CLARKS SUMMIT — An upcoming episode of Food Network’s “American Diner Revival,” hosted by Ty Pennington and Amanda Freitag, will include the music of Abington Heights High School junior Taylor Messina.
In addition to his school work and extracurricular activities, the honor student, marching and jazz band saxophone player, and track and cross country athlete also works part time at his aunt’s diner, Linda K’s in Scranton, as well as at the Silver Spoon in Clarks Summit. Linda K’s will be featured in an episode of “American Diner Revival, titled “Say I Do to a Re-Do” and scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 on Food Network.
“Linda Kay’s Diner in Scranton is not okay — it’s a mess!” reads the episode description on foodnetwork.com. “Because the diner is in disarray and debt, owner Linda has put off marrying the love of her life, James. Renovation Expert Ty Pennington and Chef Amanda Freitag will have only two days to fix this disastrous diner.”
According to his mother, Cathy Sweet, Messina was asked by the show’s producer to play his saxophone during the wedding ceremony of his aunt and now uncle by the producer of the show.
The young musician was also recently selected for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association district band and is a part of the Northeast Youth WindWood Ensemble at Marywood University and the Keystone Jazz Band.
Another episode of “American Diner Revival,” featuring the Abingtons’ own Glenburn Grill and Bakery, is scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. the following Friday, Feb. 19. The business, owned by Linda and Alan Norsen, was closed Dec. 13 through 19, while Pennington and Freitag gave the establishment a physical and menu makeover.
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