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Sidelines in Maumee

It looks like Sidelines is trying it again in Maumee. The previous Maumee Chophouse/table fortysomething/Celtic Pub building. Why, I ask? Why?

created by Molsonator on Dec 27, 2012 at 02:36:39 pm     Food     Comments: 13

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glutton for punishment???

posted by papajoe21 on Dec 27, 2012 at 02:40:40 pm     #  

I agree. As I mentioned in another thread on this topic, I was involved in the Bavarian Brewing Company, so I already have the "once bitten" mentality for this area. And knowing the gentleman who ran the Chophouse / Table Forty 4 / Celtic Pub, (and the litany of failed attempts that followed in the Bavarian Brewery building), I just think this is an area that isn't going to prosper as it is. It's a corridor, not a destination.

I strongly believe in the strength-in-numbers formula for restaurants. That area is just a bunch of individual locations on their own islands. They're all very separated from each other. If they got together and made some kind of cohesive design with joined parking lots, etc, I think that would be a good first step in the right direction. But as that area is right now, I wouldn't advise anyone attempt to repeat the failures of so many others before them.

posted by Johio83 on Dec 27, 2012 at 02:48:30 pm     #  

They've been looking to get back over there for awhile. Business was good over there - they only left because of problems with the building.

posted by mom2 on Dec 27, 2012 at 02:55:24 pm     #  

Isn't Sidelines and Fricker's the same style food? BW3's? Ralphie's bailed out. Can the area support another?

posted by Molsonator on Dec 27, 2012 at 02:58:48 pm     #  

That's good news. Back when Sidelines was in the Brewing Company location, I went there plenty and was sad to see them go. Their ribs are fantastic... fall off the bone tender. Since they left, I made a trip downtown every year to the Smoke on the Water fest, and occasionally drive out to their restaurant on Mellwood for a fix, even though it's a hike from Maumee.

The upcoming location did okay for years as the Chop House. Something else is opening around the corner on Dussel in the old chinese buffet, so maybe business owners are growing more optimistic about traffic numbers with the new Kroger on the horizon.

I would rate Sidelines fare a notch above Fricker's in terms of quality. Their menu has lots of good stuff.

posted by mixman on Dec 27, 2012 at 03:24:09 pm     #   1 person liked this

interesting! we were out to eat recently and sat next to some of the owners of sidelines who seemed to be excited about something new in the works. I hope they do well out in arrowhead park!

posted by upso on Dec 27, 2012 at 04:07:27 pm     #  

I forgot Jed's is over there as well.

posted by Molsonator on Dec 27, 2012 at 04:07:44 pm     #  

The old Chinese buffet restaurant is soon to be another Charlie's Coney Island Restaurant

posted by Hoops on Dec 27, 2012 at 04:40:34 pm     #  

Hoops posted at 03:40:34 PM on Dec 27, 2012:

The old Chinese buffet restaurant is soon to be another Charlie's Coney Island Restaurant

great

posted by slowsol on Dec 27, 2012 at 04:56:08 pm     #  

Speaking of Smoke on the Water, did i miss it this year or is the event defunct? I miss Big Moe's out of Kzoo.

posted by MrGlass419 on Dec 27, 2012 at 07:10:48 pm     #  

I think it was cancelled this year due to the Promenade Park renovations. Hopefully, they bring it back next year or whenever that's all done.

posted by mixman on Dec 27, 2012 at 08:47:50 pm     #  

Smoke on the Water, sadly, did not happen this year. Very disappointing. If it returns next year, be sure to give Carolina BBQ a try. Their food was amazing. So was the food from the local guy in Swanton - but, again, sadly, he and his wife divorced and the business went south I heard.

posted by Foodie on Dec 27, 2012 at 10:06:13 pm     #  

Two friends of mine re-opened Swanton's "Baldy-Q" mentioned above. The new name is "The Shack". I think they use many of the same recipes that made the place a favorite. The food is great and portions are very generous - my personal favorite is the brisket.

posted by jimavolt on Dec 27, 2012 at 10:52:49 pm     #