Monday,July 25, 2011 8:00 p.m. CST
At around 11:00 a.m., on Friday, January 28, 2011, two weary road travelers pulled into The Fish House, located on Pensacola Bay, looking for some fresh local seafood for lunch. Those travelers were none other than Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz of the History Channel's "American Pickers" national television show.
The "pickers," known to their fans as Mike and Frank, were treated to a great day in Pensacola with Fish House restaurant owners, The Merrill brothers: Will, Burney, and Collier. Onlooking diners swear that they saw items loaded into the recognizable American Pickers' transport van. At the time, the brothers, bound by confidentiality, could not discuss the details of the "pick." However, according to Collier Merrill, Frank and Mike were treated to a tour of the Fish House and Atlas Oyster House, the waterfront, historic downtown Pensacola, and Old Christ Church. After the pick, they dined at Jackson's Steakhouse, and then made their way up Palafox to take part in the January Gallery Night festivities.
On Monday, July 25, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. (CST), the History Channel (local Cox cable channel 62) will air the episode "Frank Bears All," which will feature Mike and Frank's visit to the Fish House.
The episode synopsis provided by the History Channel gives a sneak peek of the broadcast: "... Mike's hunger for seafood lands them a chance pick to through slot machines, vintage advertising, sci-fi movie props and taxidermy bears."
"American Pickers" debuted on the History Channel on January 18, 2010. The premier episode produced 3.1 million total viewers, making it one of the highest-rated History Channel debuts. Season 2 aired on June 7, 2010. The September 8, 2010 episode "Laurel & Hardy" garnered ratings as high as 5.3 million viewers. As of that episode, the show retained the title of #1 new nonfiction series of 2010 among total viewers and adults 25-54.
The Fish House, part of the Great Southern Restaurant Group, offers upscale dockside dining overlooking beautiful Pensacola Bay and Seville Harbor. Just steps away from Historic Seville Square, our award-winning restaurant features an inventive menu of fresh, daily seafood selections, house-smoked steaks, sushi, a handpicked wine list with over 300 wines, and our world-famous Grits à Ya Ya.
In addition to the Fish House, the Great Southern Restaurant Group includes Jackson's Steakhouse and Atlas Oyster House.
Jackson's Steakhouse, located in downtown Pensacola overlooking historic Ferdinand Plaza, has been recognized nationally for its award-winning, Southern-influenced American steaks and seafood. Jackson's awards include the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) Award of Excellence, Florida Trend magazine's Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award, and Wine Spectator magazine's Award of Excellence since 2000.
Atlas Oyster House, located on beautiful Pensacola Bay only steps away from its sister restaurant, The Fish House, offers a casual waterfront dining experience. The Atlas Oyster House stands by its name as "the place" to find delicious local oysters. In addition, Atlas prepares locally caught fish and shellfish in a variety of ways. The menu also includes sushi, steaks, chicken, and pasta entrées as well as daily specials.
The Great Southern Restaurant Group is a division of The Merrill Land Company. For further details and/or information, please contact Maria Goldberg (850) 217-2347.