Local business owners and friends Mike Miller, Nino Iriti, and Jameson Botimer are breathing new life into a local hot spot. Located at 124 Buckeye Boulevard in Port Clinton at the former home of Nick’s Road House, Lock Dock and Barrel promises to cater to locals and to visitors. “We aim to take care of local customers where they will have a year-round place to go to have a good time, quality food and service and entertainment as well,” says Mike Miller.
Miller, Iriti and Botimer are seasoned local businessmen looking to revitalize a portion of downtown Port Clinton. Miller and Botimer own Waldo Peppers Bar & Grill in Port Clinton and Findlay and Iriti owns Nino’s Bar in Findlay. The three have been in the restaurant and bar business for eight years.
Lock Dock and Barrel has a gastro pub themed bar and restaurant in the front of the 12,000 square ft. building. Open every day at 11:30 a.m., the restaurant offers daily lunch specials featuring a salad and sandwich combo for $7. Menu items include a walleye B.L.T., fried okra and roast beef sliders with pickled onion (the kitchen makes their own in-house with cheese), and last but not least the half-pound gastro hot dog. Two pickle spears in length, this dog is worth checking out. Happy hour every day is from 4-7 p.m. and offers a variety of craft and specialty beers and a nice wine menu.
Along with food and drink, Lock Dock and Barrel offers a variety of entertainment. Miller says their aim is to “keep the music venue alive and bring it back to what it used to be”. With a sophisticated demographic in mind, a brand new lighting system and other new renovations, Lock Dock and Barrel will have a wide variety of music. “Friday patrons could see a country act, Saturday could be an 80s hair band and Sunday could be an acoustic set featuring a local artist,” Miller says. The focus will be on live bands and live entertainment. Cover charge for bands starts at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There are bands scheduled for every weekend; some acts are national acts, from California to Nashville, and some are local acts such as the Coco BeanOs, who are scheduled for August 2. There is also a rolling bike night scheduled for June 18, which will happen weekly.
There are four bars which at full capacity can seat up to 1000 people. There is ample parking with taxi and shuttle service available. Two patios are available for seating as well, one covered and one uncovered, where people can enjoy drinks or hear an acoustic act.
Miller says the name Lock Dock and Barrel is a play on words to appeal to the local lake demographic for the expression lock, stock, and barrel which translates to all, total or everything. “We’re the whole deal;” says Miller, “food, entertainment, and hospitality. We can’t be pegged as one thing.”
More information can be found at www.lockdockandbarrel.com.