LIMA — Almost four months ago, 2nd Ward Councilor Sam McLean and former city councilor Ray Magnus began renovating the 318 N. Main Street building and now look to open the new 318 restaurant by the end of July.
Signage was officially placed on the exterior of the sports restaurant/bar Monday morning. The new signage features a black train with the numbers 318 placed in the center, a design idea from Lima native Tom Golden.
Golden’s design was chosen out of several other ideas through a name and design contest started by owners McLean and Magnus. Golden was awarded $125 for his chosen design Monday.
“My wife’s family are big time train people,” said Golden. “My father-in-law worked on it and uncle worked on it. I do a lot of sketching and so forth, and the old train engine seemed to be a good fit.”
Aside from the new signage, the new building is equipped with an all new u-shaped bar, new doors, windows, oak hardwood floor. There will be a new HVAC system, a new electrical and plumbing system and a fresh paint job by the time the business is open.
The sports bar will also have an internet jukebox, a gas fireplace, a dozen televisions, which will display sports and news, and eating space in the dining area, back patio and at the bar.
The outside of the bar will be well-lit with security cameras and security personnel that monitor and patrol the area to ensure the safety of the patrons.
The owners have hired several servers and cooks and are waiting to hire a chef to help them create an unique menu.
As of now, the restaurant will offer all-American favorites such as steak, burgers, wings and fries, with potential specialty items like smoked meats and barbecue.
“We want it to be an environment where we can bring your family and friends with you and have a fun time,” said McLean. “You will be able to eat and [also] enjoy downtown Lima.”
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