Lima businessmen create new restaurant and bar downtown


By Camri Nelson - cnelson@limanews.com



Sam McLean discusses plans for the deck outside of the new bar/restaurant on 318 N. Main. St. in downtown Lima.

Sam McLean discusses plans for the deck outside of the new bar/restaurant on 318 N. Main. St. in downtown Lima.


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.

“Its going to be a completely different, cleaned up and brighter atmosphere, with lights all over the place,” said McLean. “We are not going to discriminate against people, but we are not going to allow people to come into the door that have saggy britches. Hoodies are not allowed. However, we will allow people to come in until they start to mess up, and then we will ask them to leave.”

By the time the restaurant/bar opens, the two hope to hire 20 to 25 chefs, cooks, servers, bartenders, and security officers.

“This place just kind of fell into our scope of what we wanted to do,” said Magnus. “We are going to hit it out of the ballpark. I know there are plenty of people excited about this project and cannot wait until we open.”

Sam McLean discusses plans for the deck outside of the new bar/restaurant on 318 N. Main. St. in downtown Lima.
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By Camri Nelson

cnelson@limanews.com

Reach Camri Nelson at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @CamriNews.

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