Benchwarmers Restaurant and Delivery now open

20161223_141602Tiffin’s newest restaurant is celebrating their grand opening this week! First-time business owners Brandyn Banks-Sherer and Jason Miller have opened Benchwarmers, located at 105 Allen St. (formerly Megan’s Alpine), a restaurant serving traditional American food for dine-in, carry-out or delivery.

Banks-Sherer and Miller met working together at a restaurant, and decided that they would like to build a new restaurant together. “I’ve never worked with anyone like Jason,” Banks-Sherer said. “He’s very motivated.” Miller agreed: “We gelled really well together and we were both ready to work for ourselves.”

Plans for the new venture started taking shape in February 2016, and the partners put together a complete business plan over the next couple months. They found a location and building renovations began in summer. Banks-Sherer and Miller decided on a theme for “the sports lover who didn’t play sports.” The interior features the benches from the old Carey school, so that patrons can “ride the pine,” as well as local sports memorabilia. “There are no pro-sports teams’ jerseys or anything like that,” Banks-Sherer said. “It’s about Tiffin.”

The menu features burgers (including their signature, “The Benchwarmer”), sandwiches, wings, and fresh fries. They have also decided to keep on a favorite menu item from the Alpine: the breaded cutlet sandwich, affectionately named “The Alpine.” The best part is, all of the menu items are available for delivery, even late at night.

The opening hours are Sunday – Thursday 11:00AM – 12:30AM and Friday and Saturday 11:00AM – 1:30AM with delivery until close, dining room open until 10:00PM, and late hours for sporting events.

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How to start a food business in Tiffin

Phat CakesWith the influx of new businesses in Tiffin, many of which are food related, we would like to provide information on starting that process. This is a guide describing the steps to opening your food business. This process is required for starting a new food or beverage establishment, a remodeled or altered establishment, when there is a change of ownership or when an establishment has been closed for more than a year.

1. How to Begin: In the Guide to Starting a Food Business you will find a complete description of the process, time frame, fee schedule, additional permit contacts, required equipment and a final inspection checklist. The packet also contains a Review Application which must be completed by the business owner.

2. Submission: To obtain your license, you must submit a set of plans, the completed application and plan review fees to the Seneca County General Health District (SCGHD), which has 30 days to review those items. When plans are approved, the owner must contact the SCGHD to set up a pre-licensing inspection.

3. Pre-licensing Inspection: This inspection will take place after all equipment is in place, cleaning is done and all required inspections are completed by the building, plumbing, electrical and fire agencies.

Please see the Program Guidelines for all of the rules and regulations and/or contact Nicki Rumaschlag with the SCGHD at 419.447.3691 ext. 348 with any questions you may have.

Sabaidee Coffee House

Meet Delana Ball, the owner and founder of Sabaidee Coffee House, located at 45 S. Sandusky Street, right across from Tiffin University. Sabaidee Coffee House offers a variety of cold and hot brew drinks with over 50 flavors and a great atmosphere. Delana says she loves the students and the community, and that her favorite part about the business is making people feel welcome. “I’m passionate about people away from home, I know what that’s like.”

Sabaidee Coffee is now offering fresh crepes to help curb your hunger as you enjoy your coffee.

From apple pie to chicken bacon ranch, these sweet and savory choices are sure to delight even the pickiest. Along with the signature 10 choices, customers can also make their own creation, by adding a variety of extras or creating something entirely new. Made fresh, these crepes are served in house, and are available to-go.

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Domino’s coming to Tiffin

National chain to open new location in October

Domino'sTIFFIN, OHIO – July 15, 2015 – Regional Domino’s franchise owners Brian and Jennifer Edler announced today that they are bringing the second largest pizza chain in the world back to Tiffin. The store is set to open in October at 240 West Market Street.

Jennifer said they chose to open a Tiffin location because they often visit the town and believe it has great potential. “We go through Tiffin a lot visiting family in Willard, and Brian managed a Domino’s store in Tiffin about 20 years ago. We know the town pretty well,” she said.

“I am happy to welcome a new restaurant to Tiffin and have a strong national brand alongside our locally owned businesses, creating more options for the community,” Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said.

Though the opening is weeks away, they are currently hiring employees for the Tiffin location to be trained at other locations, in order to be ready for the opening. Jennifer said a store of this size usually requires about 20 employees.

Brian Edler is a notable Domino’s franchise owner, with 12 other stores. In 2012 Domino’s began selling the Parmesan Bread Bites he invented nationwide, and he was featured in a national ad campaign to promote the new item. He is the Midwest chapter representative of the Domino’s Franchise Association and in May of 2015 he won the International Franchise Association Gold Franny Award for operational excellence.

He broke the world record for most pizzas made, cooked and boxed in an hour, as part of an event that raised over $37,000 for local and national charities. “We are big believers in supporting all the communities in which we own and operate stores, and will do so when we open in Tiffin,” Brian said.

Founded in 1960, Domino’s is the second largest pizza chain in the United States and the largest worldwide, with 11,000 franchise and corporate stores in 70 countries.


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