Written by Ashley Gould
Sunday, 02 November 2008 10:50
What do the famous bar Cheers and the Limestone Tavern have in common? Many things, actually, from the laid-back owner to their cast of regulars, the folks at Limestone are proud to say they are quite similar to the immortalized TV bar.
“It’s one of those bars where you come in and everybody knows everybody,” owner Robert Lajti said.
Located off SR 590 in Oak Harbor, Limestone Tavern was taken over by Lajti the first of the year. It was a dream come true for him.
In the past nine months, he has made many changes. For starters, a fresh coat of paint was in order. Then he added a new floor. After that, a good old spring-cleaning.
Though the building got a facelift, Lajti says he’s also proud of the tavern’s food, including the burgers and the chicken wings. He and his sisters, Odie and Joann, make sure their customers enjoy a home cooked meal every time they come, he said. Other items on their menu include onion rings, hot dogs, soup, chili and chicken tenders.
And in these economic times, customers will enjoy the price - a meal at his place can cost from $4 to $5. And draft beer is $1 and bottled is $1.75 unless it’s a race day or pro football day, then bottles are $1.50.
Lajti said he likes to keep his bar affordable so people keep coming back. And they do, he said.
“I have my die-hard regulars that are here like clockwork every day between four and seven,” he said. “I could have their beer sitting on the bar waiting for them at their seats.”
People sit around his horseshoe-shaped bar and talk about their days and whatever else is on their mind - it’s just that kind of atmosphere. Everyone is friendly and everyone talks to everyone, according to Lajti.
So what does the future hold for Limestone Tavern?
“Eventually I’m going to put up a fenced in area for horseshoes and that sort of thing, and I also want to put a smoking patio out back,” said Lajti, adding that though the smoking ban hasn’t put a damper on his business, he’d like to establish a comfortable place for his customers to go for their cigarette breaks.
And has the life of a bar owner been all it’s cracked up to be?
“I really enjoy it,” Lajti said. “It’s fun. It’s kinda like having a local watering hole.”