#ISpyDowntown – Nourishment



Constructed between 1906 and 1908 the Secor Hotel served as Toledo’s premier hotel for over 60 years. Designed by architect Charles Nordhoff, the Secor Hotel featured 400 rooms, a dining room and a substantial ballroom with servant’s quarters on the 10th floor. Renovated in 1935, the hotel remained open until 1969 when the owners sought, without success, to convert it into 130-140 efficiency apartments.

In 1971 Ohio Bell renovated the lower three stories for their bill paying center. By 1985 Bell occupied 6 floors with the remainder of the building containing professional offices and apartments. Bell relocated their operations in 1992 and the building became largely vacant. After sitting vacant for nearly 10 years the Secor Building was purchased in 1999. Since then the current building owner is meticulously renovating floor by floor. Current tenants include Horizon Science Academy and Toledo Opera. In 2007 further renovations were undertaken to accommodate the Secor Gallery and Gallery on 6 as well as artist’s lofts and professional suites.


Registry Bistro is now set in the bottom floor of this historic building. The dining room overlooks Superior St. and is in the heart of the entertainment district. The restaurant seats 128 people and takes on a contemporary yet timeless feel. The cuisine is modern eclectic.

Registry boasts a rather large bar that accommodates guests who prefer just a cocktail and an appetizer instead of sitting down for a full meal. The bar has hand selections of boutique wines, and unique seasonal selections for other cocktails along with everyones favorite old standbys.

Registry focuses on small plates at reasonable prices that are comfortable to share with the whole table. The Registry Bistro offers a high quality fine dining experience minus the formality.



#ISpyDowntown – Fresh Foods

The Toledo Farmers’ Market has had a long and storied history in Downtown Toledo, providing the community a wide variety of fresh produce (and other items) and serving as the centerpiece of the downtown marketplace. According to the Market’s own history, it was established in 1832 in the area of Monroe, Superior and Washington Streets (where Fifth Third Field is now), offering fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs and live poultry and conveniently located on a street car line.

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 1.37.49 PM  The outdoor Market reopened in 1917 on Spielbusch Avenue at Orange and Ontario Streets (where the City of Toledo police parking is now located). The new area featured more permanent structures and a roof. In 1928 the Market moved to its Erie Street location, and the area became popular for wholesale and other sales with more than 200 vendors on the grounds and adjacent businesses. In the 1990s the Farmers’ Market Association of Toledo was established, and took over the Market’s operation. The Market also received federal grants that helped in the construction of permanent structures, a bridge over Swan Creek and other improvements.

The Market today features one completely enclosed structure that allows it to be open year-round. Its Saturday offerings include vegetables and fruits of all types, locally produced foods and other items, flowers (including the annual Flower Day in the spring) and other surprises!

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#ISpyDowntown – Gastropub

Ye Old Durty Bird is known as Downtown Toledo’s gastropub. Their menu features everything from sandwiches to salads, burgers, soups and a wide variety of alcoholic beverages. They feature happy hour Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. with draft beer and frozen drink specials.

Together the owners of Durty Bird, Linda and Julie, have 30+ years in the hospitality business and are self-proclaimed lovers of food and drink. They were born and raised in Toledo, have traveled to many fascinating places, but were drawn back to their roots.

The building was originally built in 1867 as the Grand Hotel, one of several Warehouse District businesses to serve the ships docking in the nearby port. This building, and many others in the District, were constructed in the Italianate style, and survived through the Great Depression and prohibition.

To learn more about specials and events happening at Ye Old Durty Bird and to take a look at their extensive menu visit http://yeoldedurtybird.com/.

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When Ye Old Durty Bird was the Grand Hotel.

When Ye Old Durty Bird was the Grand Hotel.

#ISpyDowntown – Authentic Irish!

Built in 1912, the Blarney has seen many businesses including a grocery store, a barbershop and most recently Gilbert Mail Service that opened in 1924 and closed not long before the building was purchased by current owner Ed Beczynski.

Upon purchasing the building, then split into three units (601-603-605), Beczynski knew he needed to break through walls to make the space more open and conducive to a restaurant. It wasn’t until the workers started breaking through the walls that he discovered the brick arches that currently go through the bar. Blarney was the first restaurant on the corner of Huron and Monroe Street – and one of a few dining establishments in the downtown area at the time.

Many of the furnishings, and certainly the look of the Blarney, were the result of trips Beczynski took to Ireland. His own photo is hanging on the wall of the restaurant – he was photographed at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. That’s the correct bonus point answer for #ISpyDowntown!

See the great food, beverage and entertainment options of the Blarney by visiting www.theblarneyirishpub.com.

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#ISpyDowntown – Downtown Dining

Pam Weirauch and Steve Moss are the friendly and familiar faces behind Pam’s Corner, tucked away in the Davis Building on 10th Street (between Monroe and Jefferson Streets. The popular restaurant began as a key tenant in the Erie Street Market, and left with the remaining vendors in 2006. Today Pam’s Corner is best known for its varied selections of salads, soups and sandwiches, freshly made of local ingredients. The Corner is also home to a busy and successful catering business, and Pam’s also hosts regular cooking classes (even one for men only).

Pam’s Corner occupies a cozy corner of the busy Davis Building, which faces the corner of Jefferson and Michigan. The building offers 30,000 sq. ft. of retail space on the first floor alone, with other commercial space on its 2nd and 3rd floors. In addition to Pam’s Corner, the Davis Building is home to the Sophia Lustig Shop, Sophie’s Sister, Salon Onyx, WS Solutions Ltd., It’s Yoga Toledo, Erie Ink, The Wick Candle Store, Shineology and The Gallery at The Davis Building. It’s also popular with artists, photographers and other professional services organizations.

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#ISpyDowntown – Beer in Toledo

Toledo’s first brewery opened in 1838 – Buckeye Beer! Although it wasn’t located “technically” in Downtown Toledo (at the corner of Front and Consaul and then on Michigan Street north of Downtown), it has remained a beloved local brew that no one could duplicate.


Other local breweries – Toledo Brewing and Malting, founded in 1857 and becoming Huebner-Toledo Breweries in 1896, and Finlay Brewing, founded in 1853 – weren’t able to ride out Prohibition in the 1900s. But Buckeye Beer did, producing soft drinks until they could move back to brewing. In 1966, Buckeye was purchased by Peter Hand Brewing, Chicago, and eventually added to the Miller Brewing Company of Milwaukee. Beer production was moved from Toledo to Milwaukee in 1972, and the local plant closed that summer (the buildings were demolished in 1974).

In the mid-1990s, Maumee Bay Brewing Company purchased the rights to use the Buckeye Beer label, and perfected the beer recipe. Today it’s part of Maumee Bay’s broad selection of craft brews.  BeerMaumee

Maumee Bay, established in 1995, operates in the Historic Oliver House (the oldest working commercial building in Toledo) and creates ales, lagers, porters and stouts. Seven beers are always on tap, and the beer is available in many locations around the region. In addition, local bread company Proof 419 creates a series of bread recipes that are based around selections of Maumee Bay beers.

The other downtown brewery is Black Cloister Brewing Co., which has renovated the Hannon’s Block building at the corner of Monroe and Erie Sts. The Rev. Tom Schaeffer, founder and pastor of Threshold Church in Rossford, is the mastermind of the project, which opened in 2014.

Great Black Swamp Brewing, a new spot on Monroe Street west of Detroit, produces a variety of ales, stouts, pale ales and even a red. Their selections are available throughout the region.

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Coffee Shops

Biggby Coffee

420 Madison Ave.



Quaint coffee shop serving Biggby Coffee, light breakfast & lunch choices.  Wi-Fi.


Downtown Latte

44 S. St. Clair St.



Locally-owned coffee shop, serving fair-trade coffee, light breakfast & lunch menu located in the Warehouse District in St. Clair Village.


Flying Rhino Coffee & Chocolate

436 13th St.



Locally owned.  Serving handmade truffles, espresso and fresh roasted coffees, and more.


Bleak House Coffee

612 Adams Street, Toledo, OH 43604

(419) 740-1125

Locally owned. Serving pour-over coffees and teas, and many other local treasures.


Glass Pavilion Coffee Bar

Toledo Museum of Art

2445 Monroe St.

419-255-8000, x7822


Signature coffees, teas, beer, wine, soda, homemade pastries and light dinner fare.


Downtown Variety

603 Adams St.


Convenience store.


Focaccia’s Market

1 SeaGate Plaza, Level 104


Convenience store serving Starbuck’s coffee.


Madison Market

901 Madison Ave.


Convenience Store.


13th Floor Cafeteria

One Government Center


Open 7:30 am – 2:30 pm for serving breakfast and lunch.


Big C’s Barbeque

316 N. Michigan St.


Open for breakfast and lunch, this diner serves breakfast and smoked bar-b-que.


Blarney Irish Pub & Blarney Bullpen

601 Monroe St.



Enjoy Irish and American Fare, happy hour specials and live entertainment.


Cafe Focaccia’s

811 Madison Ave.


Located in the Hylant Building.  Open from 7 am till 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Serving homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and specials daily.  Also, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Espresso/Cappuccinos.


Central Hotdog

626 Front St.

Front & Main


Homemade soups, chili dogs, cheeseburgers, great breakfasts and more.  Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


City Grill

421 Huron St.


A deli feel, and has a small market too!

Discount for Government employees.


Coney Island Hot Dog

430 N. Superior St.


Coney Island grilled hot dogs, hamburger, Greek Salads, gyros & more… sure to please!


del Sol Restaurant & Aqua Bar

Grand Plaza Hotel

444 N. Summit St.



Watch the river as you have a drink at the Aqua, or dine deliciously with a view.


Eddy B’s Library Café

Toledo-Lucas County Library

325 N. Michigan Ave.


Delicious selection of sandwiches, salads and homemade soups.


El Vaquero

The Docks

24 Main St.



Authentic Mexican food from freshest meats & seafood to colorful vegetables & unique spices and sauces, each dish is an experience.


Focaccia’s Delicatessen

333 N. Summit St.



Popular deli brings a NY deli feel to downtown, located in HCR ManorCare building.


Forrester’s on the River

The Docks

30 Main St.

Steakhouse-style dining restaurant with a laid back, but also classy feel.


Fricker’s @ the Field

19 N. St. Clair St.



Wings and burgers, with a view of Fifth Third Field and lots of TVs for the games.


Georgio’s Café International

426 N. Superior St.



Quiet and posh, café is known for fresh seafood and expertly prepared International cuisine located next to the Valentine Theatre.


Glass City Café

1107 Jackson St.



Enjoy great sandwiches, sides and soups.  Bluegrass on select Saturdays with breakfast.


Grumpy’s Deli

34 S. Huron St.



Big sandwiches at lunchtime won’t have you leaving Grumpy.


Home Slice Pizza

28 S. St. Clair St.


Serving homemade pizza, cold beer and calzones.  Located in the Warehouse District.


ICE Restaurant and Bar

405 Madison Ave.



Affordable breakfast, lunch and dinners in PNC Bank building.  Live entertainment.


Jimmy John’s

405 Adams St.



Delicious subs and sandwiches.  Open for lunch: dine in, carry out or call-in for downtown delivery.  “Subs so fast you’ll freak!”


Lazeez Restaurant

337 N. St. Clair



We offer a wide variety of Lebanese food.  Everything is homemade and cooked fresh to order.  We also deliver to local businesses in downtown Toledo.  Like us on Facebook at Lazeez Restaurant.


Le Pam Pam Pizza & Subs

901 Madison Ave.


This pizza shop is located across from the Main Library branch, in the Madison Market.

Mad Mike’s Restaurant & Lounge

Located in Park Inn Hotel.

101 N. Summit St.



Casual dining and sports bar.

Magic Wok

601 Adams St.



New generation Asian cuisine open for lunch.


Manhattan’s Restaurant

1516 Adams St.



Classic Italian and American cuisine in a New York bistro style.  Live jazz and blues nightly.


Manos Greek Restaurant

1701 Adams St.



Greek cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere at moderate prices, located in UpTown District.


Maumee Bay Brew Pub

27 Broadway St.



Wood-fired pizza and hand-crafted beer.


Michael’s Bar & Grill

901 Monroe St.


Family owned and operated restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Meeting rooms.


Michael’s Café & Bakery

Historic Weber Building

101 Front St.



Enjoy made from scratch bakery items and lunchtime/anytime.  Catering also available.


Museum Café

Toledo Museum of Art

 2445 Monroe St.



Offering signature sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts.



The Oliver House

27 Broadway St.



Toledo’s own Buckeye Brew, woodfired pizza and burgers.  Live Entertainment.


PJ’s Deli

500 Madison Ave.



Delicious sandwiches, pretzel buns, soups, salads and more.  Adjacent to Huntington Center’s Courtyard.


Packo’s at the Park

7 S. Superior St.



Authentic Hungarian menu with world-famous dogs, across from Fifth Third Field.


Pam’s Corner

116 10th St.



Brightly colored restaurant serving lunch in the Davis Building.  Breakfast on Saturdays.


Petit Fours Patisserie & Café

The Oliver House

27 Broadway St.



A patisserie serving pastries, desserts, great lunch menu, specialty coffees and cakes.


PizzaPapalis Taverna

519 Monroe St.



Authentic Chicago-style and thin crust pizza and more.  Live entertainment Thurs.-Sat.


Ranya’s Mediterranean

608 Adams St.


Delicious Mediterranean meals served for lunch at this little spot on Adams Street.


Real Seafood Co.

The Docks

22 Main St.



Great seafood, seven days-a-week for lunch and dinner.  Features piano music Wednesday- Saturday evenings.


Registry Bistro

Historic Secor Building

144 N. Superior



Casual elegant dining offering a seasonally changing menu featuring contemporary American bistro cuisine.


Rockwell’s Restaurant & Lounge

The Oliver House

27 Broadway St.



Fine dining on the 2nd floor of Oliver House serving prime beef, seafood and desserts.


Roman’s Deli & Hot Corned Beef Shop

526 Jackson St.


Tiny sandwich shop, known for huge sandwiches.


Spaghetti Warehouse

42 S. Superior St.



Family-friendly restaurant boasts a large menu of Italian and American favorites.



401 N. Superior St.



Sub shop is located across from Valentine Theatre near the central business district.


Table Forty-4

610 Monroe St.



Located across from Fifth Third Field, offering the finest quality foods, excellent service and a comfortable, casual atmosphere at affordable prices.


Toledo Art & Food Italian Restaurant

332 N. Erie St.


Located on Erie Street between Madison and Adams. Toledo Art & Food Italian Restaurant features authentic Italian sit-down dining, with Italian breakfast served all day, as well as lunch and early dinners and a beautiful complement of desserts. Open Monday through Friday from 6 am to 6 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. Daily deliveries downtown.

Toledo’s MainStreet Bar & Grill

141 Main St.



Homemade pizza, subs and grinders.  Live music, open 7 days.


Tom’s BBQ & Grille

702 Front St.


Specializing in award winning hickorysmoked ribs and fresh squeezed lemonade.


Tony Packo’s Café

1902 Front St.



World famous Tony Packo’s Café made famous by Toledo’s own, actor Jamie Farr of M*A*S*H.  Hungarian hot dogs, fried pickles and more Hungarian specialties. Celebrity signed hot dog buns line the café walls. Gift shop.  Dine-in or carry-out.


Triple A Café

One SeaGate


Cafeteria located in lower level of One SeaGate.


Wesley’s Bar & Grill

1201 Adams St.



Unique gathering place serving 100 beer choices, in the heart of the UpTown District.


Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull

9 N. Huron


Open 7 days.  11 am to 2 am.  Great food, full bar, outside patio and live music.  34 beers on tap.


Ye Olde Durty Bird

2 S. St. Clair St.




Zia’s Italian Restaurant

The Docks

20 Main St.



Generous pasta dishes, home-style Italian meats, chicken, fish and fabulous pizzas.  Open for dinner.  Group lunch by reservations only.

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