BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — If you were watching Jeopardy! on Wednesday night, you probably had a good shot at getting at least one of the questions right.
The game show featured a Buffalo staple, Lake Effect Diner. One of the $200 blocks on the board of trivia read “Lake Effect in Buffalo, N.Y. is an old-school one of these, the first ‘D’ in TV’s ‘Triple-D,’ a show it was featured on.
The answer, ‘diner’, was one of five in the restaurant category.
Lake Effect Diner owner Tucker Curtin said that he had no idea that his restaurant was going to be featured on the popular quiz show.
“It’s funny- I was out in the garage puttering around, and in the background I had ‘Wheel of Fortune’ on,” Curtin said. “I stepped inside and all of a sudden my phone started blowing up- all sorts of friends saying “You’re on Jeopardy!”
After serving its first meal in 1952, the diner moved from Wayne, Pennsylvania to Buffalo in 2001. It currently remains one of the last authentic 50s-era car style diners left in the United States.
Curtin says that the “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” episode continues to help accumulate guests to the restaurant. Since it aired, Lake Effect has branched out into baking bread and making jelly in-house.
“If you want the authentic feel of Buffalo, Lake Effect Diner is one of the places you have to stop at.”