Food Network’s ‘Restaurant: Impossible’ to film in Elkton

February 11, 2015 - bbq set

ELKTON — In about a time it takes to refill a prescription, ancestral tack Lyons Pharmacy will be remade interjection to some existence radio magic.

Well, it competence be a tiny longer, though a turnaround will be flattering discerning for a pharmacy that also includes one of a lunch counters of yesteryear.

Lyons, located during 107 E. Main St., will be featured on a Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” with Chef Robert Irvine. The module aims to renovate America’s unwell restaurants in dual days with usually $10,000. The prolongation organisation will be filming a partial featuring Lyons over Feb. 17 and 18.

Right now, The Food Network is looking for people to assistance with a restoration of a grill within a dual days. Depending on ability set, volunteers will be painting, crafting, construction, remodeling, cleaning and decorating. They’re looking for learned contractors, electricians, plumbers, upholsters and painters to assistance out and benefaction their time.

The open is also invited to a grand re-opening on Wednesday, Feb. 18, starting during 7 p.m. The ubiquitous open can make reservations by pursuit Lyons during 410-398-2820.

The prolongation association can’t share too many information about a imminent Food Network visit. Restaurant owners have also sealed an agreement not to give interviews until after a partial airs. The Lyons partial is approaching to run someday in a entrance months.

However, a news already has locals articulate and anticipating whatever changes could move in business for Elkton.

For years, folks watchful to refill a medication could have a punch to eat during a luncheonette inside, that serves breakfast and lunch. The menu includes simple, homestyle cooking like grilled cheese and pancakes.

Any time he’s in a tiny town, internal historian Mike Dixon looks for such a lunch spot.

“When we revisit a place like Lyons, we unequivocally do get a feel for a community,” pronounced Dixon, of a Historical Society of Cecil County, located only doors down from Lyons. “Places like these yield an critical partial of a chronological fabric.”

Stepping into Lyons — Dixon pronounced he was there progressing this month — is like removing a review on a beat of a community. Hearing what internal topics folks are articulate about. Eating as a village does.

According to “Elkton As we Remember It” by Rodney Frazer, a Lyons building “was built by Mr. [Robert B.] Frazer in 1897 and sole to Tolson Lyons, druggist, in 1927. Before this there was a support building on this lot owned by a Torberts where John Perkins had a strap shop.”

Today, MaryBeth Cole is a pharmacist during and owners of Lyons.

No matter what happens by a restoration show, Dixon pronounced he thinks Lyons will keep it’s parochial charm. Ideally, he said, he’d like to see a renovations keep a story though move some-more people into town.

“The chronological attract will always be there,” he said. “It speaks to a time when American dining was unequivocally utterly different.”

He combined that many tiny towns still have their Lyons Pharmacies — only with some updates. Now they are a “really good sandwich shops.”

He mentioned Kennett Square, Pa., Havre de Grace and Chestertown as circuitously sites with place like Lyons. Local java corner Play It Again Sam in Chestertown caters to a Washington College crowd, though keeps a aged propagandize attract with such sum as a classical “Casablanca” film poster.

This isn’t a initial time foodie existence radio has come to a area.

TLC’s “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro visited Bing’s Bakery in Newark, Del., for an partial of “Buddy’s Bakery Rescue” that aired in July. In 2009, a Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food” filmed during Steak Main in North East for The Great Steak Challenge.

In 2008, a Food Network visited downtown for Fall Fest when luminary cook Duff Goldman, of Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, taped an partial of “Ace of Cakes.” And Elkton, of course, has also gained celebrity for a Little Wedding Chapel, featured in transport magazines like National Geographic.

The Lyons partial will be a third Maryland partial of “Restaurant: Impossible” in a 10 seasons — it has formerly filmed in Hagerstown and Millersville. It has also filmed 3 episodes in circuitously areas in Delaware, including a former Wagon Wheel in Smyrna, former Rascal’s BBQ and Crab House in New Castle and former Scrimmages in north Wilmington.

Mary Jo Jablonski, who serves as an Elkton city commissioner as good as a Elkton Chamber and Alliance executive director, pronounced she hopes “Restaurant: Impossible” will uncover what Elkton has to offer.

“In a end, it’s going to be only smashing for a town,” pronounced Jablonski, who does use Lyons as a pharmacy and occasional lunch spot.

During filming, Main Street will be open for business and traffic. Jablonski pronounced she’s speedy internal shops to stay open after during a filming days.

Like others, she hopes a uncover will move improvements though keep some staples, like being means to sequence a cherry Coke done with soda syrup.

“I remember when we came to Elkton everybody said, ‘You have to have their milkshakes,’” Jablonski recalled.

Her daughter also had her initial pursuit during Lyons, that she worked for 11 years.

Merchants wish to see an uptick in business. But this won’t be a initial time one of Brandon Hollenbaugh’s businesses will be held on camera. The owners of Premier Auto Tire pronounced his Newark, Del., business was filmed when TLC’s “Cake Boss” came to Bing’s Bakery.

“It unequivocally was a good buzz,” Hollenbaugh removed of carrying camera crews nearby.

He pronounced he saw a TV eventuality move in people and get Newark on a map.

Given a attention, business owners are banding together to assistance out Elkton. Margie Blystone, one of a co-owners of The Palette The Page, walked around businesses this week reminding owners to have lights in their windows.

“We’re unequivocally looking brazen to a opportunity,” Blystone said. “It’s such a certain for a city in general.”

For Lyons customers, a business will be sealed for a dual days to accommodate renovations. Doctors offices have been told of a change in report to concede for patients in need of prescriptions. There will also be additional law coercion benefaction given a business is a pharmacy.

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