Table Forty-4 among restaurants opening this seasonWritten by Duane Ramsey | | email@example.com
Three new eateries are scheduled to open in Downtown Toledo in time for the April 8 home opener of the Toledo Mud Hens.
Jed’s At The Yard, a new sports eatery, is scheduled to open April 6 on Washington at St. Clair Street across from Fifth Third Field. The new establishment is occupying the space of the former Durty Bird and Legends Bar.
Jed’s is a sports eatery with lots of sports and a full-service bar with daily lunch specials and happy hours Monday through Friday, according to Dean Wagner, a spokesman for owners Mike and Pete Govito.
“We’re looking forward to opening the Downtown location by opening day,” Wagner said.
Jed’s will be open seven days a week with seating for about 170 with 45 employees. The staff has been interviewing people for bartender, cook, dishwasher, host and server positions for the Downtown location, Wagner said.
Table Forty-4, a restaurant for casual dining with a full-service bar, will open in the 600 block of Monroe Street.
“We’re scheduled to open before April 8 and we’re doing everything we can to make that date,” said Jim Mettler, a spokesman for the owners who also started the Maumee Chop House.
Table Forty-4 will seat from 200 to 250 people for dinner and offer live entertainment on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Mettler said.
“We’re looking forward to opening this restaurant near the ballpark,” he said.
Another new restaurant and bar named Ice is scheduled to make its debut Downtown on April 5.
Ice will open in the former Eddy B’s restaurant in the lower level of the National Bank Building at Madison Avenue and St. Clair Street.
“It’s been crazy here,” said owner Donna Weiser who has interviewed 85 candidates for 25 to 30 positions as bartenders, cooks, dishwashers, hosts and servers. Ice will have its own entrance and lobby on Madison Avenue, she said.
Ice will feature upscale dinners, such as steaks, seafood and pasta with full-bar service with seating for 160 patrons. Reservations will be available for dinner, Weisner said.
Ice will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday with live entertainment on stage those nights.
A band named Toast and Jam from Canada will perform at Ice on opening day April 8. A local group, On The Beach, will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on April 9 and 10, said Weiser who will operate Ice with the help of her children.
Other new restaurants are already open. Andrew Z’s Pizzeria Express opened last month on St. Clair at Adams Street in Downtown Toledo with much fanfare.
“It’s been phenomenal for us so far,” said Andrew Zepeda who owns and operates the business with his wife Michelle. “We thought there was a place here for pizzas, subs, salads and our bread balls made with butter, cheese and garlic.
“We’re just packed before events at the arena and stay open later on those dates,” Zepeda said. “We hope people will make us a destination before or after games at Fifth Third Field.”
The Downtown restaurant has 15 employees and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
“It’s an investment in the future. I believe in Downtown and always have. If you offer a quality product that is different, you can be successful,” Zepeda said.
The Zepedas also operate Andrew Z’s Sports Pizzeria at Levis Commons, which he said is doing very well. They have about 48 employees at that location.
Zepeda said he is planning to open a rock ‘n’ roll music and piano bar next door to the pizzeria at Levis Commons on June 1.
Zepeda works at the Downtown restaurant after his radio show, “Andrew Z in the Morning,” on KISS-FM from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. After the lunch rush, he goes home for a few hours and then to work at the Levis Commons pizzeria for the evening, which is only five minutes from his home, he said.
Tequila Shelia’s recently opened in newly remodeled space at Monroe and Erie streets.
“There’s so much going on Downtown. It’s changing every day,” said Bill Thomas, executive director of the Downtown Toledo Improvement District Inc.
The organization offers information about attractions and entertainment in a Downtown guide with a map and parking locations at www.downtowntoledo.org.
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