LIMA — The 318 Restaurant and Bar at 318 N. Main Street has provided Lima area residents a place to go in the downtown area that’s family-friendly.
Owner Ray Magnus is no stranger to the business.
“I’ve been doing this for a couple, three or four decades now between restaurants and game rooms and bars and stuff like that, and I wanted something downtown to help revitalize the downtown area,” Magnus said. “We looked at several places downtown, and this came up for sheriff’s auction, and we bought it. Well, two years ago now, we remodeled it and opened it up as a restaurant and bar. We’ve been open now for a year and a half and doing really well, and we think we’re helping the downtown area.”
Magnus and his then-partner, Sam McLean, decided to expand the footprint of the restaurant using space to the south of the previous bar that hadn’t been used for 35 years.
“When I bought it, we came and looked at it and cut the wall out and cut the bar in half and added onto the bar, brought it over, put a handicapped bathroom in. Everything here is brand new,” Magnus said.
The restaurant has a variety of specialty sandwiches.
“We do specialty burgers, specialty chicken sandwiches, and we have flatbreads,” said Tina Rolsten, restaurant manager. “What’s really cool about us is that we have specials. We do a different special every week and one every weekend, something completely off the menu.”
Starting in March the restaurant is planning Friday night parties after the weekly Rally in the Square events.
Also the first Friday of every month, it will play host to a radio remote with 104.9 The Eagle to try to bring more people into the business.
“We’re advertising quite a lot, and it’s just word of mouth. People, they’ve heard of us. They like us because they keep coming back,” Magnus said.
The downtown area is quickly becoming a destination for people.
“Everybody in downtown Lima seems to work together. We really have a common goal, which is to just grow downtown Lima,” Rolsten said. “We did the Toast to the City last year and, you know, anything that we can do to help the overall community in downtown Lima.”
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.