Restaurants

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award – New Riegel Cafe

The New Riegel Cafe was the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The cafe has been a Seneca County staple for more than 60 years.

The New Riegel Cafe is a family owned and operated restaurant started by W.J. “Pete” Boes in 1953. The cafe started out selling barbecued ribs and chicken before branching out to other fare, like ham and shrimp, and in 1971 began selling homemade bologna and sausage, as well as homemade salad dressing. The business expanded in the late 80’s with the addition of the gift shop, connected to the restaurant but located in the building next door.

The award was accepted by Tom Boes, who currently owns the restaurant with his brother, Dick Boes.

 

Lifetime Achievement Award criteria:
The business must be established with a history of continuous operation in the community. The business must be able to demonstrate community involvement and/or made some civic contributions that have made a significant impact on the quality of life in the community. The business must be an example of leadership in their business field, and an example of entrepreneurial spirit.

Panda Express granted setback for Tiffin location

panda express chinese kitchen.pngZoning Board of Appeals approves setback requirement for Tiffin Mall site

TIFFIN, OHIO – May 1, 2018 – The Zoning Board of Appeals has approved a setback required for Panda Express to erect a building in an out lot of the Tiffin Mall site. The setback was approved unanimously in a 5-0 vote.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said the area is ripe for development opportunities. “It’s exciting to see the progress happening on site that was once all but dead,” he said. “We are happy to welcome Panda Express and look forward to continued growth in the West Market Street corridor.”

Panda Express is a fast-casual dining chain serving American Chinese cuisine. Founded in Glendale, CA in 1983, Panda Express has more than 2,000 locations throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, Guatemala, Canada, Mexico, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Korea, Panda Express is part of the family owned and operated Panda Restaurant Group, the world leader in Asian dining experiences that also includes Panda Inn and Hibachi-San. For more information, visit pandaexpress.com.

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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Japanese steak house slated for Tiffin Mall

Maker:L,Date:2017-8-22,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-YKiku Fusion Sushi and Steak House to open this summer

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 20, 2018 – Kiku Fusion Sushi and Steak House has announced plans to open a location in the Tiffin Mall this summer. The restaurant is to focus on dine-in and take-out sushi and hibachi Japanese cuisine.

Owner John Zhu chose Tiffin to expand his existing business due to the growing market. “The town is expanding, there are a lot of college students and young people. It’s a good time to have a business in Tiffin,” he said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz welcomed the new restaurant. “We are excited that Kiku Fusion Sushi and Steak House chose Tiffin to locate their business. This is another step forward for the Tiffin Mall site, and we are eager to announce additional development on the site in the near future.”

Zhu’s restaurant Kiku Sushi and Hibachi is a cornerstone in the Monroe, MI community and has been recognized for its outstanding cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. The restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients. The Tiffin store will be the third restaurant for the owners.

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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

 

Berg Bistro 1850 is the new Fireside Cafe Pub

Berg BistroImproved, but not exactly new, the Berg Bistro 1850 has replaced the Fireside Cafe Pub on Heidelberg University’s campus. Located inside the University Commons, the Berg Bistro is part of the school’s new Parkhurst Dining options. The outdoor and indoor seating areas remain the same, keeping the same cozy, modern atmosphere with TV’s and a fireplace, but the restaurant revamped with an exciting new menu.

Berg Bistro 2Artisanal sandwiches, salads, soups, and gourmet flat breads are made with quality ingredients and from-scratch preparation. Hand-spun milkshakes and Crimson Cup coffee are now offered, and for those that don’t have time to sit down an expanded coffee bar and pastries provides a quick and delicious option. The Berg Bistro accepts cash, credit, and student Berg Bucks, making it not only a great place for students to hang out, but a restaurant everyone can enjoy. Events such as the monthly Pints with Professors, the weekly Coach’s radio broadcast, and trivia nights will still be hosted.

Ironwood Steak House to open in June

IronwoodA new restaurant, called the Ironwood Steak House featuring the Black Birch Bar, is planning to open in mid-June. The restaurant combines atmosphere and high-quality cuisine to provide an upscale dining experience in a comfortable setting. Located at the private Mohawk Golf and Country Club, the Ironwood is open to the public.

The menu is still being finalized but will feature traditional steakhouse fare and limited-time specials. The remodeled kitchen also boasts a broiler to quick-sear steak with infrared heat – technology used in many high-quality steak establishments. Local Chef Jimmy Jones, with more than 20 years in restaurant experience, will be heading the kitchen.

The dining room overlooks the golf course, providing beautiful views of the green through a wall of windows. There is also a private dining area that can be closed off for private events, and limited outdoor accommodations. Together, they seat roughly 140, with an area that could be used for small entertainment. Additionally, patrons can enjoy the Black Birch Bar, a full-service bar with a lounge area, located at the entrance of the establishment.

The Ironwood is the product of a partnership of more than 40 investors looking to bring a high-end steakhouse to Seneca County. The restaurant has been in the works for quite some time, with investors split into committees for everything from marketing to personnel, to get to the finished product.

At opening, the Ironwood will serve dinner Wednesday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Reservations can be made using OpenTable. Outside events can also book the Ironwood Catering Service.

A sneak peek at renovations:

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Benchwarmers Restaurant and Delivery now open

20161223_141602Tiffin’s newest restaurant is celebrating their grand opening this week! First-time business owners Brandyn Banks-Sherer and Jason Miller have opened Benchwarmers, located at 105 Allen St. (formerly Megan’s Alpine), a restaurant serving traditional American food for dine-in, carry-out or delivery.

Banks-Sherer and Miller met working together at a restaurant, and decided that they would like to build a new restaurant together. “I’ve never worked with anyone like Jason,” Banks-Sherer said. “He’s very motivated.” Miller agreed: “We gelled really well together and we were both ready to work for ourselves.”

Plans for the new venture started taking shape in February 2016, and the partners put together a complete business plan over the next couple months. They found a location and building renovations began in summer. Banks-Sherer and Miller decided on a theme for “the sports lover who didn’t play sports.” The interior features the benches from the old Carey school, so that patrons can “ride the pine,” as well as local sports memorabilia. “There are no pro-sports teams’ jerseys or anything like that,” Banks-Sherer said. “It’s about Tiffin.”

The menu features burgers (including their signature, “The Benchwarmer”), sandwiches, wings, and fresh fries. They have also decided to keep on a favorite menu item from the Alpine: the breaded cutlet sandwich, affectionately named “The Alpine.” The best part is, all of the menu items are available for delivery, even late at night.

The opening hours are Sunday – Thursday 11:00AM – 12:30AM and Friday and Saturday 11:00AM – 1:30AM with delivery until close, dining room open until 10:00PM, and late hours for sporting events.

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AJ’s Heavenly Pizza continues to grow

20170104_164712AJ’s Heavenly Pizza has been a Tiffin staple since 1981. Owner John Hill recently invested significantly in his business, painting the exterior, implementing a new point of sale system in the Tiffin and Findlay stores, and installing a new oven and hood to decrease order turn around time.

“To help the business grow, you need to find the reason for lack of growth,” John said regarding the recent improvements. “The POS has made a huge difference and so have the ovens; everything is faster.”

John said the next frontier is franchising. He and his son-in-law, Joshua Elchert – owner of the Findlay store, have been working diligently to create franchise agreement documents and manuals in order to ensure that the quality of the product and service is the same across all locations. However, the secret recipes will remain a mystery, as franchisees will receive mix packets created at the Tiffin location, meaning everything from their signature jumbo pizza to the one-of-a-kind pepperoni rolls to the house salad dressing will taste the same.

At the age of 21, John and his business partner – a childhood friend who also worked in pizza shops and, like John, a born again Christian – came from Michigan and set out to open a store in Galion. After being turned down in Galion, the pair took a wrong turn on their way to Perrysburg and found the perfect location in Tiffin. After marrying, John and his wife moved to Oklahoma, where they lived for nine years and started two AJ’s locations. Missing the small town life, John and his family moved back to Tiffin. Today, AJ’s is a strong family business, with John’s four children, their spouses, and his five grandchildren lending a hand. For more history of AJ’s Heavenly Pizza, click here.

Tim Hortons to open $1.4M Tiffin store

Developer receives city tax exemption to offset asbestos abatement

img_1415TIFFIN, OHIO – September 19, 2016 – Rensko Holdings, a company out of Westerville Ohio, has purchased 1630 West Market Street and is announcing today that they plan to build a Tim Hortons franchise on the property. The project will cost an estimated $1.44 million and create 35 new jobs.

Rensko owns nearly 30 Tim Hortons developments in Ohio. The company has been expanding and has identified additional growth markets for this and next year throughout the state. Tiffin is one they are targeting. Rensko is also planning to build a Tim Hortons store in Fostoria.

Jennifer Francis, Manager of New Development for Rensko Holdings, said market research and the community’s reputation has shown Tiffin to be an ideal market for a new Tim Hortons. “We are impressed with all the retail development going on in Tiffin and how the city continues to grow. We think a new Tim Hortons will be a great addition to the community,” she said.

The company tonight received final approval from the Tiffin City Council for a 50%, 10-year Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) tax abatement. Demolition is set to begin within the next 10-15 days and new construction is planned to begin in October. Developers hope to have the store completed by the end of the year. The tax savings are helping the company offset additional unanticipated development costs, including asbestos abatement.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with their decision to locate in Tiffin. “We continue to see growth in all sectors, from manufacturing to retail. We are very happy to welcome Tim Hortons as the newest national brand in our West Market Commercial Corridor.”

Tim Hortons® Overview

TIM HORTONS®, part of Restaurant Brands International, is one of North America’s largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, TIM HORTONS® appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots), specialty teas and fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared foods and other food products. As of December 31, 2015, TIM HORTONS® had more than 4,400 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States and the Middle East. More information about the Company is available at www.timhortons.com.

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.

Tiffin Mall purchased by Toledo development company

Investors working on future plans

tiffin mall signTIFFIN, OHIO – September 3, 2016 – Key Hotel and Property Management (KHPM), a Toledo-based real estate development and management company, announced today that it is moving forward with purchasing the Tiffin Mall for $2.2 million from Tiffin Mall Realty, which itself is owned by the Kohan Retail Investment Group out of New York. The firm is currently developing an investment and development strategy for the property, which it hopes to unveil in the coming months.

KHPM CEO Steve Roumaya believes that Tiffin is a community on the move and is ready for additional growth. “For the last couple of years, the retail market has been hot in Tiffin, and we see that there is significant demand for additional shopping options,” he said. “We look forward to working with all existing mall tenants as well as other area businesses to help them succeed, and we appreciate all the support we are receiving from the City of Tiffin and SIEDC.”

Roumaya established Key in 1994 and has been involved in several successful development projects in Ohio and Michigan, including Bancroft Village and Suder Shoppes in Toledo, Navarre Crossings in Oregon, and River Valley in Monroe, Michigan. Ohio.

The Tiffin Mall opened in 1980 and was built by Developers Diversified Realty (DDR) based out of Cleveland, Ohio. In 2005, DDR constructed the movie theater now occupied by Cinemark, and they sold the mall in 2012 to the Kohan Retail Investment Group. The mall currently has 28 retail spaces inside, as well as the theater and two outbuildings. Most of the spaces are currently vacant.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the announcement, saying “We welcome Key’s investment and desire to develop the site here in Tiffin. We are excited about continuing to create an environment where people do not have to leave to shop and dine, and we think the project can again help continue our retail momentum.”

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 http://www.senecasuccess.com.

 

Jolly’s signs lease on downtown location

jollys lairdLocal restaurant moves to Laird Arcade

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 25, 2016 – Today, Jolly’s Drive-In Owner Diane Hassinger signed a lease for a space in downtown Tiffin’s historic Laird Arcade.

Hassinger says the downtown location is the perfect next step for her business. “I was looking for a smaller space, where I could still hold store hours but also prepare food and root beer for the food truck,” Hassinger said. “This location also includes a drive-through window that I hope will give customers some of the nostalgia of the root beer stand.”

The new location faces West Market Street and includes a drive-through window in the alley behind the Laird Arcade. Orders can be called in by phone and picked up at the drive-through window, or customers can come in to order. Hassinger plans to relocate many of the original signs and memorabilia from the original root beer stand, including the front windows signed by Jolly’s employees over the years.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased to see the local brand relocate in downtown Tiffin. “Anyone can see that the downtown is transforming, which makes it a desirable place to open a business,” he said. “And it’s great that we get to keep Jolly’s a Tiffin tradition.”

The restaurant will be open 11 a.m – 5 p.m., four days a week. The Jolly’s food truck will also appear at different locations around town. Hassinger will announce the opening date later this year. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/JollysDriveIn/.

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 http://www.senecasuccess.com.