People posting about Point Place and Westgate establishments. I thought this thread was supposed to be about downtown?
I'll join in about Winwell. I am disappointed to see it close. It was the first thing in that location I went to - none of the previous concepts were appealing (or open long) enough to make the trek from the South side. I was very impressed with the decor... modern and upscale. It was easily one of the classiest nightspots / lounges in Toledo. It put most outdated dives here to shame. For a while, they even had djs spinning electronic music a couple nights a week, which almost nobody else in town does.
The place was nearly empty the three or four times I went. More staff than customers normally. One night, they handed us a bunch of free passes for an upcoming friday event. My buddy and I were surprised, and asked "you guys charge cover!?!" Like people would pay to be in an empty bar.
They opened around Thanksgiving and did not roll out their food program until the end of April. It's tough for any new business - maybe aside from Chick-Fil-A - to start up right on the crest of the cold season. I didn't get over there in time, but their menu (both food and cocktails) looked awesome.
It's hard to say why it didn't catch on. Could have been any number of things. I agree with Johio that the entrance / patio could have been configured better. From watching Bar Rescue, I've learned that's important. They could have changed the name when it wasn't working or hired a promoter... created more of a buzz. Beyond that, it could just be that it was 'over the head' of most of Toledo. Perhaps too nice. Also, there aren't enough other bars in the immediate vicinity. The Monroe Street / Franklin Park strip seems to be the anchor for that part of town.