Ottawa County’s brain gain: The Clinton House Featured


Oak Harbor residents Jon and Carolyn Rodenhauser have reopened 106 West Perry Street, Port Clinton, as the Clinton House once again. The Clinton House, which used to be the old location of The Beacon, had a soft opening this past weekend and is planning to open full time in two weeks with a full kitchen and liquor license.

“We saw the revitalization efforts, saw the support of the Chamber and Main Street and our real estate agent was awesome. This seemed to be the right fit for us,” said co-owner Carolyn Rodenhauser. “I have always thought this was a beautiful building; old tin ceilings, stained glass windows and beautiful brick. I really feel that it is inviting to everyone.”

Not only are the Rodenhausers contributing to the business aspect of Port Clinton, but Jon Rodenhauser had a big hand in contributing to the new aesthetics of the building. Jon re-purposed the wood floors in the building, knocked down walls, worked on the brick, helped with the woodworking and repainted the building. There are also four apartments located in the upstairs that will be receiving updated renovations soon.

The Clinton House will offer reasonable food prices; fresh food with a base menu that will feature different things for certain events. The business is aimed at being an event center and not just an eatery.

“Right now we have an art gallery event scheduled for early August with David Kyle, a professional sports and landscape photographer,” said Carolyn. “We also have wedding receptions scheduled, Christmas parties and a potential bridal shower.”

In the fall the Rodenhausers plan to host sporting parties where patrons can watch games on the 130 inch projector screen. Right now, the Clinton House will be open during weekends and special events until a schedule is finalized with the chef.

“We see the opportunity in the community. We both grew up coming here. I think the community is on the right track and I really feel like that hasn't always been the case, but it is now,” said Carolyn. “I don’t view other restaurants as competition, I think it’s a positive. There is a lot of collaboration with other downtown businesses here, it makes the atmosphere very welcoming. Positive improvements make a positive community.”

For more information on the Clinton House, or to inquire about booking an event or playing a musical spot, contact Carolyn at 419-656-9487.

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