Thursday, March 2, 2006
By LIN RICE
ThisWeek Staff Writer
The Old Bag of Nails Pub finally opened its doors in Westerville last week, and as opening weekends go, it provided management with the usual headaches and successes.
"I thought we did really well," said owner Mike Purdum. "Everyone I talk to here on the street thought it ran pretty smoothly.
"People seem to like the look," he said. "We're going for a homey, inviting atmosphere, not something cold and antiseptic."
Though machinery difficulties complicated things early on, Purdum said the staff worked through the problems.
"We send our food down from the kitchen by dumbwaiter, and it broke the very first night," he laughed. "The staff was running up and down the stairs all night carrying food."
Purdum said the dumbwaiter should be fixed by the end of the week.
Also scheduled to open in the next few weeks is the restaurant's reserved banquet hall area on the third floor, which will have its own restrooms and bar, with seating for 110.
Purdum said the fact that a patron can sit down and enjoy a beer at the Old Bag of Nails makes a difference. Voters in Precinct 1A in Westerville approved weekday and Sunday sales for the restaurant in November 2004; it was the first establishment in the traditionally "dry" city to obtain voter permission to sell alcohol.
"I've heard more comments from people saying, 'I can't believe it!' It'll take a little while to get used to," he said.
The pub is located at 24-26 N. State St., in the 150-year-old Weyant building.
New patrons said they weren't having any trouble getting used to the place.
"This is the first time I've been in here and it's really nice," said Tim Doup, of Westerville. "I've been to several other of the Bag of Nails Pubs, and I think the inside of this one is better."
Others liked the location.
"I work over at Otterbein College, and it's nice to be able to come uptown and go here for lunch," said Joe Loth, of Westerville.
The Old Bag of Nails Pub opens every day for lunch at 11 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 9 p.m. Sunday.