's Lunch Spots" segment early Tuesday morning.
The Bookend Cafe, 847 Valley Forge Rd., played host to anchorwoman Lori Delgado and a cameraman last week, said chef/owner Dan Leisman.
"One of my regular customers sent me in as one of her favorite restaurants," said Leisman. "So I get this call last week and it was from Lori Delgado from Channel 10. She does this thing where she visits restaurants and goes into their kitchens. She said she wanted to come to my restaurant the next day."
Leisman admitted to "freaking out"
about the anticipated visit.
"When I got the phone call, I was freaking out a little bit," he said. "The anticipation was there. I had a whole night to think about it and couldn't sleep. I came in early and made sure the place really looked good. I wanted the place to look wonderful for a two-minute segment."
Leisman said that Delgado and the cameraman showed up and they were at the restaurant for two hours.
"We made a couple of food items like egg white wraps and a reuben sandwich. She made french toast for one of my customers," he said. "Once we started preparing food together, I felt more at ease. She knew what she was doing in a kitchen. She's been in a kitchen before. I was impressed."
The "Lori's Lunch Spots" segment is scheduled to air during the NBC Channel 10 Morning News at 5:45 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. The segment can also be seen on their Web site at http://www.nbc10.com/newslinks.
When asked how he felt about having Delgado in his kitchen, Leisman wasn't shy with his answer.
"She is just as attractive in real life as she is on television," he said. "It was an honor having her in my kitchen. She's very nice. I'm also honored that one of my customers would nominate me for something like this."
While he'll be watching the segment at the Bookend Cafe, Leisman said family members will be videotaping it for prosperity.
"I know my mom and brother will be taping it for me," he said. "My brother will be showing this at every family function from now on."
Since their opening in January, Leisman, along with server Ann Schimpf, are offering free coffee to customers from 6 to 8 a.m. every morning Monday through Saturday.
"We're letting people know we're here," he said. "Who can resist a nice free hot cup of coffee in the morning? We also have daily specials that would go well with the coffee."
The Bookend Cafe is located at 847 Valley Forge Road, Phoenixville. Their phone number is 610-933-4649. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with free wireless internet and free delivery to local businesses.