Buck Owens and Roy Clark sang about bad luck being better than no luck, and that’s so true for Marty Byrde, the central figure in the Netflix series, “Ozark.” Byrde has more bad luck than most.

Buck Owens and Roy Clark sang about bad luck being better than no luck, and that’s so true for Marty Byrde, the central figure in the Netflix series, “Ozark.” Byrde has more bad luck than most.

Byrde’s wife is unfaithful, and his business partner has been skimming profits from a vicious drug dealer. Called to account, Byrde thinks on his feet. He recalls a brochure about beautiful Lake of the Ozarks and offers it to the drug lord for no other reason than absolute necessity to save his skin. Will the Ozark hills and its beautiful lake prove to be a land of opportunity, or will Marty Byrde meet his end here?

Lake of the Ozarks is a land of opportunity. The Lake is not, however, a land of crime and crime bosses — except in the mind of Bill Dubuque, a screenwriter known for “The Accountant” and “The Judge.”

A native of St. Louis, Dubuque spent summers working at Lake of the Ozarks and used what he knows to build a setting for an old tale about greed, moral weakness, and plenty of depravity.

Dubuque still regularly vacations at Lake of the Ozarks. He and his family love its beauty just like Marty Byrde’s family did, but it’s the Lake’s size that makes it ripe for storytelling about people who need to disappear into the hills and woods. Marty Byrde certainly does.

Opened in March 2018, Marty Byrde’s on the Bagnell Dam Strip has fun with story lines and characters from the Netflix series. Ruth Langmore is a character we might lovingly call a Hillbilly down on her luck. Surrounded by men who make sad decisions, she proves her mettle to Marty Byrde, and he buys her loyalty by empowering her. However, her own and Marty’s pasts follow them like shadows so Ruth steps up. She figures out a way to “smoke” enemies by rigging a dock to electrocute the next person who ties up there.

PB & J, otherwise known as Pat, Brent and Jake, three college buddies who are co-owners of Marty Byrde’s, have tipped their hats to Ruth’s ingenuity and offer Ruth’s “Smoked Wings” on the menu. Smoked on site, they’re available in different degrees of “fire” — Sweet Chili, Buffalo, or Hot and Sticky.

Another deadly lady in “Ozark” is Darlene Snell, one-half of a powerful pair pushing heroin in the hills. Darlene is nastier than her husband, Del, though. She has the shortest of short fuses and dispatches real and perceived enemies while smiling sweetly--as sweetly as her lemonade tastes.

Darlene’s Killer Lemonade, as Marty Byrde’s serves it, is also sweet and good without being deadly. It’s one of several specialty cocktails, this one made with Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, Blueberry Lemonade Rum, and Pink Lemonade. It’s served with plump blueberries dropped into the spirits for extra flavor.

Customers can also share Marty Byrde’s profits with the Money Shot, a blend of Jameson Irish Whiskey, Melon Liqueur, Sweet Sour mix, and Sprite. Other shots in the spirit of “Ozark” are Dirty Laundry, Bazooka Marty, Cartel, and Byrde’s Eye. That last one is a tropical blend of vodka, Triple Sec, and Crème de Banana.

The Byrde family is all in together whether it’s criminal or not. Marty Byrde’s owners, PB & J, have as strong a bond, but certainly not a criminal one. They’ve known each other since college, and they’re business partners in several enterprises, including one that could bring back the glory days of Hildebrand’s Resort dating from 1936 and Old Swiss Village. The partners plan to open Wine Haus near Michael’s Streak Chalet in the summer of 2018 to provide great beverages and views at the 28-mile marker as well as an event venue for destination weddings and local parties.

Michael’s, currently owned by Michael Ismail, Brent Boyles and Terry Pabst, has been delivering excellence in aged beef and seafood for more than two decades. At Marty Byrde’s, customers can expect some of that excellent beef and seafood.

A large pork steak, listed on the menu as The Langmore, sells for $6 without sides, and it is one of four meat items locally sourced from a business near St. Louis. The other three are The Byrde (hot) Dog, pulled pork in the Red Neck Riviera Special, and The Sugarwood (bratwurst), a nod to Marty’s rival for his wife’s affection.

Brent Boyles admits the restaurant’s location with ties to the Netflix production is by sheer coincidence. The company set up headquarters for local extras in what would become Marty Byrde’s.

One reason the property was so attractive for Marty Byrde’s on the Strip is open-air patio seating with views of that majestic Lake, the one that inspired Bill Dubuque to tell a story with this fine locale as a backdrop.

The Lake has certainly inspired PB & J to have some fun with good food and drink as well as a popular Netflix series. They’ve even decorated the front entry with a Ben Vens’ photo taken from Lover’s Leap, the same place where Marty Byrde almost ended it all — until, that is, the grandeur and opportunity here at the Lake gave him reason to go on. He’ll be back for Season Two soon, but until then, Marty Byrde’s is open for business on the Strip.