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"The Restaurant", Series 2 - filming started?

Harters | May 22, 200811:53 AM

I'm pretty sure that the BBC filming I saw, last night, at a restaurant location in Brentford, must be for the new series.

It was taking place at what, last time I was in the area a few months ago, was an Italian place. New, obviously temporary, signs are up calling it "True Provenance - British Eatery".

More of a giveaway was overhearing a couple of locals say it was for the series.

One of the presumptions I had about the first series was that it was all show-biz and that the restaurants didnt really trade with the public in between "show time" episodes. It was really the knowledge that you just cannot build up a business that quickly in a community. And, assuming that this is to be one of the featured places, I'd now be pretty much convinced of a showbiz sham.

It's the lack of real advertising that seems to give the game away. "True Provenance" is tucked away in a newish gentrified development in Brentford. There's no passing trade and you'd have to know it was there. The two genuine places even resort to "sandwich boards" on the High Street. There's no flyers , etc in the local hotels. Nor is there even a menu up outside. So, call me an old cynic is you will, but there's no way that this place is even attempting to trade.

That said, I'm cheering this couple on - whoever they are.


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