Owners reveal plans for ‘Mr. Boro’s Tavern’ in Springboro

The former Bella Vino Wine Merchant & Bar at 495 N. Main St. (Ohio 741) in Springboro, which has been vacant for more than a year, will be reborn this fall as Mr. Boro’s Tavern.

Construction issues pushed back the new sports bar and pub’s timetable earlier this year, but if all goes well with permits and approvals for the build-out, Mr. Boro’s Tavern could open by late September or early October, founders Rick Baarlaer and Marci Johannes told this news outlet today.

The co-founders shared architectural renderings of the interior of the 3,000-square-foot building. Mr. Boro’s Tavern will seat about 80 inside and another 25 on its patio, Johannes said. It will employ 10 to 15 people.

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The pub will focus on local breweries’ selections, and its menu will include sandwiches, salads and pizza, Baarlaer has said. “We’re aiming for a neighborhood tavern kind of atmosphere,” he said earlier this year, when he applied for a liquor license for the tavern.

The space had housed a wine bar/pub/wine shop for more than 15 years. A wine bar called Mulligan’s Wine & Stuff opened there in 1998. The wine bar went through ownership and name changes, becoming Grapes of Ruth and ultimately Bella Vino, before shutting down in June 2015.

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