It’s no secret that, despite some supernatural mayhem that has occurred there, the Mystic Grill is a great hangout. It’s where Damon Salvatore enjoys Bourbon Happy Hour. It’s where Caroline Forbes gets her karaoke on. It’s where hot guys like Matt Donovan bus boy. It’s the place Elena Gilbert and her friends can count on for a game of pool and a delicious burger. There’s only one setback though: so far it has been nothing but a fictional Mystic Falls landmark. Well, that’s all about to change because the Mystic Grill is set to become a real life restaurant!
According to the Cov News, the new owners of the Covington Square building that serves as the Mystic Grill’s facade are eager to turn the beloved television diner into a welcoming eatery for the show’s fans as well as local patrons, and to also feature a gift shop full of TVD memorabilia. The restaurant is expected to open in the summer of 2013 and there is already a team of culinary specialists testing out recipes. (With all respect to Stefan though, we hope there’s no bunny pot pie on the final menu!)
Best of all, according to Angi Beszborn, partner in the project along with her husband John and Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston and his wife, Kelley, the Mystic Grill will try to use local produce whenever possible. “There are apples in North Georgia, strawberries and blueberries in Newton County, peaches as close as Rutledge,” Angi explains. (It definitely sounds like the sort of green decision environmentalist and ISF leader Ian Somerhalder would approve of.)
Aside from its associations with The Vampire Diaries and ties with the Covington community, the site also teems with rich lore including a legendary robbery story from back in the day. “[I’m] hoping we can give it the life it was meant to have in Covington,” Angi adds.
We can’t wait to drop by for treats and drinks when the joint officially opens for business! So tell us fang fans: What would you LOVE to see on the real life Mystic Grill’s menu?