WAPAKONETA — A husband and wife are attempting to turn the 60-year-old Ohio Bar, previously John Eversole’s Ohio Bar, into their dream pub.
Daryl and Terry McDonald purchased the business and the portion of the over 100-year-old building above the bar two years ago. Since then, the two have gradually been renovating the bar, doing what they can to bring out its history.
“We’re just trying to do a little renovations as we go,” Daryl McDonald said. We’re just starting out. It’s just us doing it so we get one thing done at a time.”
The bar has a few arcade games set against the wall, a jukebox, pinball machine (a popular addition, Daryl McDonald said), two pool tables and an old automated bowling machine on the left wall by the front door. There’s a back patio where people can sit and smoke, something not allowed inside the bar, and still be able to hear the music from inside.
A back door opens into the alley where, back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, horsedrawn wagons stopped to deliver supplies to the general store or coal to the cellar below, Daryl McDonald said.
“The cellar still has coal scattered across the floor,” he said.
The historic quality of the building is one of the reason the couple purchased the location, they said. They intended to gather antiques from throughout Auglaize County and other parts of Ohio to put on display at the Ohio Bar, Terry McDonald said.
“We’re both serious history nerds,” she said. “There’s just something about adding your name to the history of a place like this. It’s exciting.”
It’s even more exciting for the couple because they were both raised in Wapakoneta. They both trick-or-treated down Auglaize Street as children and they’re thrilled to be a part of the historic street now.
The Ohio Bar is only open from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. The couple said they are the only two running it without any employees and the schedule fits within their work schedule. Rather than have a bar open constantly, they are interested in making the Ohio Bar a more family-friendly pub. They also want to partner with area businesses to hold special events as another way to differentiate themselves from other local bars.
Reach Bryan Reynolds at 567-242-0362.