Holy Frijoles in Hampden and Frederick's on Fleet in Canton are the subjects of a cable TV show being taped in Baltimore this week.
The show, being developed for the TruTv network, appears to be a variation of "Wife Swap," the reality show in which two unalike families "swap" mothers. In this show, it's the owners of unalike establishments who take up temporary residence at each other's bar.
That meant Holy Frijoles owner Geoffrey Danek took his laid-back management style to Frederick's on Fleet for three nights of filming, while Frederick's part-owner Jim Saufley, a part-time boxing coach, brought his stricter style to Hampden.
Danek said the show deals more with policies than concepts. "We're trying to learn a bit and teach a bit," he said. "It's been more fun than anything. They're not ripping the places apart."
Danek said that the production company contacted him several months ago. "The more I talked to the producers, the more I got a really good feel for them," he said.
But before he committed to the show, Danek put a call into his friend, Rodney Henry, who was a break-out character on the most recent edition of "Food Network Star."
Danek said that Henry put his mind at ease with this advice: "He told me, 'If you don't like it, just walk. You don't have to finish it, but you never know until you try.'"
A Turner representative declined to confirm any details related to the show, whose title has been reported variously as "Bar Swap" and "Bar Jacked!" saying it was still in development.