MST Pub receives 2021 Outstanding Business Award

Winners named during TSEP Annual Meeting

Nevin Martin (left), TSEP Executive Board Member and chair of TSEP’s Downtown Development Board, presents the Outstanding Business Award to Chris Chase, Owner of MST Pub.

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 15, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is proud to have named MST Pub as a 2021 Outstanding Business Award winner during the 2021 Annual Meeting June 3, 2021.

Owner Chris Chase started working at MST Pub, then Madison Street Tavern, in 2004 when he was getting his Master’s Degree at Tiffin University.

“What I found was just a really great community, and that’s basically why I chose to stay,” he said.

A year after he started working there, he became a manager and then purchased the business in 2009.

One of Chase’s goals was to take the business from a college bar to a full-service restaurant. Since he took ownership, Chase has invested in updating the busienss’s interior and exterior, including adding permanent tables, and creating a whole different atmosphere.

“It was really a matter of trying to clean it up and give Tiffin something that I think they needed, which is a different eating option, which is how I progressed to it being a restaurant from just a bar,” Chase said.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MST was forced to close for a few weeks, but quickly pivoted to carry-out and curb-side pick-up.

“The community really supported us, in buying gift cards and showing us a lot of love with the to-go food. My staff was great, making the transition seamlessly,” Chase said. “Taking phone calls, running food out to the curb, making sure we’re sanitizing everything. It was very difficult in the beginning, but I think we transitioned well, and without the love from the community and all the support we got from them, it wouldn’t be as good for us.”

MST has a tradition of supporting the community, by providing food and gift cards for the high schools and local sports teams when asked. Chase was especially proud to have supported the Front Line Proud initiative by selling T-shirts at the restaurant, as well as making donations so that the group could provide lunches for hospital staff and other front-line workers during the pandemic. The mission of that group is to generate funds to recognize and support frontline workers while promoting unity and supporting our essential workforce through diverse and distinct actions.

“We don’t say ‘No’ too often. If we can help somebody out, we definitely try,” Chase said.

Chase thanked his family, his wife and their two children for supporting him and his staff, and the community for helping to make the business a success.

“That’s why we do all this, for the community. We really appreciate all the support they’ve given us through the years,” Chase said.

To view video of the award winner, click here. MST Pub is at 92 Madison St. For more information, visit or call (419) 448-9670.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at

Recap – first Downtown Historic Bar Tour a success


The downtown Tiffin revitalization efforts have been hard at work helping to enhance the great events that downtown Tiffin has offered in the last few years and starting some others. One of the new ones this year is expected to take place every year – the Downtown Historic Bar Tour.

Starting at the Clover Club, participants made their way through downtown Tiffin on South Washington Street, stopping at eight unique Tiffin bars. At the beginning of the tour, participants received a booklet with historical information about the bars and bar owners gave a brief history of their establishment at each stop. Kudos to tour host Seneca County Young Professionals for a great event.

Here is the complete list of bars visited on the tour:

  • Clover Club: Opened in 1936, the Clover Club features an antique art-deco bar, white tablecloth dining area and landscaped patio garden, not to mention 18 taps and a stock of 50 different beers.
  • GW’s Fine Food & Spirits: GW’s opened in May 2010 and caters to not only the bar crowd but also the after-bar crowd with food service and late hours on the weekends. This bar features two dining areas and a large patio with seating.
  • DP’s: Don Paull has owned DP’s since 1972, and it was one of the last ‘stag’ bars in Tiffin. DP’s has a nautical theme and a unique layout with four different levels and a patio area closed in by the building’s walls.
  • MST Pub and Grub: MST is made up of three separate buildings, all of which served a variety of different purposes over the last 100 years. The current bar was established in October 2009.
  • Reino’s Party Room (lunch): Reino’s Pizza and Pasta was established in 1950 and has always served beer and wine along with Italian food. Its current location on West Market Street was once the National Theater, among other businesses.
  • Bear’s Den:The Bear’s Den has been a bar or tavern since the early 1950’s. Dennis Wickert bought Izola’s Tavern in 1974, later changed the name to Bear’s Den and has been running the bar with his wife, Gwynn, since 1986. Bear’s Den often hosts live music on Saturdays.
  • Phat Cakes & Cafe: Phat Cakes was founded in 2009 and opened the store on Washington Street, which started out as The Sandwich Shop in the mid-1930s and was later Reino’s, in 2012. They offer a full menu, including desserts, sandwiches, wraps and salads, along with alcohol.
  • Viaduct Bar & Grill: The Viaduct started out as a bar in late 1800s. It has had many names since, but it has been the Viaduct since 2010. The bar often hosts live music on the weekends, and boasts a unique outdoor patio with seating and a pond.
  • McGowan’s Tavern: This building once housed “the largest movie theater on the West side of the river.” For many years it was an “Arcade” under several different owners before becoming McGowan’s Tavern in the mid-1960s.

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