Created on Saturday, 10 August 2013 Written by REUBEN MEES
Since Ron’s Pizza moved to its 712 S. Main St. location, owner Lori Myers realized it was lacking something to make it stand out from other local pizzerias.
But she believes that will change when she reopens the store for business Monday evening with a fresh new look and new options for customers.
“We’ve always had great carryout and delivery but the whole concept for doing this is to make it a place to come and eat,” Mrs. Myers said. “We wanted Ron’s to grow up a little bit.”
What awaits customers inside is a new dining room with three flat screen televisions and a variety of sports memorabilia. And in the corner sits a small refrigerator stocked with a variety of bottled beers and wines for sports fans and other diners to enjoy with their pizza or subs.
“When we were asking what we wanted to do with this we asked what Bellefontaine needed. We thought about it and realized there was no place to go and sit and watch a game,” she said.
She discussed the idea with her mother and considered what her late father Ron Hall, who operated the original Ron’s Pizza in DeGraff, would think.
“I said to mom, if you don’t want to do this, we won’t, but she was all for it and will even be helping out when we open,” Mrs. Myers said. “And some people have said Ron wouldn’t like it, but I think he would say, ‘Whatever we need to do to keep up with the times.’”
So the family sold the DeGraff store and began focusing on the Bellefontaine business. The owner obtained a liquor permit and closed the store at the beginning of July.
They did take out the hand-dipped ice cream station because it was not selling well, especially in the winter, and installed beer taps in the back of the restaurant.
A new order counter was installed; the walls were repainted and decorated and a quest for sports memorabilia finished off the decor.
“Before, it was sterile in here — nothing on the walls, no draw,” Mrs. Myers said. “We want people who come in here to say this is a nice place and next time they may come in here to eat and have a beer and watch the game.”
Although beer, wine and spirits are all available, the owner doesn’t want it to become known as a bar.
“We want families to come in and enjoy it,” she said. “Maybe dad will have a beer, mom a glass of wine and pop for the kids.”
The restaurant reopens for business at 4 p.m. Monday and will resume their normal operating hours — 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday — beginning Tuesday. The phone number is 292-7775.