Smyrna will soon be in the national spotlight when the Wagon Wheel Family Restaurant, known for serving muskrat, appears on a new episode of Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible."
If you drove past the Wagon Wheel last Wednesday, you would've noticed five white tents and a crew of workers, including a cameraman, crowding the restaurant's parking lot, in preparation to feature the establishment with a new makeover on an upcoming episode of "Restaurant: Impossible."
Then on Friday night, a line of lucky diners waited outside to be the first ones to see the renovated restaurant and to sample the new menu.
"Restaurant Impossible," hosted by the beefy chef Robert Irvine, is a popular show in its second season that tasks the chef with attempting to makeover failing restaurants in just two days with only $10,000. Over the course of each extreme mission, Irvine assesses all of the restaurant's facets and then overhauls its weakest spots with updates to menus, retraining staff and implementing aesthetic changes with the help of his design team, before hitting the streets to tell the community about the improved restaurant.
Patty Gallegos, owner of Wagon Wheel, hasn't returned the Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times' calls regarding details on her establishment being selected for "Restaurant: Impossible." Also, Food Network publicist Seth Hyrum has been tightlipped about the Wagon Wheel makeover, but he did say he'll contact the Sun-Times once the airdate for the episode has been locked.
The Sun-Times will provide more information on Wagon Wheel's makeover as it becomes available.