LOUDONVILLE -- The Black Fork Bistro is expected to open next month, according to one of the restaurant owners, Dr. Dakota Zickefoose.
The long-anticipated restaurant will celebrate its grand opening at the former Hanover House Diner along Loudonville's Main Street on Saturday, April 18 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and other festivities.
The owners -- Zickefoose, his father Richard Zickefoose and an anonymous partner -- purchased the building in January 2019 and began renovations last March with intentions to open in Fall 2019. When permits and other processes took longer than expected, the opening was pushed to Spring 2020.
"There's been a lot of hoops and barriers to jump through. To be close, it's surreal," said Dakota Zickefoose. "It hasn't been easy. It's definitely been a learning experience, so to be here, it's surreal. I don't think there's another word for it."
The restaurant serve gourmet burgers, pizza, pasta, steaks and salads and offer specialty cocktails and craft beer to drink. Beers from the nearby Millersburg Brewing Company and The Phoenix Brewing Company of Mansfield will be served at the 153 West Main Street location. It will seat up to 71 people on the first floor and limited overflow seating will be available upstairs.
"Sustainability is the long-term focus. We just want to provide a sustainable restaurant and place of community for Loudonville," Zickefoose said.
He and his father were both born and raised in Loudonville. And now, he's raising his children in Loudonville, too.
He owns and operates Strive Health Chiropractor, located about two blocks away from the new restaurant, and his wife runs a boutique nearby, too. His family is also involved with Strive Fitness, also located on Main Street.
"We're very involved and invested in Main Street... And we want to stay involved and help the town be what we know it can be," Zickefoose said.
He wants the community to take pride in the new place. He highlighted how the restaurant was built with locally made materials, including wooden tabletops from Holmes County and local photography. Natural, locally-sourced ingredients will be used when the restaurant opens.
"I think local stories are important, and we wanted to tell the story of Mohican -- a story that is reflective of the characteristics of our area," Zickefoose said.
To learn more about Black Fork Bistro or to get the most updated information about its grand opening, follow its Facebook page.