Fine food, spirits on tap at Blue Ribbon Tavern

Aug 5, 2008 Full story: Allied News 23

Expected to serve first drinks since GC went wet The Blue Ribbon Tavern will make history in Olde Town next month as Grove City Borough's first alcohol-serving restaurant finally opens its doors.

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art fan

Grove City, PA

#1 Sep 29, 2008
The proprietors of the BLue RIbbon have done a nice job. I've eaten there, and though the menu is just getting off the ground, the food was excellent. Nice addition to the town.
Yikes

Grove City, PA

#2 Sep 29, 2008
If they don't get a handle on the 50 people standing outside on the sidewalk smoking all night and the fights and people passing out on tables it will not last long! not good 1st impressions on this end. From the outside you can't even tell its there, no good signage, not decor inside and WAY to $$ for mediocre food. on the bright side the drinks are cheap which will make for lots of drunks on Broad street
beer is good food

Gettysburg, PA

#3 Sep 30, 2008
I am friends with one of the owners, and for what they had to go through in gettin open, this place is AWESOME!! Things take time, and as long as they can keep up serving good food(once they get their full menu, they will have a very successful business. As far as fights and that, I am sure they will work on getting that corrected. Plus it's not THEIR fault people cannot smoke in "public" places, talk to your wnderful governor about that. They've only been open a week and a half, lighten up a little.:)
Yikes

Grove City, PA

#4 Oct 1, 2008
first Impressions dictate your customer base and from the looks of it its not good. as for the girl they let pass out on my table while I was there..that was a great way to impress the supporters that came from the ole town gala to finish the evening there! Good luck to them and I hope they get their act together or it will not last long as most of the folks I talked to will not be there again. we'll see
Yikes

Grove City, PA

#5 Oct 1, 2008
take another month and get it right rather than open not ready, no decor at all 4 bartenders and I had to beg for service..I hope it gets better as would hate to see all the work of getting this lic swirl down the drain..
mtp

Grove City, PA

#6 Oct 2, 2008
That's what is great about America. If you don't like it, go somewhere else. I for one think the owners have done a wonderful job. The food is great and the menu is expanding everyday. These entreprenuers have poured every cent they have in the place and should be proud of their accomplishments. Let's let them grow and see where they go. They deserve a chance.
Denny Beck

Washington, DC

#7 Oct 3, 2008
My wife and I have been there a couple times for dinner and had enjoyable experiences. The managers and staff have all been accommodating and pleasant, the food was excellent and properly prepared, and the music was kept at a tasteful level. We did not observe any people out of order or drunk; even the few children we saw having dinner with their parents were well-behaved. Feel as you might about the smoking outdoors - the ban on indoor smoking is now law, and I honestly believe the Grove City PD has better things to tend to than to have to chase people away from the storefronts on Broad Street.
An Observer

Camp Hill, PA

#8 Oct 9, 2008
Initial observations were positive for the most part but the new bar has some issues to solve.

Out of four meals (limited menu), three were excellent, one was crap. Sent back, replacement was still crap. Hopefully it will improve with time.

The dining chairs are the most uncomfortable I have ever experienced. The decor was nonexistant. With any luck the complaints will have them changed.

There seems to be "regulars" already so at times seating at the bar is at a premium.

The smoking outdoors won't cut it in the small village of Grove City though. Maybe when the park opens up across the street theh owners will get the smokers to clear the sidewalks.

As to the owners, one is great, one is a real turnoff. Spending most of his time at the video machine or on the customer side of the bar scowling at the customers, I predict if he remains involved he will chase away all but the hard core drinkers. That in itself could doom this bar.

My synopsis, the bar has great potential and is much needed in Grove City but they need to correct a few problems, quality and selection of food, seating comfort and make one of the owners stay home and count his money.
Ill give it a year

Grove City, PA

#9 Oct 9, 2008
Hey mtp, we waited for years to get a quality restaurant/bar in Grove City and what we are getting is a half=assed dark dull drab downtown bar. Yep, it does have potential but that Jimmy guy has to go and yep, we will give it a chance but the betting is it won't do well under the present management. Ask Jimmy how many DUI's he has received and why he was fired from Elephant and Castle.
The smokers? They need to get a lot farther away from the front door. The law says they must. When Barney Fife gets around to it, I'm sure he will pay a visit!
paul

Grove City, PA

#10 Oct 9, 2008
Then go somewhere else.
Rich

Grove City, PA

#11 Oct 9, 2008
The concept of alcohol in the borough was meant to provide the community with a "good" eating establishment. What it has produced is simply one more nuisance bar for drunks to inhabit. Given one of the proprietors fits this billing the longevity of the new emporium might be short lived and yes, we will be going somewhere else.

P.S. Remember, what was voted in can be voted out.
Yikes

Grove City, PA

#12 Oct 9, 2008
Hey Paul...guess what they will go somewhere else and this dive will be out of business as you can't stay open on cheap warm beer and crappy decor.
paul

Grove City, PA

#13 Oct 10, 2008
Go enjoy Perkins. :)
paul

Grove City, PA

#14 Oct 10, 2008
How has it been a nuisance? Please provide facts before spewing garbage. The place was packed for lunch today, and there were plenty of compliments on the food. The menu was just expanded to included pasta's and other entres. The full menu will be in use next week. They deserve a chance to make it. As for the smoking, it is a wonderful experiece to enjoy an establishment without a cloud of smoke in the air. However, it is not against the law to smoke outside. We can not hold these proprietors responsible for ones own bad habit. I only ask that we give them a chance. This is America. This is a free market, therefore, if it doesn't produce it will be gone. They have exausted all of their monies, time, and sweat in preparing to open their doors. It's only been open for 168 hours. Thats about as long as an Obama B.S. speech. How would you guys like to open a new business in this economy right now? My guess, is alot of us havent tried, so they should at least be congratulated for that. Lets see where they are in two years. PEACE
Yikes

Grove City, PA

#15 Oct 12, 2008
paul wrote:
How has it been a nuisance? Please provide facts before spewing garbage. The place was packed for lunch today, and there were plenty of compliments on the food. The menu was just expanded to included pasta's and other entres. The full menu will be in use next week. They deserve a chance to make it. As for the smoking, it is a wonderful experiece to enjoy an establishment without a cloud of smoke in the air. However, it is not against the law to smoke outside. We can not hold these proprietors responsible for ones own bad habit. I only ask that we give them a chance. This is America. This is a free market, therefore, if it doesn't produce it will be gone. They have exausted all of their monies, time, and sweat in preparing to open their doors. It's only been open for 168 hours. Thats about as long as an Obama B.S. speech. How would you guys like to open a new business in this economy right now? My guess, is alot of us havent tried, so they should at least be congratulated for that. Lets see where they are in two years. PEACE
I think that you should re read the rest of this thread as most of the comments were based on first hand experiences and its the CUSTOMERS opinion really the only thing that matters when it comes to the experience and whether they return for service again?

Just curious but when was the last time you saw a business open with only half of there services? let alone a restaurant open with only have a menu? That's just bad business, even more so since they have been partying, i mean working there every night for 6 months.

As for the non smoking inside lets give credit where its due to the laws as I am certain it would be a smoking bar if it could be and it is up to the owners to enforce the "50 ft from the front door part"

I think that you are missing the point here as we voted for the local est. and would like to see it not fail at the hands of being run poorly.

Nobody wants to see it fail just get it together so that the skeptics in the bubble can't say they told ya so.

Lets not get ahead of ourselves and congratulate them for something that has far from succeeded yet... They got a space, borderline at best location as they have public parking, cheap decor of at all and a couple TV's, what is the impression of the longevity of a business that has a temporary sign out front after 6 months preparing to open? Really!
yeah

Meadville, PA

#16 Oct 14, 2008
There is finally a nice restaurant in Grove City that serves alcohol. I have been there a couple of times and had a positive experience on both occasions. I was there opening night and it was very busy. I only saw one person get a little out of hand and the owner quickly set him straight. Then I took my kids for lunch one Saturday afternoon. Food was good and so was the service. I plan on returning this weekend as I will have out of town guests and I want to take them there. I think the decor is very nice the bar area is beautiful! I heard they did most of the work themselves. I think it is a great place and will thrive.
Earl

Grove City, PA

#17 Oct 20, 2008
Rich....Were you expecting Mortons or Ruth's Cris to take up shop downtown? Anyone who thinks, that they were going to get a fine dining restaurant downtown is dreaming. It was never, and will never happen.
Great

Meadville, PA

#18 Oct 21, 2008
I ate there on Sat. and had a great lunch and so did everyone at our table. There were five of us.
understand

Pittsburgh, PA

#19 Oct 26, 2008
The Blue Ribbon is a workin progess.Do you think that Rachels,the Iron Bridge....ect,started out the way they are now?I know that they were not.The owners are tryin to work something out with the local historical society for the decor,which would be great to see grove citys history up.As for the menu its coming give it time.it takes time to work out the kinks in a new kitchen let alone a new establishment.getting reliable help is always an issue also.As for the drunks,what did you think was going to happen at a watering hole?I have complete faith in them fixin that as soon as possible.any restaurant that serves booze has their fair share of drunks.point one out to me that doesnt and you will be a lier.they did open there doors too early but they had no choice.they have to make some money to spend some money.the smokin issue,well i dont have an answer for you.what i do know is that you cant blame the Blue Ribbon for other peoples habits.no matter what nobody can make everybody happy all the time.some people are going to whine no matter what anybody does.I imagine that their was plenty of people who voted against making Grove City a wet town so,of course their going to complain.In time things will get into sync.If you think you could do better than why didnt u try?Yes it could be voted out,but it was voted in,so what do you really thing the odds of it being voted out?
Unfortunate

Mercer, PA

#20 Oct 26, 2008
I agree, it takes time to make things right. Knowing both owners i know that they have put an inordinate amount of time into making this establishment ready for the public. Those of you who wish to not go there; there will be three people who will. You can take your business to Rachel's, The Bridge, Benjamins or Rudy's. Take from it what you will; if you don't like it, stay home; they won't miss your business.

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