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Food Network star Guy Fieri makes return visit to Twin Ports

Owner Pak Williams (second from right), family, friends and regular customers visit in her restaurant Monday after. Pak’s Green Corner was closed Sunday and Monday so “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” could film there. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)1 / 4
Pak Williams, owner of Pak’s Green Corner in West Duluth, talks about having Guy Fieri and a crew from the Food Network’s show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” film at her restaurant Monday. Hanging on the wall is an autographed poster of Fieri. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)2 / 4
Pak’s Green Corner, 4131 Grand Ave., will be the subject of an upcoming episode of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)3 / 4
An autographed metal serving tray with the likeness of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” host Guy Fieri is one of the gifts he gave Pak’s Green Corner. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)4 / 4

A frosted-tipped Food Network celebrity made his way to a West Duluth restaurant Monday evening.

Guy Fieri, famous restaurateur and host of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” visited Pak’s Green Corner on Monday evening.

“This was a big deal for me,” said Pak Williams, the restaurant owner. “It was my silent dream come true.”

According to photos posted on the Facebook pages of other Twin Ports restaurants, Fieri also stopped in at Gannucci's Italian Market in West Duluth, and Shorty's Pizza & Smoked Meat in Superior.

At Pak's Green Corner, Fieri and his TV crew filmed for a couple of hours for an upcoming “Diners” episode. Williams said Fieri helped her cook and even interviewed four of her customers. She made him a Bangkok pad thai chicken burrito, which is chicken pad thai with vegetables in a tortilla with romaine lettuce.

“He is so professional … he cooked with me and helped me with little things,” Williams said. “He said he liked my food and he ate it all up.”

Pak’s Green Corner, which opened in August 2012, is known for Thai food. The menu includes spicy Thai salad and Thai dumplings.

“This was a fantastic experience,” Williams said. “I just want to thank Fieri as well as my customers, employees and family for their help and support.”

The Food Network star has profiled several other Northland eateries in the past few years, including the Duluth Grill, At Sara’s Table/Chester Creek Cafe and Northern Waters Smokehaus in Duluth, Gordy’s Hi-Hat in Cloquet and the Anchor Bar in Superior.

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