Co-owned by Matt Jennings, the golf club’s CEO, and Chuck Benes, the Village Grill & Patio is open to the public and offers ribs, pierogies, and pasta dishes, overlooking the golf club’s putting green.
Co-owners Matt Jennings and Chuck Benes opened the Village Grill & Patio, adjacent to the Oak Harbor (Ohio) Golf Club, last week with an eye toward providing home cooking and an inviting atmosphere for golfers and families looking for a place for dinner, the Fremont, Ohio-based News-Messenger reported.
A row of seven-iron club heads give customers a place to hang their coats on the way into the restaurant, which is just a few steps to the links, the News-Messenger reported.
Jennings has been involved in the restaurant business since he was 12, and he hopes residents from Oak Harbor and surrounding cities see Village as a dining option first, with the benefit of being next to the golf course, the News-Messenger reported.
“We’re trying to be that place for everybody,” Jennings said.
Jennings, the CEO of the golf club, worked at the Moosehead Grill in Vermilion, Ohio and teamed up with Eddie Solomon, owner of McGarvey’s, to teach customer service and presentation at that restaurant, the News-Messenger reported.
Village seats 100 inside and 80 on its patio. Jennings said the menu’s standouts include ribs, homemade pierogies and pasta dishes.There are also 16 craft beers available at the restaurant, the News-Messenger reported.
Inside diners can look out at the golf club’s putting green, and the restaurant interior features golf-themed photos and decorations, the News-Messenger reported.
Jennings said the crowd for Village’s opening night consisted of more than 50% non-golfers. He said he and Benes want to emphasize that the restaurant is one of the only places in Oak Harbor with a liquor license that is not a bar, the News-Messenger reported.
“We want people to know we’re open to the public,” Jennings said.