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Tonys Place At Put-in-Bay Gets Another Life!

Tonys Place to become “Tonys Garage” Put-in-Bay’s oldest treasured Island hang-out (commonly known as Tonys Place) is getting another chance to play a big part in island life this year… The new owners and general manager are excited about bringing both the rich past island history of Tonys and the recent renovations together for one of the island’s best fun spots to visit again and again.

New owners and partners of the Tonys Place business venture: Mike Rouen, Tom Schlachter, and Paul Avery, along with General Manager “Crazy Bob” Turner, are excited about the challenge this opportunity presents and are busy getting all the elements in place for a May grand opening with official date and time to be announced in the May Put-in-Bay Gazette.

The interior has been demolished. This new Put-in-Bay Restaurants will undergo complete upgrading and refurbishing from the bathrooms to the kitchen to the main floor area. Extra efforts were taken to retain the original back and beautiful front customer bar in the new plans. It is scheduled to seat 100 people in the main dining area and will also feature a small entertainment stage area.

Tonys Place Menu Top Secret!

A new surround outside deck will be in place with seating for an additional 45 people and handicap accessibility. The front outside façade will still retain the same familiar shape with five added roll-up glass garage doors that can be opened or closed depending on weather conditions. The restaurant and bar’s food and drink menu is still being secretly developed (even the Editor could not get this information from “Crazy Bob”).

The menu will feature delicious diner comfort food combined with bar favorites and nouveau specialty items! You can watch progress very shortly on a fun and interactive blog.

Tonys Place needs everyone’s help! We intend to decorate the place with antique garage items, pictures, and items of historical value from Tony’s Place Island history over the years. If you or anyone you know might have something for us to feature in the venue (be it photographs, fliers, posters, short stories, or whatever), we are very interested in making this the main part of Tonys Place experience.

Part of this exhibit will also include space for a monthly revolving glass-enclosed bulletin board. Best wishes to all for a successful summer season, and looking forward to making your next Tony’s experience a happy memorable one. Also being added are parking spots for the Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rentals.


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