Put-in-Bay Restaurants have always been trendsetters early on. The Beebe House and the famous Victory Hotel boasted dining rooms seating over 500 people. In early Put-in-Bay History, steamships would bring visitors to Put-in-Bay by the thousands to enjoy the resort island.
Over the years most of the original Put-in-Bay Restaurants such as the Colonial were destroyed by fire or converted to another use. Ironically most of the restaurants at Put-in-Bay today began their life as something else!
The current location of Mossbacks Restaurant was once the Put-in-Bay Hardware Store. The Old Forge began it’s life as a blacksmiths shop and then for many years was a gift shop. The Put-in-Bay Brewery once was home to the Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department.
Along Delaware Avenue, the Frosty Bar was once a dry goods store and the T&J’s Smokehouse was a hotel and then known as The Crescent Restaurant operated for many years by the Stoiber Family, The Goat was once a winery and then operated as Daily’s Tavern by the family of legendary Pat Daily, a popular Put-in-Bay Entertainer for many years.
The wide diversity of food offered at Put-in-Bay Restaurants has evolved over the years and present-day offers just about every popular food one would desire. The General rule of thumb for dress is resort casual. Many of the local restaurants rely on seasonal workers to help staff and care for the large crowds that vacation at Put-in-Bay each season.
Restaurants at Put-in-Bay face unique challenges in their operation in that all products must be brought to the island by ferry boat. Aside from the added expense of transportation, careful planning of inventory levels is critical. Running out of an item is not an option when restocking means a lengthy and expensive trip to the mainland!