Emmitt House
Tomorrow

Van Wert, OH

#61 Oct 10, 2009
The last one standing wrote:
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i heard that that place sux ass and no one knows how to run anything in this co ? god the entertainment is freakin lame man!!!
oh cool another cover band yeeeeeeeehawwww play some skynard!!! whoooo hoooo give me a break! this town sucks!!! to run a bar and resturaunt you have to have entertainment come from out of town muscains that are good and put on a concert not a boring ass cover band that is all that has played in this town since they founded it!!! come on people wake up....
Yes, I agree. Entertainment is the key to get business. People are not going to go out much without expecting entertainment.
The prices the bars charge for drinks and the profits they make off the drinks should well cover the price of entertainment without charging a cover to pay them.

Since: Sep 09

Columbus, OH

#62 Oct 11, 2009
There are three things that the Emmitt House needs to do to stay open and be successful.

1. Entertainment - I've always thought that a nice pianist or acoustic guitar would fit well for nightly entertainment.... Then on the weekends, open it up to local bands (agreeing with guy that said it should be more than cover bands). The Lewis Brothers play quite a bit in the Chillicothe area and are great for entertainment at bars.

2. Menu - Before there wasn't really much variety. The dishes were pretty standard and they relied heavily on nightly specials. If the menu was redone with some creativity and priced between Bob Evans and Dakotas, this would also improve.

3. Staff - They need a highly talented chef and a kitchen staff that produces quality food.

4. Catering - This is the one thing that they are more than capable of expanding and for whatever reason, didn't. They also have plenty of room to carry out big events with ease. There is a great need for quality catering in the greater southern ohio area and they could do really well.

As mentioned earlier in the post, I would LOVE to purchase the Emmitt, but I have no financing to be able to do so. I would even be okay with someone else owning, but let me run the show :)

We can all dream, right?

Since: Sep 09

Columbus, OH

#63 Oct 11, 2009
Oops... I meant to say four things... not three.
Vote NO Library

Van Wert, OH

#64 Oct 14, 2009
They should have asked Waverly to put it on a levy like the library, as they had a lot more business on any given day than the library ever did. They also had more to offer.

Since: Jul 07

Anytown, USA

#65 Oct 14, 2009
Vote NO Library wrote:
They should have asked Waverly to put it on a levy like the library, as they had a lot more business on any given day than the library ever did. They also had more to offer.
lol! I guarantee that if Baskin Robins were still in there, Bristol Village would've passed it too, ha.
Underrated

United States

#66 Nov 5, 2009
Ok, so everyone has been telling me that the Emmitt sold. I can't seem to find out if this is fact. Anyone have confirmation on this? I was also told it is a former employee. I had heard that a former employee was going to buy it right after it closed but had no funding. Just wondering now If that talk is recirculating or if it really sold.
Sixty Fathoms

AOL

#67 Nov 6, 2009
The sign still says For Sale , if it sold you would think they would remove that.
south74

Van Wert, OH

#68 Nov 8, 2009
that is the best thing i have ever heard.....hahha
Marmy3

United States

#69 Nov 8, 2009
Ok, so I heard a rumor this morning that the Emmitt House was sold and it's going to be turned into another Scioto Ribber - does anyone have confirmation on this?
Underrated

United States

#70 Nov 8, 2009
I also heard the scioto ribber. That would be great not having to drive down there!!! Don't think it's true though.
vw mom

Fostoria, OH

#71 Nov 9, 2009
wow i cant even see waverly without the emmitt house.thats got to be such a loss to ur community.we really miss living there but unfortuatly the economic situation has hit everywhere.n my community right now we have a 15% unempl rate.n now i understand brown sold and laid off.when i lived there brown and mills pride was the 2 main factories providing income.
Zeph

Columbus, OH

#72 Nov 13, 2009
I ate there 2 weeks before it closed,the food was nasty,and the server worse. Wasnt like all the wonderful stories I had heard. I blame the management/owners...afterall,t he restaurant was what it was noted for.

With the bar side,I dont believe the economy caused its demise,as the Grand Tavern and Moose are surviving. The times I was at the Emmit,they offered little or no entertainment.If I just wanted to drink,Id stay at home...cheaper and you dont have to worry about Waverly's finest at closing time,who circle the block like vultures over a carcass.

The bar in Portsmouth offered a bid,but was much less than the asking price. The Emmit turned it down. In reality,with what theyre asking for it,you would never turn a profit in Pike County...unless you turned it into a high end strip club,and the county commissioners would never let that happen.

So quit boo hooing and blaming the Moose,Grand Tavern,Dakota's,God,the tooth fairy...and anyone else you can think of. It was piss poor management that closed it. And for the owners to walk into the Grand Tavern and flip everyone off...you deserve what you got...insulting your ex-patrons when the failure was yours.

Nuff said.

Since: Aug 09

Waverly, OH

#73 Nov 13, 2009
Zeph, I don't think anyone didn't blame the owners--they certainly were the root of the problem. But, the new bars/restaurants opening were the final nail in the coffin.
former employee

Van Wert, OH

#74 Nov 16, 2009
it was a family owned business and they just couldnt afford it anymore they are wonderful people...yes it was mostly because of the economy...it was never about a health dept thing..it was a wonderful place and a blast to work around the wonderful people that were there..and another thing it was never about drugs there are drugs every where especially in this small town so to put that statement out there is a little ridiculous
Underrated

Ossining, NY

#75 Nov 22, 2009
Is glad someone is buying the Emmitt house!!
Marmy3

United States

#76 Nov 22, 2009
Would you care to share with the rest of the group?

Since: Aug 09

Waverly, OH

#77 Nov 23, 2009
Please do... I'm not hearing anything of this from people in the know.
Sixty Fathoms

AOL

#78 Nov 23, 2009
The sign still says For Sale
friend

United States

#79 Dec 7, 2009
i heard some people looked at it a long time back, but its still says for sale. A lot of history in that old building.
Tomorrow

Van Wert, OH

#80 Dec 7, 2009
Wonder if the smoking ban helped bury the Emmitt?
If the owners think it had anything to do with it, there will probably be a class action lawsuit against the state as they put it on the ballot illegally.

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