LIMA — In effort to promote the downtown area, two Lima area business professionals, Sam McLean and Ray Magnus, have recently partnered to begin the first stages of a new bar and restaurant in downtown Lima.
“We wanted to develop something in the downtown area as a eating, meeting and drinking place where people could go,” said McLean, who also serves on Lima City Council. ” The reason behind it is to jump start and get more people to invest in the downtown area and make the downtown area more vibrant.”
The business partners purchased 318 N. Main St., the former Main Street Irish Pub, and the neighboring building from sheriff’s auction. For the past month, contractors have been renovating and altering the building by putting down new sheet rock and removing an arch to connect the two buildings.
“I was in here when it was open and it was nice place and I loved the fireplace,” said Magnus. “So when we had the chance to buy it and Sam said, ‘Let’s go for it,’ I said, ‘Okay,’ and we did. We got the title, and we got people in here to start working and started tearing stuff out.”
The bar/restaurant, which is yet to be named, is intended to open by late September or early October. By that time, the two look to replace the exterior windows and doors, polish the internal and external brick, extend the doors about four feet closer to the street level and add a handicap restroom.
“We are going to give it a better egress because of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” said McLean. “We want to make sure that people can get out easily without any issues.”
The restaurant/bar will also be equipped with an internet jukebox, a gas fireplace and about a dozen televisions where patrons can can watch sports or the news. There will be an eating area on the wooden deck and two bars within the facility.
The two have not finalized their menu just yet but plan to hire on a chef to help develop menu items. The structure of the bar is set up for the lunch time and evening crowd, according to McLean.
Because it is a bar environment, the two business partners said they will make an effort to prevent patrons from misbehaving and getting out of control. To ensure the safety of their patrons there will be internal and external cameras that will capture footage of the inside, outside, deck, and parking lot.
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