Main Street Tavern opens in Huron

Business is heating up at the old 34 Degrees Bar and Grill location.
Melissa Topey
Oct 12, 2012

 

Jamie Brokaw, Ron Gilbert and Joe Dike have opened Main Street Tavern in that spot, creating a comfortable neighborhood watering hole that’s sure to be a hit among locals and tourists.    

“We wanted to do an old-school tavern where people can watch a ball game,” Brokaw said.

The tavern’s dark wood tones and soft lighting are complimented by a back-lit bar, where folks can belly up for the usual drinks, as well as craft and seasonal beers.

As a child, Brokaw followed his father, a beer distributor, on his rounds.

For the past nine years, he’s made his living working different bar jobs.

“I’ve learned a lot of things of what to do and what not to do,” he said.

Main Street Tavern opened its doors Sept. 28, the day of the big Perkins-Huron game.

“It has been really good,” Brokaw said. “Really busy. We already have repeat business, which is incredible.”

And the drinks aren’t the only lure to this neighborhood hotspot.

“I wanted to do a great bar with good food,” Brokaw said. “People are coming back for the food.”

Among the more popular items: the Cuban sandwich, chockfull of roasted pulled pork, honey ham, swiss cheese, mayonnaise and mustard.

When the business partners got the keys to the building Aug. 1, they were eager to swing open the doors.  

But first, some remodeling was in order.   

The men pulled the carpeting and mirrors off the walls, then tore down a drop ceiling that robbed several inches from the main room, making the space seem small.

Sans drop ceiling, the room now has open duct work — a look the guys kind of liked. So they left it in place.

Patrons who remember the old 34 Degrees won’t even recognize the new place.

But if there’s anyone to trust, it’s Brokaw. He knows what makes for an efficient bar, and what his customers want to see on the counter.

The bar’s concrete floors also got a new look, and the bathrooms larger and modernized.

“The bathrooms are beautiful,” Brokaw said. “(In the old) women’s bathroom, while you sat you could reach the door and use the sink all at the same time.”

The three men believe their investment will be worth every penny — not just for them, but for Huron as a whole.

“I don’t want to take business away from any bar,” Brokaw said. “I want people to say, ‘Let’s go to Huron.’ I want them to bounce back and forth between businesses.”

Main Street Tavern
Where: 606 Main St., Huron
Hours: Noon to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday; breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday; closes at midnight Sundays
Call: 419-616-0025

Comments

donutshopguy

Tough business. Take care of your money. Good Luck.

feedthetrolls

this police blotter newspaper loves new bars being open

Julie R.

"I want people to say, 'Let's go to Huron.' I want them to bounce back and forth between businesses."

Duh... while you're bouncing back and forth between businesses, don't forget the Huron cops!

allrhetoricanyway

The young men that opened this business are doing a GREAT job! Have been there a couple times, each and every time it was quite fun, low-keyed, just typical socializing.
The comment that Mr. Brokaw made was basically that he understands that "competition breeds success".....more reasons for more people to enjoy Huron and spread the "wealth" (sic)...he realizes, like any good business person that if you create more reasons for people to come to your community it is only better for EVERYONE!!
The police officers are always going to do their job! If you sit at home on your computer all day and night long the part you miss is that most bar owners are responsible for their serving, and if it comes to a matter of personal choice, many people will use alternative transportation. There will always be that factor that chooses their own liability. You can see severely impaired individuals leaving Walmart at any given time of the day! Do not disparage these young, ambitious people with your swill that only relates to your own personal inequities!! Get off your low - level judgement calls, gather some ambition and see what you can make of YOURSELF before you decide you are gleaning their destruction!
I am a true believer that these men will make a great living, help our economy and probably create a decent place for decent people to socialize!
I am NOT from Huron and I do NOT know any of the owners personally, but I am cheering them on and banking on their success!! I believe in small business and the pursuit!

Phil Packer

The last guy remodeled with a roll of duct tape for the bar stools. Or maybe not even that...

SmokingGunn

Looks like they copied some ideas from Knucklehead's except for the beer prices..little higher than most bars and taverns.

Julie R.

To reiterate --- while you're bouncing back and forth between bars in little Huron, Ohio make sure you have a non-drinking driver or else watch out for the Huron cops. The Huron cops are everywhere.

Swamp Fox

Julie R so your point that its illegal to driver under the influence. You have a "bouncing" drunk kill a family member maybe then you wish the everywhere cops would have stopped them.

Julie R.

That's the point I'm trying to get across. While you're bouncing from bar to bar in little Huron, Ohio you better make darn sure you have a designated driver because there are a lot of cops in Huron --- and incidentally, I'm glad there is.