Empire at 138 brings fine dining downtown

New restaurant plans winter opening

IMG_20150917_141127TIFFIN, OHIO – September 18, 2015 – This winter, a new, upscale restaurant will be opening at 136-138 S. Washington St. in Tiffin. Called the Empire at 138, the establishment will bring a historic flair to white tablecloth dining in downtown Tiffin.

“The building dates back to the mid-1800s, when it was part of the ‘Empire Block.’ We would like to bring some of that historic Tiffin feel back to the downtown, and create an elite dining experience” partner Rick Reser said.

Focused on preserving and reusing as many historical architectural elements as possible, Reser and wife Renee Perry, also a business partner, are currently renovating 136 S. Washington, which will serve as the dining room of the new restaurant. The other building, 138, is to house the bar ­— a historical piece from McClain’s Restaurant in Bellevue — which will feature a wide range of cocktails and local beer as well as a broad wine list.

Open for both a casual lunch and an upscale dinner, partner and Chef Mike Pinkston describes the menu as, “classic American fare using organic and as many local ingredients as possible.” There will also be vegan and vegetarian options, as well as high-quality meats and seasonal items.

The Empire joins the developing “grow local” initiative in Seneca County currently supported by area organizations and businesses, such as Grow Seneca, the Seneca County Farmers Market and the Beehive Café.

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

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