Mystic Restaurant Gets Food Network Makeover

A shoreline restaurant is getting for a major makeover, thanks to a TV show.

Crews from a new Food Network show, "Restaurant: Impossible" are in town, ready to overhaul Flood Tide restaurant in Mystic, the Day of New London reports.

The restaurant has long been popular for special occasions, but executive chef Bob Tripp told The Day that that's the problem.

"I think that this will be the rebirth that the Flood Tide restaurant is really looking for," Tripp told The Day. "We've been combating the special occasion restaurant thinking for years. ... And then, when this economy came, it really hit the skids."

The show aims to help restaurants that are on the brink of failure.

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine and his crew will spend Monday and Tuesday revamping the restaurant's menu and design.

"They're way, way, way ahead of me, as far as being modern," owner Jody Dyer told The Day. "I've been here at the Flood Tide for a long, long time. We try to run a very nice restaurant and do a nice job, and they will have a lot of critiques about us and I'll listen to them, because you can always learn something more."

The restaurant will be closed on Tuesday while crews work, and then will reopen to the public on Wednesday night. Cameras will be there to record customers’ reactions to the changes.

"This is crazy. This is really nuts," Tripp said. "This is the big time. This is as big as it gets."

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