Outstanding Business Award

Buffalo Wild Wings receives 2021 Outstanding Business Award

Winners named during TSEP Annual Meeting

Dr. Lillian Schumacher (center), TSEP Vice Chair and President of Tiffin University, presents Mike and Lori Mastro, owners of Tiffin Buffalo Wild Wings, with the Outstanding Business Award at the June 3, 2021, Annual Meeting.

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 18, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is proud to have named Buffalo Wild Wings as a 2021 Outstanding Business Award winner during the 2021 Annual Meeting June 3, 2021.

Mike and Lori Mastro of The Mastro Group, started looking at Tiffin in 2008 and 2009 as a potential location for a Buffalo Wild Wings franchise.

“I’m from this area and knew it, and thought with the colleges, it would be great idea to look at this town,” said Lori, regional manager for Buffalo Wild Wings.

In 2014, it was announced that the Mastro Group had received approval from BW3 corporate to move forward on development of a new store in Tiffin. After consideration of various site options, construction began in early 2016 at 100 S. Shaffer Park Drive.

“We’ve never done a stand-alone unit like this one. This is a unique store. We walk in here, and it’s like being at home. And we hope that people feel that same way when they come in here,” said Mike, President & CEO of The Mastro Group.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mastros made it a point to keep the business operational and keep staff paid.

“I think you’ve seen a lot of restaurants that totally shut down. The thing about this restaurant, and Lori did this, she said, ‘We’re not shutting Tiffin down, we’re not going to close that for one second. We’re going to shift to carry-out and we’re going to do everything we can to keep that thing banging on all eight cylindars,’” Mike said.

“We just wanted to keep as many people employed during this as we could. The community stayed loyal with the takeout and really helped us,” Lori said. “If it wasn’t for our guests, we probably wouldn’t still be here.”

“We survived it, and actually, I think, we’re a much stronger, more humble company than we’ve ever been,” Mike said.

The Mastros said they have a lot of love for the Tiffin community and this particular store.

“I couldn’t do this without (Mike), and I couldn’t do this without the team and I couldn’t do this without the community,” Lori said.

One of the things they most enjoy is being able to support the community, through fundraisers, such as the Eat Wings, Raise Funds program, which donates a portion of ticket sales to community groups, and Monday Night Sports Talk, a partnership with WTTF that has allowed BW3 to give about $50,000 to area high school sports programs over the past few years.

Mike and Lori thanked their staff and the customers who have supported BW3 to make it a success in Tiffin.

“We truly appreciate every single one of you in making this a success, not only for Tiffin and Seneca County, but for our entire staff,” Mike said.

To view video of the award winner, click here. Buffalo Wild Wings is at 100 S. Shaffer Park Drive. For more information, visit www.buffalowildwings.com or call (419) 937-9464 to reach the Tiffin store..

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 www.tiffinseneca.org.

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 www.mstpubtiffin.com 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 www.tiffinseneca.org.

Fort Ball Pizza Palace recognized as Outstanding Business at TSEP award ceremony

Larry Elchert (from left) and Eric Elchert, co-owners of Fort Ball Pizza Palace, pose for a picture with Weston Reinbolt, member of the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Executive Committee, during the 2020 Annual Meeting Feb. 27.

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 12, 2020 – Founded in 1978 by Larry Elchert and Bob Gahris, Fort Ball Pizza Palace has been a local favorite in Tiffin for many years, and that is just part of the reason it has been recognized by Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership with the Outstanding Business Award at its 2020 Annual Meeting.

Today, Fort Ball Pizza Palace is co-owned and operated by Larry Elchert and Eric Elchert, with two locations in Tiffin at 91 N. Washington St. and 111 Melmore St. The main branch is located in the Fort Ball area, which is where the name originated from.

Larry said it was a Wednesday afternoon when they first opened their doors 42 years ago, and he looks fondly back at that time.

“The reason I’ve stuck with it so long is that I enjoy people, I enjoy my health, I come down here everyday and it’s always good for a laugh or two,” Larry said. “I would like to continue going as long as I can. I’m coming up on 42 years, I’d like to do another 30. To me, it keeps me young.”

Eric later joined the business.

“When I started at Fort Ball Pizza Palace, I was just in high school, started doing dishes and pans and whatever else needed to be done around the store, eventually got promoted to cook, and then manager, and just keep working and working, and back in 2009, I became co-owner of Fort Ball,” Eric said.

Fort Ball Pizza uses hand-rolled, scratch made pizza dough, homemade sauce and feature are famous for their Italian smorgasbord at the North Washington Street location.

The business is active in the community, sponsoring many events and school functions and donates food and gift cards for Tiffin-Seneca United Way, area sports and events including Pizza Palooza in Downtown Tiffin.

For more information, visit http://fortballpizzapalace.com.

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 www.tiffinseneca.org.

2018 SIEDC Award winners

SIEDC AwardThe SIEDC Awards are presented each year at the SIEDC Annual Meeting to recognize businesses and individuals in the Tiffin and Seneca County community. Not every award is given each year, only when the Membership & Events Committee and/or the president or chairperson deem a company or individual deserving of the particular recognition.

This year, the following seven awards were presented. Click the links below for additional information and a video about each award winner.