A local restaurateur has seized the moment and is opening Marty Byrde's, a restaurant bar on The Strip in Lake Ozark, named after Jason Bateman's lead character in "Ozark."

Whether you loved the Netflix original series "Ozark" or you hated it, the acclaimed present-day story loosely based on The Lake of the Ozarks is here to stay.

Netflix has renewed a second season of the original series with 10 episodes, although a start date is pending, according to several online sources. Yes, we know that most of the filming takes place in Georgia, but there are a few local touches that keep our interest.

In fact, a local restaurateur has seized the moment and is opening Marty Byrde's, a restaurant bar on The Strip in Lake Ozark, named after Jason Bateman's lead character in "Ozark."

Brent Boyles, owner of Michael's Steak Chalet on Swiss Chalet Road in Osage Beach, announced on Facebook that he's starting the eclectic venture right in our own back yard. Accompanying that was the approval Tuesday night by the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen of a liquor and Sunday sales license for Marty Byrde's at 1286 Bagnell Dam Blvd. (former location of Alley Cats). Also authorized was a caterer's liquor license for Feb. 15-18 to coincide with the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl.

In a Facebook post, Boyles said, "I have owned a business at the Lake of the Ozarks for over 24 years. I love the lake, and all of the visitors that come to our area every year. So, when the Netfilx show "Ozark" came out, I watched with great anticipation. While I liked the show, it didn't give our area the credit or respect that it deserves. Very little of the show was filmed at the lake, most of it was filmed in Atlanta, Ga. 

"Jason Bateman’s character, Marty Byrde, moves to the lake to launder money for the drug cartel. He invests in a strip bar (Lickety Splitz) and a Marina (The Blue Cat Lodge), but neither in reality is within 600 miles of the Lake of the Ozarks. 

"So, I thought it would be a neat idea to theme a bar and grill after the show. I found this cool little place on The Strip with a great outdoor patio. On our menu is the “Sugarwood,” Wendy’s “Slap My Bucket” beer special, Ruth’s “Smoked” wings, and Darlene’s “Killer” lemonade. If you have seen the series, you will understand; if you haven’t, I recommend watching it!

"Marty Byrde's is opening this weekend for Pub Crawl, and then plans to open full time in early March. So, share this post and stop by and help us launder some money!

"BTW, we don't take American Express, but Biggie never leaves home without it."

Another connection

We all secretly long to be cast in a movie, and at least one local resident and her niece made the cut -- sort of -- for "Ozark."

Suzanne Brownell of Camdenton responded to a Facebook casting call last summer to be an extra in the movie. She and her niece, Jacie Buschjost, 14, of Wardsville, showed up last summer and were chosen. Suzanne thinks it may have been because her hair was dyed purple because Camdenton Laker football season was just around the corner. Regardless, Suzanne and Jacie are extras in a scene shot playing skeeball at the Dogpatch Aracade. Netflix personnel even gave them quarters to play the games.

And Suzanne and Jacie were paid $76 each for their time.

They were in the second episode of Season 1. 

Brownell said they were directed to "walk purposefully" through the arcade, their wardrobe was checked for inadvertent product advertisements and they even had lunch with Bateman at Tucker Shuckers, although they didn't actually sit with the actor.

About "Ozark" 

In Ozark, this money-centric present day story revolves around financial planner Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) and their family's sudden relocation from the suburbs of Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks -- Alhonna Resort. Rather than the familiar skyscrapers and trading floors, Ozark explores capitalism, family dynamics, and survival through the eyes of (anything but) ordinary Americans. 

Academy Award nominee Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs, The Honourable Woman) joins the award-nominated, Netflix drama series Ozark for season 2. McTeer will play a Chicago-based attorney with links to the cartel. In making a deal with the devil, she becomes a potential threat to the Byrdes.

Jason Bateman was recently nominated for a Golden Globe award for his work on Ozark, and both Bateman and Laura Linney received SAG award nominations for Outstanding Actor and Actress, respectively, for their work on the first season. Ozark also received a Writer’s Guild Award nomination for New Series.

Sources: Facebook, Netflix.