Gianno's closing

Gianno’s At The Inn To Close, Historic Building For Sale
Hurt by sagging sales and staggering operational costs, Gianno’s at The Inn is officially closing for business and its owners have placed the building at 301 River Rd. up for sale.
The restaurant will remain open for dinner over the next two Friday and Saturday nights and will serve Easter Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The last day of business for the restaurant will be Saturday, March 29.
Existing special events will take place at the facility throughout April and May, and new events may be booked for that time period.
Tom Verner, one of the three owners of the restaurant, said that he and his partners are actively seeking a buyer for the building, which will be sold to the highest bidder, with or without the restaurant equipment. They are accepting sealed bids and have the property listed with Signature Associates.
The disappointment is evident in the expressions and voices of Verner and Mike Sader, who along with Jeremy Skiles ran the restaurant for approximately 20 months following the purchase of Gianno’s Italian Bistro from former owner Greg Rufty and his partners.
“We want to thank the city and our customers for their support,” said Verner. “We just didn’t have enough business to make it work.”
Sader commended the city of Maumee and the Maumee Chamber of Commerce for their cooperation during his association with the restaurant.
“They have been great to work with,” he said.
The partners hinted that things might have been different if it weren’t for the huge burden of carrying the restaurant expenses and maintaining ownership of the property at the same time.
The men declined to speculate whether they would entertain the thought of keeping the restaurant going if they could find an investor for the building to help control their rent, utility and maintenance costs.
“Right now the restaurant is closed,” Verner stated firmly. “We have no plans to get back in. Our objective is to sell the building.”
The closing of the restaurant also means the end of Cohen & Cooke, the popular multi-course dining experience that was founded five years ago in Bowling Green, and later was moved to the Maumee location.
Sader said that a multi-course wine/dinner event will take place at The Inn on Tuesday, April 15 and will feature noted vintner Susan McCrea of Washington state. Reservations are being taken at $100 per person.
In the meantime, customers who would like to say farewell to the restaurant will have the next two Fridays and Saturdays to do so.
In addition to the full dinner menu in the dining area, the tavern will offer customers draft beers for $2.00 a glass and ribeye steaks for $12.00 each.
Reservations for the last two weekends of the restaurant, the Easter Sunday brunch or any of the special events may be made by calling (419) 893-8337.

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... what kept that sort of place going. Now I know. Nothing did ... nothing but the sands of an hourglass.

“The men declined to speculate whether they would entertain the thought of keeping the restaurant going if they could find an investor for the building to help control their rent, utility and maintenance costs.”

What the hell does THAT mean? Does an investor somehow qualify for a better electric rate?


That building has held so many damn restaurants, I couldn;t even begin to try to name them. They have all pretty much had that "Inn" word in there to designate 'class', I remember one variation years back made a big deal about being one of the first no-smoker restaurants in the area.....and closed anyway. I've been told by somebody that the building is literally falling apart and patched together.


"Oh, Bother!" Said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.


'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

I always enjoyed Linc's in when it was there. I only ate at the Gianno’s once at that location. It was ok at best...

Good Italian food is a commodity. There are a ton of good places around…

I once worked there when it was the Governors Inn. It was a great place to work. A lot of history and a story of a ghost lurking in the background. In the basement are still tunnels that were used for the "Underground Railroad" that led to the Maumee River. I can see though how nothing ever stays there. It is a large, old building and I'm sure it takes a lot to keep up with just the maintenance. Too bad!

Loved the place...the atmosphere and especially the food. The lamb was to die for. Excellent chefs. Oh well, just more evidence of the continued migration of business (and people) out of the Toledo metro area.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.-Ben Franklin

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