Historic Clover Club receives renovation grant

One of the oldest restaurants and bars in Tiffin is the historic downtown Clover Club Tavern & Eatery, a community asset and institution that has been running continuously in the historic Dehmer building for more than 78 years.

Current owner and preservationist Sharon Gosche acquired the property and business in 1997 and received the first approval for a Facade Enhancement Program grant from the City of Tiffin. The more than $10,000 investment will involve tuck pointing, balcony restoration, roof repair, new awnings and painting with historic colors.

The Clover Club's proposed exterior enhancement is the first one to receive a Facade Enhancement Program grant.

The Clover Club’s proposed exterior enhancement is the first one to receive a Facade Enhancement Program grant.

The building, constructed in 1893, was the original home of Dehmer & Sons cigars and then later became a soda shop. When the Clover Club was opened in 1936, it was “a place for entertainment and gathering musical scores and pictures of musicians showed that singing and laughing often were heard coming from the bar.” The establishment sold not only drinks but a variety of sandwiches, with prices ranging from 10 to 20 cents. (See 2011 article from the Advertiser-Tribune.)

The Wad Cheeseburger

The Wad! Cheeseburger

Today, the restaurant offers one of Tiffin’s largest menus, with more than 100 items, including steaks, seafood, hearty and delicious burgers, reubens, signature sandwiches, wraps, salads, sides and even breakfast (click menu on the website), all while continuing the tradition of a full-service tavern, with 12 taps and over 50 beers in stock.

2014_01_22 - Clover Club Billiards

Here you can see the white tablecloth dining area and the billiards on the tavern side.

Patrons can enjoy the food and drink from the antique art-deco bar, dining room or on the outdoor patio garden. It’s a very popular spot with the locals, families with kids, visitors, and college students from Heidelberg and Tiffin Universities. I especially love the $2 pint night on Tuesdays as well as the Veggie Basket, Quesadillas and Black Bean Burger. I also really like the atmosphere, like the hand-cut glass clover artwork in the window by Irish master craftsman Aidan Scully.

So, if you’re in the mood for great food, beer, or a combination thereof in a unique, historic downtown atmosphere with a lot of charm, the Clover Club Tavern & Eatery is a great option.

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