Clyde's of Columbia will close on Feb. 4 to begin $4 million in renovations and will be closed for eight weeks afterwards, according to Clyde's corporate offices.
The popular lakefront restaurant announced in October it would be making improvements to the kitchen, bathrooms, decor and patio as part of the renovation process.
The Tomato Palace will also be closed during renovations as it shares a kitchen with Clyde's, according to Tom Meyer, Clyde's president, who announced the renovations last year.
At the time, Meyer said the restrooms at Clyde's were in "dire need" of renovations. He also said the kitchen would be expanded, the interior would be completely gutted and re-done and the restaurant plans to install a pergola on the patio.
One thing would stay the same at the iconic lakefront eatery, which opened in 1975—the bar.
"The bar is pretty cool," said Meyer. "That's kind of the heart and soul of the place, so we're going to keep it."
The last time the restaurant was renovated was in 1985, according to Meyer.
The renovations were announced after Clyde's secured a new 10-year lease extension on the lakefront location with Howard Hughes Corp.
The renovations coincide with significant development happening in the downtown area. On Tuesday, ground was broken for an expansion at the Mall in Columbia that will eventually lead to a new connection from the mall to the lakefront.
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