Marisa Sanders remembers when television icon Huell Howser wandered into Burbank’s Tallyrand restaurant two years ago.
She gushed when he sat in front of her in a swivel chair at the diner’s counter.
“I said, ‘I just want you to know — I know who you are,’” she recalled. “‘My husband is your No. 1 fan.’”
[For the Record, Jan. 14, 2013: A previous version of this story mispelled Marisa Sanders' first name.]
By the end of Howser’s meal, the 20-year Tallyrand waitress had shared the whole history of the family-owned diner, including that both owners had met their respective spouses at the restaurant, and that it’s famous for its hot turkey sandwich.
Three days later, Howser was back.
“He said, ‘I want to make a show here,’” recalled co-owner Mark Thomas. “I was like, ‘OK, well, let’s do it.’”
After the show aired in July 2010, diners flocked to Burbank from as far as Newport Beach and Palm Desert.