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NFL star and former Rocket Bruce Gradkowski opens fine dinning restaurant.
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The lessons quarterback Bruce Gradkowski learned on the football field at the University of Toledo have translated into his current NFL career and his next venture — opening a restaurant in Toledo. Gradkowski’s, slated to open in early December, will be part of UT’s Gateway Project, a grouping of shops and apartments near the intersection of Secor Road and Dorr Street. “A lot of the same things I learned through football are the same things you have to apply in business,” Gradkowski told Toledo Free Press Star during a recent visit to Toledo. It was a bye week for the Cincinnati Bengals, for whom Gradkowski is backup quarterback. “You have to be disciplined, you have to work hard, you have to work as a team. You’ve got to be detailed.” “I’ve learned just how much goes into it. Nothing comes easy, but to be successful we have to put a lot of time and hard work in and we understand that. That’s the way UT raised me in college, making me realize that.” Gradkowski’s partners in the venture are Singh Grewal, owner of Arnie’s on Levis, and Mike Graber, most recently managing partner at Biaggi’s in Levis Commons. Graber will be in charge of daily operations as well as future site development, but Gradkowski said he is closely involved in decisions. “My partners and I, the three of us, we collaborate on everything,” Gradkowski said. “The thing I like is we don’t have egos. We put the egos aside and whatever idea works best, we’re going to talk about it, see what we think and go at it.” Gradkowski met Graber while planning his 2011 wedding rehearsal dinner at Biaggi’s. He met Grewal, who played football at UT in the ’90s, at The Ale House, a bar Grewal owned near campus that was popular with students. “We’re really excited to have him,” Grewal said of Graber. “His expertise with high-end food and the way he runs his restaurants — having him join our team is a very, very exciting thing for us.” Gradkowski’s will focus on fresh, madefrom-scratch dishes featuring an array of “tempting appetizers, hand-cut steaks, pastas, specialty pizzas, salads, burgers and decadent desserts,” Graber said. “We’re going over and above in every category of food,” he said. 3661 Devers_Collision_TFP95_Layout 1 8/30/12 The wine list will feature wines from small
Bruce Gradkowski plans to open Gradkowski’s, a fine dining restaurant on the UT campus, in early December. TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR PHOTO AND COVER PHOTO BY JOSEPH HERR
vineyards worldwide. “We have been tasting the wines for the menu for six months now and every one is deserving of a reserve list, but we will pour all of them by the glass,” Graber said. The atmosphere will be warm, featuring natural woods and neutral colors, with signed photos of University of Toledo legends and local sports figures adorning a dedicated wall in the eatery, Graber said. There will be televisions to watch games and two private rooms for functions. “Everthing we are doing is based on creating a memorable experience,” Graber said. “From your food to your service and environment to the garnish on your cocktail, we have put a lot of 1:28 PM Page 1 care into every decision made.”
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Gradkowski said his main focus is offering great food and a great atmosphere, which will draw people from campus and surrounding areas. “I want college kids to come in and feel like they’re important, they’re grown-up, they’re mature, like, wow, they are eating at a nice place. I want people to feel special, because they belong, because this is their place just as much as it is my place,” Gradkowski said. “We think of the people on campus, and we think of Ottawa Hills, Sylvania. It’s a chance to bring them on campus to show people who haven’t been here for a while how beautiful it is.” Gradkowski and his wife, Miranda, met at UT and recently bought a house in Maumee,
where they live during the offseason. “UT’s been so great to me throughout my career here and I’ve loved the campus and that’s why my wife and I can call this place home,” Gradkowski said. “I’m super excited to have a restaurant going up because now it ties me to the university even more.” Matt Schroeder, vice president of real estate and business development at The UT Foundation, said he’s thrilled to work with Gradkowski and his partners. “It’s going to be fantastic to have Bruce open just in time for the bowl season and also the NFL playoffs and NBA basketball,” Schroeder said. “His timing couldn’t be better.” n GRADKOWSKI CONTINUES ON 4
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Neither Gradkowski nor Schroeder remember who approached who, but both feel the venture is a perfect match. “Once we had an opportunity to sit down with Bruce and hear his passion for the university and see his willingness and desire to not only give back to the university, but also this part of Toledo, we were hooked early on,” Schroeder said. “He’s not only looking at it through the eyes of a business investor or entrepreneur, but also through the eyes of a UT graduate. That passion along with his willingness to take some risks really impressed us and made us want to work with him.” The Gateway Project also includes a Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, Jimmy John’s, Yogurt U, Great Clips, Rice Blvd., Wireless Zone and Lofts at Gateway. “We at the university are very pleased with the feedback we’ve heard about Gateway, not only verbal feedback, but feedback at the register and the amount of foot traffic that’s out there on a daily basis. That’s been very rewarding,” Schroeder said. “It will transform not only that part of campus, but that part of Toledo.” Once Gradkowski’s opens, Gateway will be at 82 percent occupancy, Schroeder said. There are three spaces still available for lease, with one tenant to be announced as soon as this month. It was originally announced Gradkowski’s would open in August, but Gradkowski said he would rather do things right than rush to open. “My goal and my plan is to be here for 30 years,” Gradkowski said. “This isn’t just some couple-year thing where we’re trying to come in quick. We want to help the university out and make this campus grow, so we want to make sure
we’re building it right and having everything done right now, so it can last for as long as we want to be here.” Grewal agreed. “It’s going to be a University of Toledo landmark,” Grewal said. “I can tell when a legend is born. I knew the same thing about Bruce. I know him as a person and as a friend and he’s just one of the greatest guys UT has ever had. Having gone to all the places he’s gone and then to come back to Toledo and give it back to UT, that’s a huge thing for the University of Toledo and for the city of Toledo. I 100 percent believe it’s gonna kick some butt there and it’s going to be big for this university.” Gradkowski, who grew up in Pittsburgh, said UT was the only school to offer him a Division I football scholarship and he knew it was a good fit as soon as he visited campus. He graduated with a major in business marketing and management and was drafted by the NFL in 2006. “The moment I stepped foot on campus, I thought, ‘This was exactly what I wanted’,” Gradkowski said. “Now that I’m older I realize football can end any day now and I’m glad I have my degree.” Gradkowski said hard work will be what sets him apart and gives Gradkowski’s staying power. “I’ve always felt if you do it right, you’ll succeed. There’s no shortcuts to success,” Gradkowski said. “It’s great how God works that he put this opportunity of a restaurant in front of us. He’s really blessed us. “It will be like ‘Cheers,’ where everybody knows your name,” Gradkowski said, breaking into song and then laughing. “I hope people love the food and the atmosphere and just come away with a great experience.” Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about employment opportunities. O
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Former Hooters girl Julie Wilson wants to change the way you live.
By Jeff McGinnis Toledo Free Press Star Pop Culture Editor PopGoesJeff@gmail.com
Julie Wilson is the first to admit she cuts an unusual figure in the world of business. From her outgoing and infectious personality to her provocative photo shoots, the former Hooters waitress may not seem like the average CEO. But Wilson’s drive and passion are some of the factors putting her company on the map. Wilson is the founder and president of RawNation, a company that promotes healthy dietary habits through organic herbs and superfoods — including Hot Rawks, an “all-natural libido enhancer.” In an interview with Toledo Free Press Star, Wilson said a drive to run a business runs in her family. “I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My uncle was a very successful entrepreneur, my dad is, my cousins are. It’s just kind of in our family to motivate each other to work for ourselves. And so, maybe being raised around that had something to do with that,” she said. Of course, it’s a different game when you’re a woman in a male-dominated business environment. “That’s actually a big problem. It’s funny, because in the beginning, I didn’t really think it would be. And a lot of people would tell me that — and they were like, ‘You’re gonna have issues, because it’s a male-dominated industry, and you’re a woman.’ And I was like, ‘Whatever, that’s just an excuse people use.’ “But, I’ll be honest with you, I’ve been doing this for three years now, and I have realized that it is a challenge,” Wilson said. “No. 1, sometimes it opens doors easier, but a lot of times it’s harder for people to take you seriously. So I’ve had the issue of having to prove myself a lot harder in situations, because I don’t fit the bill of a normal CEO, especially in this industry.” Still, Wilson said, “I have a really good product and a really good story, so once I meet people and get to talk to them, it’s a much easier sale than it is if they don’t take the time to talk to me or get to know me at all.” That story is a big part of what drives Wilson’s passion for her industry. About 10 years ago, Wilson
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said, she suffered a series of health issues. “I was living with horrible pain and I was dealing with the repercussions on my health from it,” she said. “It was a really bleak diagnosis, there was apparently no cure from what my doctors told me. I was 25 at the time, and that was a really hard pill to swallow at that age, and feeling like you’re old because you’re sick all the time and you can’t
digest food — it interfered with my daily life. “So I went on a quest to find a natural cure, because I had nothing to lose at that point. And when I totally reversed my condition in six months, just off of diet and herbs, that’s what really sparked a passion, because I realized if I had listened to them, I would have had surgery and been on drugs for a long time.”
Wilson made it plain that she hopes her story, and the way her company does business, helps inspire people to make changes to their lifestyle. “I really don’t wanna cheapen my product or my brand, I really wanna be in it for the long haul. And I have a real big passion that drives me, and a lot of that comes from struggling and wanting to do something that makes a difference,” she said. O
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Restaurant Week Toledo up to 28 participants By Sarah Ottney TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR email@example.com
Restaurant Week Toledo has grown every year and this year will be the biggest yet, organizers say. Set for Feb. 21 to March 2, Restaurant Week Toledo will feature new venues as well as returning favorites and will be three days longer than last year, said Becca Gorman, co-chair of Restaurant Week Toledo. Eighteen locally owned restaurants participated in last year’s Restaurant Week Toledo and there are already 28 confirmed for this year’s event, Gorman said. “Last year’s event was an overwhelming success. We received rave reviews from restaurant owners, some of whom ran out of food due to the response from the public. We were also pleased with the feedback from patrons,” Gorman said. “We extended the event by three days due to a large volume of requests from both restaurant owners and patrons asking for more.” Participating restaurants include Bar 145°, The Blarney Irish Pub, Bobby V’s
American Grill, Burger Bar 419, Caper’s Restaurant and Bar, Fifi’s Reprise, The Hungry I, ICE Restaurant and Bar, La Scola Italian Grill, Loma Linda, Mancy’s Restaurant Group (Bluewater Grille, Mancy’s Italian Grill, Mancy’s Steaks, Shorty’s True American Roadhouse), Manhattan’s, Maumee Wines and Bistro, The Oliver House (The Café, Mutz, Maumee Bay Brew Pub and Rockwell’s), Plate 21, Poco Piatti, Registry Bistro, Rosie’s Italian Grille, Tea Tree Asian Bistro, TREO, Ventura’s and Zinful. Each venue will feature a special Restaurant Week menu priced at $10, $20 or $30. (Drinks, taxes and gratuities are not included unless specified.) A portion of the proceeds will benefit local nonprofit Leadership Toledo’s youth programs. “People can feel good about going out during Restaurant Week Toledo because they are supporting local businesses while at the same time encouraging future leaders of Toledo,” said Cory Dippold, associate executive director of Leadership Toledo. Restaurant Week Toledo has gotten better every year, said Neal Kovacik, general man-
ager of The Oliver House. Rockwell’s has participated for the past two years and this year all four Oliver House restaurants will participate, he said. “It created a lot of traffic and a lot of interest last year,” Kovacik said. “It’s a great way to highlight local restaurants and a great way to get people in that may have not tried the place before, and of course it’s for a good cause.” Zinful in Waterville, which offers guests an extensive wine list and walk-in humidor, will be one of this year’s first-time participants. Owner Joyce Franzblau said she is passionate about supporting the community. “I’m very community-minded and we try to participate in as many community events as possible,” Franzblau said. “I think it’s a really cool thing. People can go restaurant to restaurant trying out new places.” Margot Estes, co-chair of Restaurant Week Toledo, said she hopes area residents use the event as an opportunity to patronize local eateries. “We want to encourage a healthy and robust community in Toledo,” Estes said. “By supporting the restaurant community, we strengthen our entire community.” Toledo Free Press is a media sponsor of Restaurant Week Toledo. For more information, visit the web site www.restaurantweektoledo.com. O
Participating restaurants include Bar 145°, The Blarney Irish Pub, Bobby V’s American Grill, Burger Bar 419, Caper’s Restaurant and Bar, Fifi’s Reprise, The Hungry I, ICE Restaurant and Bar, La Scola Italian Grill, Loma Linda, Mancy’s Restaurant Group (Bluewater Grille, Mancy’s Italian Grill, Mancy’s Steaks, Shorty’s True American Roadhouse), Manhattan’s, Maumee Wines and Bistro, The Oliver House (The Café, Mutz, Maumee Bay Brew Pub and Rockwell’s), Plate 21, Poco Piatti, Registry Bistro, Rosie’s Italian Grille, Tea Tree Asian Bistro, TREO, Ventura’s and Zinful.
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25818 North Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg (419) 931-6590 Facebook: Arnie’s At Levis Arnie’s on Levis offers an upscale sports bar atmosphere featuring 23 beers on tap, including rotating local and regional craft beers, and an extensive whiskey, bourbon and scotch menu. Best known for its wings, the menu also includes steak, salmon, chicken breast, burgers, pizza, sandwiches, melts, wraps, soups, salads and more. A recently added kids’ menu offers a half-price kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal.
B. Gump’s opened in August and offers a diverse menu, including steak, shrimp, crabcakes, lamb chops, chicken liver, bison burger, coffee-rub sirloin, Jamaican jerk chicken wings, duck wings and more. Fresh fish is added to the menu on weekends. A 150-seat banquet facility is available for catered holiday parties. The venue also features happy hour from 4-7 p.m. daily, live entertainment Friday-Saturday and a lounge with a bar and TVs. O Hours: 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. TuesdaySaturday (lounge opens at 3 p.m., kitchen until 10 p.m. TuesdayThursday and 11 p.m. FridaySaturday), noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Open New Year’s Eve.
Happy hour, featuring $1 off all drinks, is 3-7 p.m. MondayFriday. Arnie’s also offers 16 TVs, NFL Sunday Ticket, open mic night Wednesdays, live entertainment Thursdays-Saturdays and Great Lakes Trivia 7-9 p.m. Sundays. Private parties are free. A private VIP room is also available. O Hours: Open 11 a.m. daily (kitchen open until midnight). Holiday hours limited.
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Located across from the Stranahan Theater, The Black Pearl offers a casual yet upscale dining experience perfect for catching a meal before a show, said general manager Brad Holler. The menu features a diverse variety of quality, affordable dishes, including fresh seafood, prime rib, poultry and pasta as well as weekly specials and a wine list. Catering and a private room are available. O
Featuring 24 beers on tap, a full liquor selection and live music Thursday through Saturday, “you’re only a stranger once” at The Blarney. Burgers, Reubens and Irish fare like fish and chips are served up by friendly waitstaff at the laid-back pub featuring décor imported from Ireland. Owner Ed Beczynski said people can get a beer anywhere, so he wants The Blarney to stand out. “I just want people, when they leave, to say ‘I
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had a great time,’” he said. O Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. MondayWednesday (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.), 11-1 a.m. Thursday (kitchen closes at 11 p.m.), 11-2:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday (kitchen closes at midnight), open Sunday on Downtown event nights. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Open New Year’s Eve.
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461 W. Dussel Drive, Maumee (419) 724-BLUE (2583) mancys.com Bluewater Grille of Mancy’s Restaurant Group features seafood flown in fresh daily, including a raw bar offering iced oysters, clams, shrimp, lobster and more. Steaks, pasta, chicken and an extensive wine, vodka and martini selection are also available as part of an upscale yet casual experience. “Our fresh fish, prepared on our open woodfire grill, is flown in four to six times a week from Foley Fish market in Boston and as
far away as Honolulu,” said co-owner John Mancy. “We also serve Mancy-quality steaks.” Happy hour is Sunday-Friday until 7 p.m., featuring specials served at the bar. Private and semiprivate dining is available. O Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 4-11 p.m. Saturday, 4-9 p.m. Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Open New Year’s Eve (reservations only).
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menu items, including vegetarian options. “We’re just trying to keep everything here in Toledo,” Salloukh said. “We’re all about the food and the 419.” O Hours: Opens 11 a.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Open Christmas Eve (until 9 p.m.) and New Year’s Eve.
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Holiday DINING GUIDE Doc Watson’s is a great place to host or cater an office holiday party, said general manager Carey Parker. This family-friendly neighborhood hangout offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Notable menu items include the DeCarlo, a barbecue chicken breast with cream cheese and bacon in a pita, and Lord Stanley’s Loin, an in-house smoked beef tenderloin with bleu cheese, red onion and horsey sauce on a grilled ciabatta. Happy Hour is 2-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and appetizers are half off after 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. Tickets for a New Year’s Eve party with a DJ are $15, which includes a menu item up to $15, champagne toast and party favors. O
Chuck’s on Monroe 4477 Monroe St., Toledo (419) 720-3370 chucksonmonroe.com
Chuck’s offers 16 draft beers, NFL Sunday Ticket and a menu featuring chicken chunks, sandwiches, wraps, burgers and more. Happy hour, featuring $1-off drinks, is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Other specials include: Monday, $2 off Reubens (before 6 p.m.) and half-off appetizers (after 6 p.m.); Tuesday, Pepperoni French bread pizza with a domestic pitcher for $12; Wednesday, $2off chicken and pulled pork nachos; Thursday, $2-off burgers and $4 domestic pitchers; Saturday and Sunday (until 6 p.m.), $5 chicken chunks and $5 domestic beer buckets. Chuck’s also offers a heated outdoor patio, live acoustic musicians Tuesdays and Thursdays and DJs Friday through Sunday. O Hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Holiday hours: 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thanksgiving and Christmas, regular hours New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
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El Tipico, which has been serving authentic Mexican cuisine at its family-friendly South Toledo eatery for more than four decades, debuted a new look in September, renovating both the interior and exterior and adding a parking lot. “We are the ‘newest’ oldest Mexican restaurant in Toledo,” joked Dina Villa Nostrant, who owns the eatery with her father Ezekiel Villa. “The only thing we didn’t change is our mother’s recipes.” The madefresh-daily dishes were her mother Consuelo Villa’s, who was born in Mexico. The alcohol-free restaurant offers fish, shrimp and vegetarian selections, unusual cactus dishes and a new gluten-free menu. O Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
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The Blue Pacific Grill at Levis Commons in Perrysburg is celebrating its eight-year anniversary this month. While the restaurant is known for its unique create-your-own stir-fry dishes, the service and atmosphere are what sets the eatery apart in the minds of local patrons, said waitress Leandra Flores. “We have a lot of people that come here every day. We know their names, their drinks and just how they like their food,” Flores said. “I have been here for all eight years and have really enjoyed working in this kind of atmosphere. My boyfriend and my sister work here and some days it doesn’t even seem like work.” The family restaurant is owned by Kirk Falknor and his son Brandon Falknor. Kirk’s daughter, Jessica Necessary, manages the restaurant’s operations. “I have been at Blue Pacific Grill for the last five years and have really enjoyed working with everyone at the restaurant,” Necessary said. “We currently have around 30 employees, and we are all just one big family.” The restaurant is preparing for the holiday season and recently launched a gift card promotion to give back to customers. For every $25 patrons spend, they will receive a $5 gift card back to the restaurant.
“To gear up for the holiday season we also have added delicious appetizers and unique seasonal drinks to our menu,” Necessary said. “The newest appetizers to hit the Blue Pacific Grill menu are fajitas, quesadillas, chips and salsa and buffalo chicken wraps. Our seasonal drinks include eggnog martinis and our famous Christmas martinis.” The customizable stir-fry dishes the restaurant is known for come with a choice of 12 signature sauces and the opportunity to watch the grill master cook your meal right in front of you. “Everything is fresh and purchased from local vendors,” Necessary said. “We pride ourselves on providing better quality and variety than our competition.” The Blue Pacific Grill is also in the process of teaming up with the American Heart Association to become a heart-healthy destination. The restaurant offers gluten-free options and vegetarian meals. Tuesday is family night where kids 8 and younger eat free with the purchase of one adult meal per child. Thursday is a date night special, featuring two dinners, two nonalcoholic drinks and one dessert for $30. Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. For more information contact Blue Pacific Grill, 4150 Levis Commons Blvd., at (419) 8739466 or visit thebluepacificgrill.com. O
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J. Patrick’s Restaurant features bottomless soup and salad bar 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday, all-you-can-eat surf and turf buffet and salad bar 5-10 p.m. Friday and prime rib specials on Saturdays 5-10 p.m. J. Patrick’s Pub features live entertainment 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The Jackson Square Atrium, a raised area overlooking the pool, offers full-service dining off the restaurant menu, happy hour 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and brunch with live jazz 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Visit hifq.com for holiday buffet and New Year’s Eve package details. O Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday (restaurant); 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to midnight Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 3-9 p.m. Sunday (pub); 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, closed Saturday (atrium). Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner buffets offered 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (reservations required).
Reviewed by Zagat as one of the best restaurants in Ohio, Georgio’s Cafe International is best known for its fresh seafood. It also offers French, Greek, Mediterranean and Italian dishes, including steak, chops and pasta. Featuring an extensive wine list and free valet parking in the evening, Georgio’s has offered an elegant Downtown dining experience for lunch or dinner for 26 years, said owner Chris Kamilaris, whose brother, George Kamilaris, is chef. Catering and private rooms are available. O Hours: Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday; Dinner: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30-10:30 p.m. FridaySaturday; closed Sunday except for private parties. Bar open 11:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Open 5:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve, featuring a DJ, band and dance floor.
With its elegant, amber-lit interior, extensive wine list and gourmet Italian cuisine, La Scola is “a place to get away from it all,” said Moussa Salloukh, who co-owns the eatery with Gus Nicolaidis. “I’ve had people come in from New York, from all over, and say it’s the best Italian they’ve ever had,” Salloukh said. “It’s big-city food and a big-city atmosphere here in Toledo.” A second location, La Scola Tuscan Grill, opened in Findlay in July. O
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Le Petit Gourmet Downtown Toledo’s Gastropub!
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Le Petit Gourmet is popular for catering holiday parties of all types and sizes, said Jason Dzierwa, who owns the eatery and catering company with his wife, Sarah. The casual deli features fresh salads, sandwiches and desserts and the atmosphere draws in repeat customers. “The atmosphere is very cozy,” Dzierwa
said. “We have a little fireplace in the center of the restaurant. It’s a very inviting place. We know 80 percent of the people that walk through our door.” O Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. MondaySaturday, closed Sunday. Open hours for catering.
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Chef Joseph Jacobsen wanted to go “back to our roots” with the opening of Dégagé Express. “Back to when we used to get everything off the farm and everybody used to make everything from scratch,” he said. “Before TV dinners.” Located in The Historic Commercial Building, 301 River Road, in Maumee, Dégagé Express is an expansion of Dégagé Jazz Café, which has been open for four years. Dégagé Express was designed as a quick stop for lunch but with the same flair the café serves for dinner. “I wanted to move us to offer lunch,” Jacobsen said. “More people want quick lunches as opposed to sitting down.” The restaurant is in the middle of a soft open with a grand opening planned, but not yet scheduled. There are still finishing touches to add to the menu and venue, Jacobsen said. Jacobsen took over Dégagé Jazz Café three years ago. He’s been planning the expansion for months and said it’s been a little tough balancing everything. But the hard work is not over. Jacobsen is aiming to have the menu 100 percent locally produced. “It is a massive amount more work than other places are willing to do, but I want people to experience it,” Jacobsen said. “I’m
trying to expand people’s horizons and introduce them to what fresh tastes like.” Jacobsen said he is aiming for a “farm-to-table concept.” He goes to the farmers market every week, checking all produce before purchasing. “It’s going to be a little tough because winter is coming,” Jacobsen said. “But spring, summer and fall will be pretty much 100 percent of all our produce is going to be locally produced.” Menu items for Dégagé Express include sandwiches, soups and salads. “The Dip” sandwich is made of beef, house-made gravy and locally made bread. A sign on the wall suggests you can get your bread dipped once, double-dipped or “wet.” Nick Davis, operations manager of The Historic Commercial Building, assured fans of Red Wells, which closed at the building to make room for Dégagé Express, that it is still open at its home base on Sylvania Avenue. “Since Dégagé has been very successful, it made sense to expand it to a lunch venue, which also improves efficiencies and improved utilization of employees,” Davis said in an email. Dégagé Express is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Dégagé Jazz Café is open Tuesday through Thursday 5-10 p.m. and Friday to Saturday 5-11 p.m. For more information, visit the website historiccommercialbuilding.com. O
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Mancy’s Italian Grill 5453 Monroe St., Toledo (419) 882-9229 mancys.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
managing partner George Mancy. A bar and outdoor patio serve late-night entrees. Private dining and banquet facilities are available. O Hours: Lunch: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday; Dinner: 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 4-9 p.m. Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Open 4-7 p.m. Christmas Eve (reservations in dining room, first come, first serve in lounge) and 4-10 p.m. New Year’s Eve (reservations recommended).
A Toledo staple since 1921, Mancy’s Steaks is known for its USDA certified Angus steaks, including USDA Prime cuts, seared at 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit, said co-owner Gus Mancy. “What makes us different Mancy’s Steaks than other steakhouses is we age and hand-cut our beef 953 Phillips Ave., Toledo on premise,” Mancy said. “Our butcher has been with (419) 476-4154 us since 1978 and our broiler chefs have a combined mancys.com 25 years experience cooking our steaks. We’re proud of that.” Mancy’s menu also features seafood, housemade sauces and desserts and an extensive wine list. Private dining and banquet facilities are available as well as off-site catering. O Hours: Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday; Dinner: 5-9:30 p.m. MondayThursday, 5-10 p.m. Friday, 4:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, closed Sundays. Closed Thanksgiving. Open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve by reservation only.
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Fajitas, chimichangas and margaritas are among the most popular items on Loma Linda’s menu, which features authentic Mexican and American cuisine, said manager Jeanie Kunzer. The casual, family-owned eatery also offers daily lunch specials, a magician on Wednesdays and a mariachi band on Fridays. O
Mancy’s Italian Grill offers contemporary Italian fare in a casual, cozy setting. With dishes prepared in an open kitchen with a wood-fired oven, the menu captures the rustic charm of Italian regional cooking, including steaks, chops, fresh seafood delivered daily, wood-fired pizza, homemade sauces and more. “Mancy’s Italian Grill uses the highest quality and freshest ingredients in all our dishes all while providing great value and the highest standards of service,” said
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The historic Oliver House offers multiple dining experiences under one roof. Upscale Rockwell’s, known for its steak, also offers fresh seafood, chops, chicken, pasta and custom-made desserts along with a great view of the river and city skyline, said Neal Kovacik, general manager of Oliver House operations. Petit Fours Patisserie serves specialty pastries and coffees as well as special occasion orders, while The Café offers a unique, eclectic lunch menu featuring traditional French sandwiches, a daily quiche, daily soup, salads, burgers, wood-fired pizzas and more. Mutz is a casual sports bar featuring pub food, Maumee Bay Brewing Co. beers, bar games, NFL Sunday Ticket games and live entertainment Wednesday-Sunday, including karaoke and open mic nights. Maumee Bay Brew Pub offers nine unique, handcrafted beers, brick-oven wood-fired pizzas, steaks, pasta, sandwiches and more. O Hours: 5-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday (Rockwell’s); 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday (Petit Fours Patisserie and Café); 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday (Mutz); 3-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 3-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday (Maumee Bay Brew Pub). All closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
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South Toledo coffeehouse Plate 21 is a true community gathering spot, with many regular customers stopping by with family members in town for the holidays, said owner Sandy Spang. Upcoming events include Boutique Night with local artists set for 7-9 p.m. Nov. 29 and Coffee with Santa set for 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 1. Plate 21 recently partnered with Grand Rapids, Mich.-based roaster Madcap Coffee to carry a variety of light- and medium-roasted whole bean coffees purchased directly from growers in Central and South America and Africa. Also
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Rosie’s takes traditional century-old Italian family recipes, gives them a creative modern twist and serves them in a romantically lit, Tuscan-themed atmosphere. “Authentic Italian — that’s what we’re known for, but our fresh seafood creations and Chicago Stock Yards steaks are just incomparable,” said pastry chef Betsy Barone. Rosie’s also features awardwinning pizza, live music Wednesday through Saturday and a private, four-
season patio. Wine bottles are $5 or $10 off on Wednesdays. O Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. MondayTuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. WednesdayThursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. FridaySaturday and 4-9 p.m. Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Open Christmas Eve (call for hours) and New Year’s Eve (3-11 p.m.).
Rosie’s Italian Grille 606 N. McCord Road, Toledo (419) 866-5007 rosiesitaliangrille.com
Secor Building, 144 N. Superior St. (419) 725-0444 registrybistro.com Registry Bistro opened in June and features a dinner menu of contemporary American bistro cuisine with an emphasis on “shared plates,” said chef Erika Rapp, who co-owns the eatery with her mother Vickie Rapp. The elegant casual eatery also offers full dinners, entree salads and sandwiches. The menu changes seasonally and the bar features American craft cocktails, craft beer and boutique wine. “We want to make sure everyone feels comfortable
and has a great time,” Rapp said. Gift certificates are available. O Hours: Hours: 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, closed SundayMonday. Bar opens at 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Open New Year’s Eve, featuring special menu and live jazz (reservations only).
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Shorty’s True American Roadhouse of Mancy’s Restaurant Group is Toledo’s first authentic “real pit” barbecue, featuring awardwinning ribs, pulled pork, steaks, burgers, salads, salmon, perch and more. Barbecue dishes are cooked “low and slow” for up to 18 hours. The restaurant also features a doublesided bar and covered outdoor patio with a
fire pit. Takeout orders, catering and a bulkfood party menu are also available. O Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Open Christmas Eve (until 6:30 p.m.) and New Year’s Eve.
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Star Bar & Grille offers a cuttingedge American menu in a contemporary casual atmosphere, said owner Joe Skaff. Featuring steaks and seafood, the well-rounded menu also offers a line of signature steak meals for $14.95, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, salad and dishes with a Southwestern flair, including quesadillas, popular surf and turf tacos and more. The venue also offers occasional live dinner music, NFL Sunday Ticket and food and drink specials on weekend game days. O
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Now open for lunch, Trotters has a new lunch menu featuring soup, salads and sandwiches all made in-house and fresh to order, as well as customer favorites like the Brown Jug sirloin steak, said owner Marc Snyder. The South Toledo eatery offers NFL Sunday Ticket plus appetizers, food and drink specials during games and Toledo’s largest high-definition projection system featuring a 16-foot screen, Snyder said. Happy hour is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The venue also features a covered, full-service patio and regular live entertainment. O
Known for its awarding-winning ribs, Sidelines opened a new Toledo location on the corner of Telegraph and Alexis roads in September. Jumbo chicken wings with homemade sauce, boneless Fowl Balls, homemade soups and a signature spicy mojo dip are also popular, said co-owner Eric Sitter, who prides himself on offering unique and memorable dishes like the Knock-Out burger and the Porkzilla. “Those are items you just can’t get anywhere else,” Sitter said. “We’re a sports eatery but our food is exceptional.” O Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11-2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon-midnight Sunday (Toledo); 11-1 a.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-midnight Sunday (Lambertville)
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Ye Olde Durty Bird 2 S. St. Clair St., Toledo 419-243-BIRD (2473) yeoldedurtybird.com Relax with family and friends in Ventura’s casual atmosphere and enjoy one of Toledo’s best-known secrets for the past 28 years, invites general manager Valerie Mundt-Scott. Serving some of the area’s finest Mexican and American cuisine, Ventura’s offers daily lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., cocktail hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and $2.60 margaritas in 10 flavors every Tuesday until 9 p.m. A private dining room for holiday parties of up to 50 people is available. Holiday gift certificates are available beginning Nov. 23, featuring a bonus $5 with every $25 purchase. O Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday and all major holidays.
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Featuring more than 170 wines, including more than 70 by the glass, and a constantly rotating local, seasonal and international beer selection, there is something for everyone at Zinful, said owner Joyce Franzblau. The venue’s knowledegable staff can help guests choose the perfect pairing. Now open again for lunch, the menu offers artisan cuisine such as the Jaeger Schnitzel and more casual dishes such as fresh burgers, homemade flatbreads, salads and soups as well as made-from-scratch desserts, one-of-a-kind appetizers and a children’s menu. Zinful
Open daily for lunch and dinner, Downtown Toledo’s gastropub features soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, a new fall menu and more. Everything is made with fresh, locally grown produce, said general manager Julie Ketterman, who owns the business with her sister Linda Ball. The casual eatery offers free Wi-Fi, free parking, NFL Sunday Ticket, monthly wine tastings and a bloody mary bar every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Happy hour is 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is also live entertainment Tuesday through Saturday with no cover, including open mic night Tuesdays. Service for group parties and special events is available. O Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday-Thursday, 11-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
also features a walk-in humidor and covered patio for smoking. Upcoming events include themed wine tastings 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, a wine-pairing dinner for charity the last Wednesday of the month and a wine class in February. A convenience store, Zin and Out, is attached. O
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• $175.00 deposit due at time of booking, • $175.00 deposit due at time of booking, Drinks Included are: Chilled KIDS HOT after 11/30/12. non-refundable Buffet for twoafter at 11/30/12. 7 p.m. • 8 Drink Tickets per Couple Coffee, Hot Tea, Iced non-refundable Tea, Spaghetti & Meatballs Carved Prime Rib Holiday Inn French Quarter Shrimp Cocktail Hot Chocolate, Chocolate Betty’s Salad Late Night Snack 11 p.m. • Payment in full • Payment in full due Assorted Horseradishes due by Pretzel 12/01/12. by 12/01/12. Bites with 10630 Fremont & White Milk Pike • Overnight Tossed Salad Accommodations Cheese Sauce Carved Ham with Champagne Toast at Midnight• Party Favors • 43551 • For Reservations taken after 12/01/12, ForCranberry Reservations taken after 12/01/12, Fluff Salad (Check in after 3:00 p.m.) Perrysburg, Ohio Entrées Citrus Glaze Chicken Fingers in full is due at time ofNew payment booking. in full at time of booking. Year’s Dayis due Breakfast Buffet for two (9 a.m.–12 p.m.) Carrot Salad Carved Roasted Turkey payment with Baked Salmon with • Hors d’oeuvres at 6pm cranberry • relish Pasta Salad Dijon Maple Glaze(Additional Checkout (1 p.m.)• Live Entertainment (2 Bands): • Late Add Sunday Night Add $89 Sunday Night +tax) (Additional $89 +tax) Carved Honey Glazed Ham Fire &Standard Ice SaladRoom • New Year’s Eve Surf ‘nDESSERTS Turf Grilled Chicken with Green Soul Band in the Atrium Home Style Pot •Roast • Add $89 Buffet for (Additional two at 7pmPumpkin Pie $319.00 +tax Add Desserts Tuesday Night Tuesday NightEyed (Additional +tax) $89 +tax) Pear Bacon Compote Kielbasa with Pecan Pie NightLine Band in the Holidome • years Pumpkin Pie Room Italian Sausage & Tickets per of 8 Drink Couple age allowed • No one • No one under 21 years of Cabbage & Noodles 21 in age allowed in Holidomeunder Chocolate Brownies Marinara Tossed Pie Almond Crusted Chicken partyPecan areas or pools after 8:30 P.M. party areas or pools on after 8:30 P.M. on 2nd or 3rd Floor Late Night Snack 11pm Carrot Cake with Penne• Pasta with Apple Cream Sauce Pumpkin Trifle New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve. $339.00 +tax Baked Salmon with Chololate Brownies Mashed Potato • Champagne Toast atEggnog MidnightTrifle Bourbon Sauce Call Today: 419-874-3111 & Beef Gravy Carrot Cake Christmas Cookies Jacuzzi Room • Tradition Stuffing with Party Favors Suger Free Upon Request Au Gratin Potatoes Sugar Free Upon $329.00 +tax Apple Essence Room Rates Request • Buttered Corn New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet Kids Mashed Potatoes with Standard Room: $319+tax Floor Poolside for two (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) Turkey Gravy Green Bean Casserole Pasta1st & Meatballs Holidome Room $359.00 Mashed Sweet Potatoes Dinner Rolls Chicken Chunks+tax 2nd/3rd Floor: $339+tax • Late Checkout - (1:00 p.m.) Green Been Casserole Pretzel Bites with Cheese Jacuzzi Room: $329+tax 1 Bedroom • Live Entertainment - (2 Bands) SauceSuite $435.00 +tax Buttered Corn COLD 1st Floor Poolside: $359+tax Dinner Rolls • Green Eyed Soul Band in the Atrium Cocktail Shrimp 1 Bedroom Suite: $435+tax prices based on
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Compiled by Whitney Meschke Events are subject to change.
This intimate acoustic venue showcases international, national, and regional artists. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or www.theark.org. O Bettye LaVette: 8 p.m. Nov. 7, $27.50. O Lucy Wainwright Roche, Lindsay Fuller, Kaia Wilson: 8 p.m. Nov. 8, $15. O Tom Chapin: 8 p.m. Nov. 9, $22.50. O Enter the Haggis: 8 p.m. Nov. 10, $17.50. O Sonny Landreth: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, $25. O Lynn Miles: 8 p.m. Nov. 12, $15. O Mary Black: 8 p.m. Nov. 13, $40.
This venue features burgers, bands and bourbon, if its slogan is to be believed. $5 cover. 5304 Monroe St. (419) 593-0073 or bar145toledo.com. O Arctic Clam: Nov. 8. O The Menus: Nov. 9. O Kamel: Nov. 10.
B-Bop Records/Third Space
Offering “organic music for the cyber age,” this music store offers vinyl, CDs, memorabilia and the occasional concert. Third Space, 137 N. Michigan St. (419) 535-1234, www. bboprecords.com or www.thirdspacetoledo.com. O Electrician, Henry Gray and the Dead Folk, Luckey Haskins, Jesus Time Machine: 8-11 p.m. Nov. 7, $5. O Tim Kaiser, Paul Metzger: 7-10 p.m. Nov. 9.
The university’s ensembles, choirs, quartets and more — and their friends — will present the music they’ve been perfecting. Halls are located in Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/arts. O Jazz Lab Band 1, Karrin Allyson: 8 p.m. Nov. 8, Kobacker Hall. O BGSU Wind Symphony: 8 p.m. Nov. 9, Kobacker Hall. O Jazz Lab Band II: 8 p.m. Nov. 13, Kobacker Hall. O University and Concert bands: 8 p.m. Nov. 14, Kobacker Hall.
B. Gump’s 101 Restaurant & Lounge
Steak and seafood, chops and chicken are on the menu, along with tons of entertainment. 5147 S. Main St.,
Sylvania. (419) 517-2199.
cafe seating. (419) 794-8205 or www.degagejazzcafe.com.
O Mike Fisher: Nov. 8. O Andrew Ellis, Lucky Lemont: Nov. 9. O Bryan Lee: Nov. 10.
O Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. Nov. 7 and 13-14. O Leo Darrington: Nov. 8. O Skip Turner Band: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-10.
The Blarney Irish Pub
Catch local acts while taking in the pub’s modern Irish and American fare. 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or www.theblarneyirishpub.com. O Jeff Stewart: Nov. 8. O Stephen Woolley & Suburban Soul: Nov. 9. O Kentucky Chrome: Nov. 10.
A variety of rock, soul, pop and alternative acts perform at this bar. 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. $3-$20 unless noted. (734) 996-8555 or blindpigmusic.com. O Matthew Dear, Light Asylum, Charles Trees: 9 p.m. Nov. 7. O Joe Pug, Amy Cook: 8 p.m. Nov. 8. O State Radio, Sarah Jaffe: 8 p.m. Nov. 9. O David Bazan Band, Stagnant Pools: 9 p.m. Nov. 10. O To Light a Fire, Kisses for Charity, Bad Television: 9:30 p.m. Nov. 13. O Roster McCabe: 9:30 p.m. Nov. 14.
Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www.thedistilleryonline.com. O DJ Mark EP: Thursdays. O The Bridges: Nov. 9-10.
O Dal Bouey, DJ Rob Sample: 9 p.m. Nov. 9. O East River Drive, DJ A Dubb: 9 p.m. Nov. 10.
Live music is on Saturday’s menu; the genre varies, along with the cover charge. Karaoke is on tap 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, and a DJ starts spinning at 9 p.m. Fridays. 26611 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. (419) 874-9058 or jjsperrysburg.com. O John Barile and Bobby May: 8 p.m. Nov. 13.
Named in honor of the owners’ forefather, this bar and restaurant serves a variety of dishes and entertainment. 1515 S. Byrne Road. (419) 389-6003 or docwatsonstoledo.com. O Frankie May, Dan Stewart: 10 p.m. Nov. 9. O 732 Electric Duo: 10 p.m. Nov. 10.
Fat Fish Blue
Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayoustyle grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or fatfishfunnybonetoledo.com. O Bourbon Street: 8:30 p.m. Nov. 9. O Suburban Legend: 8:30 p.m. Nov. 10.
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Toledo’s venue for rock. 308 Main St. $5-$15, unless noted. (419) 693-5300 or www.FrankiesInnerCity.com. O Attila, Make Me Famous, Issues, Ice Nine Kills, Adestria, Northern Shores: 6 p.m. Nov. 7. O King, Endeavors, Dresden: 8 p.m. Nov. 9. O Touch of Rage, the Black Order, Cosmic Throne, Megapegasus: 9 p.m. Nov. 10. O Break, Disconnected: 8 p.m. Nov. 11. O Vanna, Goodbye Blue Skies, Affairs: 6 p.m. Nov. 12. O Lights, Arkells: 7 p.m. Nov. 13.
This venue has been rocking BGSU students (and others) for years. 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 353-5000 or www.clazel.net. O Sleigh Bells, Araabmuzik: Nov. 7, $23-$25.
Cock n’ Bull Tavern
Another drinking-and-dining option has opened up near Fifth Third Field and will feature occasional musical performances. 9 N. Huron St. (419) 244-2855. O Captain Sweet Shoes: 9 p.m. Thursdays. O John Barile & Bobby May: 6 p.m. Fridays. O Danny Mettler: 7 p.m. Sundays.
Dégagé Jazz Café
Signature drinks, such as pumpkin martinis, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 weekends for
Carlos Hyde: The Buckeyes’ starting tailback helped lead the Buckeyes to a 52-22 win over Big Ten rival Illinois. Hyde rushed for 137 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns. The Buckeyes are now 10-0 and have a bye this weekend. We congratulate Carlos Hyde and the Buckeyes for their outstanding performance.
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Kerrytown Concert House
938 W. Laskey Road. (419) 720-4320. O DJ: Wednesdays. O Scotty Rock: Sundays. O 52 Pickup: Nov. 10.
Be sure to check out this Warehouse District tavern’s namesake, overhead near the entrance. 20 S. Huron St. (419) 244-2627 or www.bronzeboar.com. O Open mic: Thursdays and Mondays. O Beg to Differ: Nov. 9. O Bush League: Nov. 10. This family-friendly eatery dishes up live performances … and Chicago-style pizza. 7131 Orchard Centre Drive, Holland. (419) 491-0990. O BOFFO: Nov. 10.
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Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or www.hifq.com. O Green Eyed Soul: Nov. 9-10.
The newly opened Hollywood Casino Toledo offers musical distractions from all the lights, noise and jackpots. 777 Hollywood Blvd. (419) 661-5200 or www.hollywoodcasinotoledo.com. O Nine Lives, DJ Rob Sample: 8 p.m. Nov. 8.
This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. $5-$30, unless noted. (734) 769-2999 or www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com. O Songs of Sheldon Harnick: 8 p.m. Nov. 8-9 and 2 p.m. Nov. 10. O Freddy Cole Quartet: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, $15-$35. O Finnish National Romantics: Sibelius and Madetoja. 7 p.m. Nov. 13, free. O The Broad’s Way: Belters From Babs to Burnett. 8 p.m. Nov. 14.
This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www.manhattanstoledo.com. O Open stage with Jeff Williams: 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays. O Quick Trio: 6 p.m. Nov. 8. O Joe Baker Band: 8:45 p.m. Nov. 9. O The Good the Bad and the Blues: 8:45 p.m. Nov. 10. O Mike Corwin: 7 p.m. Nov. 14.
A variety of genres to wash your drinks down with. Open mic nights, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, no cover; $5-$7 cover other nights. 602 Lagrange St. (419) 246-3466 or www.mickeyfinnspub.com. O Open mic: 9 p.m. Wednesdays. O Transmission (Goth night): 10 p.m. Fridays, $8. O Frontier Ruckus: 7:15 p.m. Nov. 10.
Motor City Casino/Hotel
This casino’s Sound Board offers big names, big sounds and a big experience. 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Guests must be 21 or older. (866) 782-9622 or www.motorcitycasino.com. O Peabo Bryson: 8 p.m. Nov. 15, $38-$40.
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Devin Gardner: The Wolverines backup quarterback Devin Gardner helped lead Michigan to a 35-13 win over Minnesota. He was 12-18 for 234 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Wolverines are now 6-3 and host Northwestern in Ann Arbor this weekend. We congratulate Devin Gardner and the Michigan Wolverines for their outstanding performance.
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This club is a venue for music (and music lovers) of all types. 2567 W. Bancroft St. (419) 535-6664 or omnimidwest.com. O Anberlin, Morning Parade, Iamwe: Nov. 14.
Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com. O Pomegranates, the Hounds Below: 10 p.m. Nov. 8. O She Bears: 10 p.m. Nov. 9. O goLab, PoNtOoN: 10 p.m. Nov. 10.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
What began as an antique store in Chicago turned into a string of more than 200 eateries nationwide, including Toledo. All of the shops feature live music. 4038 Talmadge Road. (419) 725-5037 or www.potbelly.com. O Don Coats: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. O Tom Drummonds: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
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”Denzel Washington gives one of his best performances in ‘Flight.’ While not the most compelling or heart-rending of his movies, director Robert Zemeckis shows he still knows how to make a good movie.” Read the full review and watch the trailer: Watch James discuss movies on “WNWO Today” around 5:50 a.m. on Fridays. Also, listen to James discuss movies on “Eye on Your Weekend” on 1370 WSPD every Friday at 6 p.m.
This new bar is making a lot of promises for entertainment, vintage video games and just plain fun. Check it out and see if it’s holding up its part of the bargain. 135 S. Byrne Road. (419) 536-2582 or www.rocketbartoledo.com. O DJ Manny: Thursdays. O Rock showcase: Nov. 9. O Uncrowned, Down the Phoenix: Nov. 10. O Badfish: 7 p.m. Nov. 13, $12-$15.
Shawn’s Irish Tavern
Founded in 1968, this Celtic-style bar and eatery offers entertainment at its three locations. 4400 Heatherdowns Blvd., (419) 381-1281; 105 S. Third St., Waterville, (419) 441-1081; and 7436 W. Bancroft St., Sylvania, (419) 7247981. www.shawnsirishtavern.com.
Nouveau cuisine gets a helping of music Thursdays through Saturdays. 104 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-8360 or www.stellasrestaurantandbar.com. O Jason LaPorte: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 8. O Acoustic Soul: 8 p.m.-midnight Nov. 9 and 6:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 15. O Meaghan Roberts: 8 p.m.-midnight Nov. 10 and 16.
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Tequila Sheila’s Downtown
This corner bar-type hangout offers the occasional bit of entertainment. 702 Monroe St. $3. (419) 241-1118. O Samuel Torres: 9 p.m. Nov. 9. O Samuel Torres: 9 p.m. Nov. 10. O Free Wild Band: 9 p.m. Nov. 10.
Named for the owners’ horsey pastime, this restaurant serves up barbecue and big band. 5131 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-2079. O Ragtime Rick and the Chefs of Dixieland: 8 p.m. Nov. 7. O Tom Green: 5 p.m. Nov. 9.
Uptown Night Club
Rewired presents Goth Night at 9 p.m. Wednesdays and ’80s/’90s dance music on Mondays. 160 N. Main St., Bowling Green. No cover. (419) 352-9310 or uptowndowntownbg.com. O
Anyone curious about this charcuterie can check out the menu while also sampling some music Tuesdays through Saturdays. 219 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 873-6224 or www.swigrestaurantandbar.com. O Chris Knopp: Nov. 8. O Jeff Stewart: Nov. 9.
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Upscale dining plus live entertainment is a welcome combination. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. and concludes at 1:30 a.m. 610 Monroe St. (419) 725-0044 or www. tableforty4.com. O Nine Lives: Nov. 9-10.
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Harpists to play at Trinity on Nov. 9 Three renowned harpists will play in the area Nov. 9 at Trinity Episcopal Church. Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter are performing as part of “Legends of the Celtic Harp,” a free concert/storytelling tour. The Toledo event begins at 7 p.m. Ball, a California native, has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken-word albums, which have sold more than half a million copies, according to a news release. He has also received grants from California Arts Council and the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association. Lynne, who splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles, has composed music for the Windham Hill Records. Her tunes have placed in the top 10 and top 20 on the Billboard New Age Music Charts. Her work can be heard on the PBS special, “Alone in the Wilderness.” She is also founder of Harps for Hearts, a music program that provides live music in several California hospitals. Frankfurter also resides in San Francisco. He began playing violin at age 3 and now plays several instruments, including the rare Swedish nyckelharpa. He has produced several CDs and a DVD in addition to exploring many genres. The Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society is sponsoring the event and donations will be accepted for the music programs at Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 Adams St., Toledo.
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