By Jessica Huffman, Correspondent
The Viaduct Bar and Grill has emerged in the building formerly known as Murray's Refinery on North Washington Street. It opened May 22.
Lee Luzader and his fellow owners do not plan on changing the structure much because of its history. The structure is believed to be the oldest of its type in Tiffin, in which the wooden bar featuring mermaids is presumed to be the original. According to land records, a tavern first was erected on the site in 1817.
"We love the interior," Luzader said.
Owners have added a 10-foot TV, which features all sports. There will be wing specials on game days.
The owners plan to expand the menu to include lunch at 11 a.m. They hope to begin serving lunch by Thursday. The menu now includes burgers, wings, veal tenderloins, T-bone steaks, chicken strips and more of the basic sports bar food. The expanded menu is to include wraps and sandwiches of all kinds.
"We want to be a family-friendly place," Luzader said. "We get great people coming in here."
Thursdays and Fridays, the bar menu includes Fat Guyz Barbeque from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Viaduct features a disc jockey and karaoke on Fridays and live music on Saturdays. Live music is to include a range of genres, including classic rock, blues, country and Southern rock.
Saturday, the establishment is to feature the band Southern Express. July 10, the band Hot Lunch is to perform, and July 17, Rusty Vinyl is to appear.
The site also has a back patio with a pond. All of the employees are locals, many of whom were employed there when it was Murray's Refinery.
Viaduct Bar and Grill is open 5 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday.