LIMA — The newest bar in downtown Lima is carving out a niche for itself as a live music hub.
Zinum 12 has been serving up gourmet burgers with a side of country, reggae and classic rock since it opened in September 2019. And there’s more to come, if the bar is successful.
Located on High Street by the Chase Bank and Citizens National Bank buildings, Zinum occupies prime real estate in Lima’s growing bar scene, with popular restaurants such as The Met and 318 only a block away and other bars such as Mulligan’s and Callahan’s not much further.
“We’re in the heart of everything,” manager Devin Muniz said. “Everybody goes downtown at some point. We can reach the westside and reach the eastside.”
Location is everything.
Muniz and his mother, Tausha Muniz, Zinum’s owner, remodeled the High Street bar after Mulligans moved out to North Street last year. This is now Tausha Muniz’s third bar in Lima, building off the success of popular gastropub 12 East. But Devin Muniz said the family is now focusing its efforts on Zinum (Muniz spelled backwards), given its location in downtown Lima.
Zinum and 12 East are known for their unusual, gourmet burgers.
“We have burgers with everything from pickle fries and chicken tenders and mozzarella sticks,” Muniz said. “We have burgers with garlic toast in the middle of them. Jalapeno poppers. It’s more of a preference thing.”
But the most popular burger, Muniz said, is still the bar’s all-America burger, an eight-ounce classic with lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion and mayonnaise with hand-cut fries on the side.
Today, Zinum occupies the main floor of 134 W. High St., with plenty of space for dining, dancing and games, with additional outdoor seating.
Muniz has more planned: within the next year, he’d like to open a banquet area for wedding receptions and private parties. Eventually, Muniz would like to renovate the building’s second floor to use as a live music venue.
The bar’s proximity to popular eateries could be good for business too, giving passersby more reason to stay downtown after dinner or coffee.
“Instead of it being competition,” Muniz said, “it can be a situation where we all just help bring people downtown in general. Then everybody can thrive off of that and give people more options.”
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