TIFFIN, OHIO – May 18, 2020 – As retail stores and restaurants begin to reopen following the lifting of stay-at-home orders from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services will be continuing its Weekly Local Business Forum for business owners to share and gain information. The meetings are at 10 a.m. Wednesdays and can be accessed via GoToMeeting or by dialing in on your phone.
Each week, our local Tiffin and Seneca County businesses can come together to discuss challenges they’re facing and ask questions of TSEP and Chamber staff and other businesses. The calls will sometimes also include guests such as Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer, a liaison from the Governor’s office and other authorities who can answer questions. The goal is to share information, provide resources and get feedback from local businesses.
For more information, look for “Weekly Local Business Forum (Tiffin/Seneca County)” on Facebook or email Audrey Flood, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership development manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://www.tiffinseneca.org.
Kiku Fusion Sushi and Steak House to open this summer
TIFFIN, OHIO – April 20, 2018 – Kiku Fusion Sushi and Steak House has announced plans to open a location in the Tiffin Mall this summer. The restaurant is to focus on dine-in and take-out sushi and hibachi Japanese cuisine.
Owner John Zhu chose Tiffin to expand his existing business due to the growing market. “The town is expanding, there are a lot of college students and young people. It’s a good time to have a business in Tiffin,” he said.
Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz welcomed the new restaurant. “We are excited that Kiku Fusion Sushi and Steak House chose Tiffin to locate their business. This is another step forward for the Tiffin Mall site, and we are eager to announce additional development on the site in the near future.”
Zhu’s restaurant Kiku Sushi and Hibachi is a cornerstone in the Monroe, MI community and has been recognized for its outstanding cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. The restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients. The Tiffin store will be the third restaurant for the owners.
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) 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.senecasuccess.com.
Improved, but not exactly new, the Berg Bistro 1850 has replaced the Fireside Cafe Pub on Heidelberg University’s campus. Located inside the University Commons, the Berg Bistro is part of the school’s new Parkhurst Dining options. The outdoor and indoor seating areas remain the same, keeping the same cozy, modern atmosphere with TV’s and a fireplace, but the restaurant revamped with an exciting new menu.
Artisanal sandwiches, salads, soups, and gourmet flat breads are made with quality ingredients and from-scratch preparation. Hand-spun milkshakes and Crimson Cup coffee are now offered, and for those that don’t have time to sit down an expanded coffee bar and pastries provides a quick and delicious option. The Berg Bistro accepts cash, credit, and student Berg Bucks, making it not only a great place for students to hang out, but a restaurant everyone can enjoy. Events such as the monthly Pints with Professors, the weekly Coach’s radio broadcast, and trivia nights will still be hosted.
AJ’s Heavenly Pizza has been a Tiffin staple since 1981. Owner John Hill recently invested significantly in his business, painting the exterior, implementing a new point of sale system in the Tiffin and Findlay stores, and installing a new oven and hood to decrease order turn around time.
“To help the business grow, you need to find the reason for lack of growth,” John said regarding the recent improvements. “The POS has made a huge difference and so have the ovens; everything is faster.”
John said the next frontier is franchising. He and his son-in-law, Joshua Elchert – owner of the Findlay store, have been working diligently to create franchise agreement documents and manuals in order to ensure that the quality of the product and service is the same across all locations. However, the secret recipes will remain a mystery, as franchisees will receive mix packets created at the Tiffin location, meaning everything from their signature jumbo pizza to the one-of-a-kind pepperoni rolls to the house salad dressing will taste the same.
At the age of 21, John and his business partner – a childhood friend who also worked in pizza shops and, like John, a born again Christian – came from Michigan and set out to open a store in Galion. After being turned down in Galion, the pair took a wrong turn on their way to Perrysburg and found the perfect location in Tiffin. After marrying, John and his wife moved to Oklahoma, where they lived for nine years and started two AJ’s locations. Missing the small town life, John and his family moved back to Tiffin. Today, AJ’s is a strong family business, with John’s four children, their spouses, and his five grandchildren lending a hand. For more history of AJ’s Heavenly Pizza, click here.
Jimmy John’s sandwich shop opened its doors at 2161 W. Market St. in Tiffin this morning. They are open everyday 11 a.m – 10 p.m., and features a drive-through window and delivery for their “freaky fast” subs.
Franchise Owner Aaron Taylor has two stores in Sandusky and one in Fremont, and said Tiffin was the ideal market for a new store. “With the population size, two universities and the hospital, Tiffin is the perfect location,” he said.
The shop is located in a two-unit development shared with an AT&T store, which will be coming soon. Customizing the Jimmy John’s store was a $350,000 project, and it is currently staffed by 30 employees and still accepting applications.
Check out their menu here and their catering options here.
Tiffin has seen a tremendous amount of growth in all sectors recently, however, the restaurant business has been particularly active over the past year. Several dining establishments have opened and several more have announced intentions to open within the next month. Not only do these stores represent more choices for Tiffinites, bringing the total number of food and drink establishments in Seneca County (listed here) to more than 80, combined, the projects listed below represent well over $6 million in investment and 200 new jobs created.Learn more about some of Tiffin’s newest additions:
Empire at 138 – The Empire at 138 is located in downtown Tiffin on South Washington Street near Madison Street, housed in a city block that was historically referred to as the “Empire Block.” In historic tradition, the restaurant owners have completely restored the interior and facade of the building, including an antique bar from another local establishment. The restaurant will be an upscale dining experience with traditional American fare made using as many local and seasonal ingredients as possible. The restaurant is a joint venture for several local business owners. Read more.
Jimmy John’s – The intention of opening a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop franchise in Tiffin was first brought to the public in October 2015. Work is progressing on the 1,500-square-foot space within a 3,750-square-foot building with a projected opening date in late-Summer or early-Fall. The shop will offer gourmet sandwiches made with natural, local ingredients and “freaky fast” delivery. Founded in 1983, the chain currently has more than 2,400 locations nationwide. Read more.
Chipotle Mexican Grill – One of the most asked-for restaurants by Tiffin residents, Chipotle announced intentions to locate in Tiffin in April 2016. The building housing the burrito chain is a $1.1 million investment including two retail spaces in addition to the Chipotle store, which should result in 40-70 new jobs. The restaurant is expected to open in early Fall. Established in 1993, Chipotle is a fast-casual dining chain focused on “Food with Integrity.” With more than 2,000 locations and 45,000 employees, Chipotle is a $4.5 billion restaurant enterprise specializing in Mission-style burritos made using high-quality, GMO-free, naturally grown and raised ingredients, and classic cooking techniques. Read more.
FroZone – FroZone is a build-your-own frozen yogurt shop opening in the Laird Arcade in downtown Tiffin in the late Summer of 2016. The store is locally owned by two young professionals. The shop will feature 12 yogurt choices and a topping bar. Customers will be able to build their own frozen yogurt bowl with as many flavors and toppings as they desire. Read more.
Dunkin’ Donuts – The Dunkin’ Donuts and Mickey Mart opened on May 20, 2015, in the West Market Street commercial district in Tiffin. Both operations combined represent a $650,000 investment and 50 new jobs created. Dunkin’ Donuts is the world’s leading baked goods and coffee chain, serving more than 3 million customers per day. Dunkin’ Donuts sells 52 varieties of donuts and more than a dozen coffee beverages as well as an array of bagels, breakfast sandwiches and other baked goods. Today, there are more than 11,300 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants worldwide – more than 8,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in 41 states in the U.S. plus the District of Columbia, and more than 3,200 international restaurants in 36 countries. Read more.
Mr. Hero – The shop is located together with the B & B Food Mart at the 263 N. Washington St. location in the “Sixer’s Corners” area and cut the ribbon to celebrate its opening last October. The franchise was an approximately $200,000 investment and added three new employees to B&B’s five-person staff. Started in 1965 on Cleveland’s west side, the chain has grown to more than 90 locations throughout northeast, northwest and central Ohio. The chain uses proprietary recipes and prides itself on the freshness of its ingredients and cooking each order when placed and not using microwaves or warming trays. Read more.
Wall Street Pub and Grille – The Wall Street Pub and Grille, located at the corner of Wall and Hall Streets in Tiffin, on the Tiffin University campus, opened its doors on June 7, 2016. The establishment is the first restaurant venture for food service provider AVI. The menu consists of burgers, wraps, flatbreads and similar fare, and the bar features 20 beers on tap as well as regional wines. The building reclaimed The Pettibone Industrial Machine Shop, and blends modern and rustic décor. Read more.
Buffalo Wild Wings – The Mastro Development Group first announced plans to open a Buffalo Wild Wings location in Tiffin in October 2014. After nearly two years in development, the restaurant opened on June 6, 2016. The 6,600 square foot “Stadia” style restaurant contains an urban look, complete with wall-to-wall big screen TVs and a patio accessible through garage doors. The entire project is a $3.2 million investment in the Tiffin community that will create 60-65 new jobs. Buffalo Wild Wings is a national restaurant chain with the mantra, “Wings. Beer. Sports.” that began in Columbus, Ohio in 1982 and now has more than 1,190 locations around the world. Read more.