The Starlite Lounge in Blawnox will probably be featured on Meals Community’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

For the second time, the Starlite Lounge in Blawnox can be seen at the “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” of the Food Network.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Ron Esser, nicknamed Moondog and owned by the Moondogs Pub and Starlite Lounge. “We really appreciate it. The show is popular. So many people I know are watching it. “

The show is scheduled for May 14th.

The recording took place in August.

Esser said guest chef Guy Fieri did not travel to Starlite to film, but was in town when the house was unveiled in 2008. Esser added that Fieri is a great cook and knows good food.

The program includes Starlites prawns with roasted pepper biscuit cream, spinach, feta and curly noodles, as well as meatloaf, the recipe from Esser’s father.

“Everyone loves the meatloaf,” said Esser. “People come in and order two and three so they can take something home.”

Other Pittsburgh destinations featured on the show include Kelly O’s Diner, which has locations in the Strip District, and Ross, which was on the show in January, according to his Facebook page. Fieri also featured Big Jim’s on the Run in Greenfield, Nadine’s on the South Side and the Dor-Stop Restaurant in Dormont.

Fieri recently opened Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen + Bar at the Pittsburgh Live Casino in Greensburg.

Promoting the show is definitely positive for a company that has been suffering from the pandemic for more than a year, Esser said.

The most recent challenge was an issue with the US Small Business Association website, where small venues and theaters can apply for funding. It has not been available for more than a week.

The Save Our Stages Act was passed under a Covid-19 Relief Act in December to help fund local venues. The law resulted in grants for closed venue operators to be applied for on April 8th.

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Ron “Moondog” Esser owns the Moondogs Pub and Starlite Lounge in Blawnox.

Frazer’s Esser said he was fine because he owned both buildings.

The Starlite is open for indoor dining and takeout. He plans to open Moondogs in October.

He said there were plans to put on live music for 20 weeks in the pavilion of the Pittsburgh Shrine Center in Harmar on Thursday evening starting June 3.

He said he was doing everything he could to get music back on stage. Moondogs received an event called “Save Moondogs” in March. More than $ 55,000 was raised.

That will definitely help, as will the exposure of “diners, drive-ins and dives”.

The last time Fieri was at Starlite, he tried the pierogi and the stuffed pepper soup. He also had the Diablo chicken.

He said that Esser’s native peppers are “dynamite”.

“I think when all of this is over we’ll all appreciate each other even more,” said Esser, who plans to hold a guard party when the show airs on Diner’s, Drive-Ins and Dives when it’s safe do this. “And we won’t take anything for granted.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a contributor to the Tribune Review. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062,, or on Twitter.

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