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Dysart's makes its national debut

July 18, 2012
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Associate Producer Films at Dysart's for the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise" Associate Producer Films at Dysart's for the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise"
The Travel Channel films a show at the Hermon truck stop

HERMON - Locals all know how tasty the food is at Dysart's truck stop in Hermon, and soon so will the whole country. Last Tuesday, the Travel Channel spent the day filming the restaurant's staff, customers and the creation of the restaurant's pot roast, lobster rolls and blueberry pie for an episode of 'Food Paradise,' a show that zeros in on some of the best eats around the country.

"I've seen bits and pieces of the show," said customer Kristi Buchanan of Hampden.

Buchanan's boyfriend, Dysart's chef Shaun Yazbeck, has been looking forward to the Travel Channel stopping in.

"He was so excited," said Buchanan. "This [cooking] is where he comes alive."

Manager Judy Knight said the staff is always prepared for whomever walks through their doors.

"In this business, we're used to dealing with strangers and people from all walks of life," said Knight.

But even this veteran employee admits getting the opportunity to be on national television is thrilling.

"I've been here 20 years and I've seen a lot of changes in that time, but this is the coolest day ever," said Knight.

Customers who hadn't heard the film crew was in town were made aware before entering the restaurant that they may be videotaped or even interviewed during their meal. And none of them seemed to mind.

"I wanted to come out [tonight] and show my support. This is good publicity for this small part of the world," explained Buchanan.

The 'Food Paradise' producers first heard about this famous Maine truck stop from their crew in L.A.

"I hope the viewers who [see this] and come to Maine will [now] look us up," said Knight.

It's unclear at this time when the episode featuring Dysart's will air on 'Food Paradise.' For more information, viewers should log onto http://www.travelchannel.com/topics/food-paradise/index.html.

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