Mystic restaurant Drwb@24 closes, as owner retires

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Mystic — Drwb@24, the 24 West Main St. restaurant that grew out of Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream, has closed.

Owner Cheryl Robdau wrote on the eatery's Facebook page Monday, "I don't have a shortage of dreams I have a shortage of time. With that being said it is time for me to retire. I would like to thank my loyal customers and employees for all their help and support. It is with heavy heart that I have decided to close the restaurant as of today 9/16/2019. Thank You all for this fun chapter in my Life!"

Robdau started selling sandwiches, soups and salads at Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream a decade ago. But she quickly outgrew that spot, so when 24 West Main St. became available about three years ago, Robdau opted to buy the building and convert it into Drwb@24, she said in a follow-up phone conversation.

She started serving breakfast and then lunch, put together farm-to-table dinners on select nights, built a full bar upstairs, and offered brunch on the weekend.

Options included avocado toast, brioche French toast, poke bowl, fish tacos, salmon burger and coffee cocktails.

"It kept growing, and I thought, 'At some point, when am I going to retire?'" Robdau said. "So it grew much more than I wanted it to." She said this past summer was probably one of the busiest, and it just became too much.

Her son, Colin Desmarais, has been managing the ice cream shop for the past two years and is planning on taking over permanently, so Robdau said that put her in a good position to retire. She said she's been thinking about the possibility all summer and trying to figure out her next move.

"You miss too many things," she said. "You miss too many sunsets, and my husband and I love to travel." Aside from traveling, Robdau plans to do some more boating in her retirement.

She said there are people interested in buying the business, "so we're trying to figure out what the best situation is, if we want to sell the building or not."

e.moser@theday.com

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