Niskayuna's LT's Grill will receive a new look -- and new publicity -- this summer.
The restaurant located inside ShopRite Plaza off Nott Street East has been chosen for an appearance on "Restaurant: Impossible," a reality television series seen on the Food Network.
The show is hosted by Chef Robert Irvine, and the premise is simple: The chef chooses restaurants in desperate shape, renovates them with a $10,000 budget and completes the job in two days.
Irvine can't do it alone, so the show is looking for free local labor: "We are seeking enthusiastic individuals that would love to work with Robert Irvine and his talented renovation team as design and construction volunteers for the show," read a show press release for the LT's job.
The "Impossible" team is looking for "skilled contractors, electricians, plumbers, upholsterers and painters" to donate their time. Anyone will be accepted.
Management at LT's said they have been asked by show personnel not to comment to the press about anything related to the "Restaurant:Impossible" project. An online description describes LT's as an "old-timey bar/eatery with Southern BBQ, steak and seafood fare, plus live entertainment and lots of TVs."
The volunteer schedule follows:
* Shift 1 – Wednesday, July 10, noon until 7 p.m.
* Shift 2 – Wednesday, July 10, 7 p.m. until 2 a.m.
* Shift 3 - Thursday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The "Impossible" rules say that although all positions are volunteer, meals will be provided. All volunteers must be 18 years or older, and all volunteers must sign an appearance release on site.
Work clothing must be worn -- minus any advertising logos. Sneakers and boots will be allowed.
Volunteers can work more than one shift.
Irvine's contributions include an assessment of restaurant problems, creation of a plan for new decor, supervision of restaurant cleaning, reduction of menu and improvement of food.
People interested in working are asked to email the show at [email protected] by Friday, July 5 at 3 p.m. (noon, Pacific Standard Time) with preferred shift or shifts, full name, email address, cell phone number and skill set or related profession (such as plumber or painter).
The subject line should be 1507 LT Volunteer.
Anyone who volunteers is guaranteed a spot. Confirmation emails will be sent the day before each shift.
LT's Grill, owned by L.J. Goldstock, will re-open July 11 and 7 p.m. Workers can stick around for the first meals served in the new space, but there's a catch -- they have to pay the tab themselves. All diners must make reservations by emailing [email protected], observing the same deadline volunteers will: Friday, July 5, 3 p.m.
The subject line should be 1507 LT Reservations.
Reservations will be taken first come, first served. Full names, email addresses, cell phones, party size and names of people in the dining party must be included. Guests cannot be under eight years of age.