Oregon District bar and restaurant throwing anniversary bash


Oregon District bar and restaurant throwing anniversary bash

Blind Bob’s is getting to be a big boy. 

The bar at 430 E. 5th St. in Dayton’s Oregon District will celebrate its ninth anniversary with a weekend of music and drink specials from Aug. 25 to 27.

The shows start at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. 

The restaurant and bar specializes in live music from local and national acts. 

Bob Mendenhall, now a retired Social Security administrator, and his wife Lisa, a gardener by trade, opened Blind Bob’s at the former site of Nite Owl nightclub in 2008 at the urging of their son Nate. Then the recession hit.

“We pretty much kept the lights on by kids who came through here and wanted to buy PBR and a shot of Jameson,” Bob told this news organization in 2015. “I made a vow to myself right then, I was going to keep the price of beer like PBR down to the absolute minimum, as low as I can, in homage of those kids who got me through that first winter.”

The first-ever Geek Gala and costume party was held at Blind Bob's on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM

The family also owns Lily’s Bistro near Bob’s in the Oregon District. 

“It's important to celebrate life's milestones and the bar's birthday is definitely a big event to the Blind Bob's crew,” Nat Mendenhall said. “When we first opened we knew what we wanted to do, but we were new to running a venue and restaurant and success wasn't guaranteed. By our third anniversary we started to realize that we just might be able to achieve our goals. Now at nine years in it's still a challenge to keep up in an increasingly competitive market, but we keep doing our best to put out great food and to keep having great live music.”   

Blind Bob’s anniversary party will include drink specials and performances.

Friday’s lineup: Cadaver Dogs, Yardboss, The Jasons, and Red Hot Rebellion. Saturday’s lineup: Weathervein, The Flips, Pelafina, and Black Sire.  

Sunday’s lineup: Lia Menaker, Zack Sliver, Kyla Mainous, and Nolan Taylor.

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