Not too long ago, a historical building overlooking French Creek stood empty, waiting patiently for its next chapter to begin. The former Creekside Tavern in the nearly two-century-old building had been a community staple for decades, and locals were eager to see it open again. In 2013, they finally got their chance with the debut of The French Creek est. 1816 pub and eatery.
Patrons belly up to the renovated bar for 40 craft beer selections and a glass or carafe of wine from all around the world. These drinks pair with perch dinners and house-made meatloaf, as well as burgers that arrive on brioche, pretzel, or gluten-free buns. Guests can eat inside among the pool tables or head outside to the patio, where they can relax in the shade of an umbrella, listen to acoustic music from live acts, or gaze at the flowing creek to try to spot any krakens.
Stop 45's owner, Tom Curry, commemorates Avon Lake’s years as a stop on the Lake Shore Electric railroad with this freshly renovated, 2,400-square-foot flavor depot, featuring a remodeled menu brimming with specialty pizzas, savory wraps, and flavorful starters. With the Ohio meat-and-cheese plate, strewn with state-produced Holiday meats and Middlefield cheeses ($9), patrons relish an authentic Ohioan coupling without the risks involved in luring a white-tailed deer up a buckeye tree. Steamed mussels can take a dip in a pool of marinara or luxuriate in a broth of garlic butter and white wine ($9), and ancient-Roman salad dressers bedeck the caesar-style wrap in an ensemble of parmesan and grilled chicken ($8). Stop 45 also hosts an entourage of specialty pizzas blanketed in homemade sauce, including the Hawaiian pizza, whose oven-baked crust sets the stage for a luau of pineapple, banana peppers, and bacon ($15–$19), and the Meatza pizza whose bountiful helping of five meats fuels competitors with enough protein to emerge victorious from heated games of Scrabble ($16–$22).
An old-fashioned pair of comedy and tragedy masks greet drivers pulling up to the marquee of Aut-O-Rama Drive-In. The vintage aesthetic is fitting for an establishment that?s been in business since 1965 and is now in its third generation of being operated by the Sherman family. Although the cinematic lot prides itself on being the first in the area to offer AM-radio sound, today, Dolby FM stereo bathes cars in field-filling acoustics as audiences take in a library of contemporary flicks. From the start of April to the end of September, first-run and well-worn films alike await vehicular cinephiles, who can munch on burgers, subs, and pizza, along with desserts such as ice cream and funnel cake.
Buckeye Lanes’ glossy lanes provide a place to foster camaraderie and healthy competition. Easily heftable bowling balls and bumpers accommodate children during normal business hours and birthday parties catered with hot dogs or pizza slices, which can be held in a person’s not-bowling hand. During Rockin' Bowl two nights a week, the alley morphs into a pulsing nightclub from midnight to 2 a.m. with orbs hurtling amid dimmed lighting and cranked up beats. In the snack bar and lounge, pool sticks thwack cue balls on eight billiards tables and patrons devour sandwiches or demolish karaoke tunes.
For Adam Weslek, partying was the key to getting in shape. During his one-hour Zumba classes, he transforms the same Latin-inspired dance steps that helped him shed 120 pounds into a celebration of music, movement, and friendship. International music from Grammy-winning producers powers each class, helping students melt calories with arm waves, hip swivels, and air-marimba solos.