All Things Business

Malabar Farm Restaurant Reopening This Week

8 Jun , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Another thing lost to the pandemic is coming back this week, and just in time for the best in summer dining.

The well-known Malabar Farm Restaurant opens Tuesday in its traditional home at 3645 Pleasant Valley Road in Lucas.

Closed for some time, the restaurant returns with wonderful gourmet foot. Bold, sophisticated, and unique flavors return for diners, including steaks, lamb chops, tiramisu, and more. The staff prides itself on being quick and attentive. More…

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History & Tourism

Are You Up For The Richland County Donut Challenge?

22 May , 2021  

By our friends at Destination Mansfield -Richland County:

This challenge is not for the calorie-conscious or the faint of heart. If you’re looking to indulge in the richest treats in Richland County and settle a local debate for the ages, you’re in the right place. This is the Richland County Donut Challenge: first, sample each of our favorite local donuts then decide for yourself which fried confection reigns supreme as the best donut in Richland County.

Apple Hill Orchard donuts are a local fall favorite, but these fall-flavored donuts are available year-round! Apple Hill Donuts are cake donuts made with only Apple Hill apples and cider in the batter. After they’re fried to golden perfection, they are either dipped in a thin glaze that soaks into the crispy exterior or rolled in cinnamon sugar during the holidays. The result is a donut that evokes memories of apple picking on cool fall days with every bite! These donuts are even available on the go thanks to the donut drive-thru window. More…

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All Things Business

Have A Beer With Your Biscuits?

16 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s an Ohio culinary institution — Bob Evans restaurants with their familiar red and brick facades.

Soon the place that is a staple for home cooked breakfasts and dinners may become a go-to venue for beer and wine as well.

Several outlets nationally and locally are reporting that Bob Evans has decided to expand its new alcoholic beverage offerings outside of its Florida operations, where they have been test marketed for some time.

With that, a number of Ohio locations have pending liquor permit applications including, according to Business First Columbus, for the restaurant at 2100 West Fourth Street in Ontario, diagonally across from Avita Ontario Hospital and Richland Mall. More…

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History & Tourism

Gotta Love Richland Diners

10 Aug , 2020  

Affordable American comfort food and breakfast all day. Familiar faces and eating at the counter. Bottomless coffee and a slice of Americana.

Diners are a staple of every community’s dining scene and every local has their personal favorite. Many regular customers feel at home in our diners and get to know the owners and servers by name. We might be biased, but our diners hold a special place in our heart. Here’s why we love our local diners…

Diners are an American tradition. Many of the earliest diners in America were built in refurbished rail cars. In keeping with this tradition, Buckeye Express Diner in Bellville, OH is located inside a refurbished train complete with an old steam engine, dining car, and caboose. This locomotive eatery sits high on a hill to beckon hungry travelers on Interstate-71 with the promise of diner food and Ohio State Buckeyes themed decor. Buckeye Express breaks with diner tradition in that it doesn’t serve breakfast, but you will find American classics galore on its wide menu. Locals and travelers alike keep coming back to this diner for the hefty burgers and their homemade fries. More…

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All Things Business

What’s Old Is New Again: Charley’s Reportedly Reopening In Ontario

17 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

For two years, the former Charley’s Philly Steak restaurant building has sat in a forlorn condition on the northeast corner of West Fourth Street and Lexington-Springmill Road.

According to a report Thursday on WMFD.com, that is about to change.

Since its closure, the empty building has generated a great deal of interest, in large part because of its prime location on one of the busiest intersections in Richland County. More…

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All Things Business, Ontario

Five Weeks To Five Guys

29 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

OK, it may be a wee bit more than that. What’s clear, however, is that the long anticipated arrival of Five Guys Burgers and Fries to north central Ohio is right around the corner. Here’s photo proof!

The Five Guys chain launched in 1986 in Arlington County, Virginia, and had 1,500 locations with another 1,500 planned as of 2016. As shared on the corporate website, three facts are true about each of those restaurants — only fresh ground beef is used; only peanut oil is used; and coolers, not freezers, are used. More…

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All About Richland

Off-Premises Consumption Now Allowed On Limited Basis; Read Complete Rule

8 Apr , 2020  

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced at Tuesday’s regular coronavirus news conference that a state agency has made a change which will assist restaurants that hold liquor permits.

Based on a ruling based on an emergency basis by the Ohio Liquor Control Commission, those establishments can now sell and have delivered two prepackaged alcoholic drinks with each meal ordered. More…

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All About Richland

Who Has The Best Pizza In Richland County?

20 Mar , 2019  

Congratulations are in order for a well-known local restaurant that serves a well-loved product.

This week saw publication of the 2019 edition of “The best pizza shop in each of Ohio’s 88 counties” list on cleveland.com. This list updates the last edition, issued three years ago. More…

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All Things Business

Fresh Fired Pizza Coming To Ontario

16 Oct , 2018  

A rapidly-growing pizza restaurant chain embracing a new concept in the industry is making north central Ohio one of its new homes.

According to its website, Firenza Pizza was created in 2015 by two pizza aficionados with “a goal to develop a restaurant where pizza lovers could get a high quality, artisanal pizza that based in only three minutes.” More…

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All Things Business

Hudson & Essex Restaurant Unveils Website, Videos

18 Sep , 2018  

Curious to get a “taste” of the newest restaurant experience in town? Now you can, thanks to the folks at the new Hudson & Essex at the corner of North Diamond and East Fourth in downtown Mansfield.

House in a former automobile showroom dating from the 1920s, the dining experience with winery will feature high end cuisine with an emphasis on local produce and meats. Hudson & Essex is owned and will be operated by the same team that created the successful Cypress Hill Winery. More…

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All Things Business

IHOP Springing To Life This Spring

11 Feb , 2017  

Visitors to the Lexington-Springmill area north of US30 are seeing new buildings rising, even in the midst of snow and ice.

This past week, structural elements of the new IHOP restaurant were appearing at 2190 Walker Lake Road. The restaurant will be located to the west of the second entrance to the Meijer-anchored shopping area, roughly across the street from Starbucks. More…

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