When The Barnsider shut down and was sold in May after operating for 41 years, owner Mary Seto Miller declined to reveal who the buyer was, describing him as an experienced local restaurateur who wished to remain unnamed for the time being.
Since then, several improvements have been made to the property at 5202 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp., including a new paint job and sealcoating of the parking lot. Then, this week, a “now hiring” banner was added.
And now, the new owner is revealing his plans. Greg Ingersoll, a familiar face on the local restaurant and country club scene for more than four decades, confirmed to this news outlet that he is gearing up to open a casual sports-themed restaurant called Liquid SC, or Liquid Sports Club.
“The timetable for opening is approaching very soon,” Ingersoll said. “It’s hard to give an exact date, because we are still waiting on final permit approvals.”
The restaurant will seat about 125 in its dining room and will employ 20 to 25. “We are now in the hiring process and those interested can apply at the restaurant,” Ingersoll said.
Ingersoll owned and operated the City Flame Grille in south Centerville from 2006 to 2008, 4 RiverPlace restaurant in downtown Dayton from 1988 to 1993, and The Fairington restaurant in Sidney, Ohio from 1985 to 1993, and he served three stints as general manager of the Miami Valley Golf Club: from 1976 to 1984, 1994 to 2006, and 2011 to 2014.
Ingersoll said he was looking for an opportunity to open a casual restaurant with his son.
“The Barnsider has been a Dayton landmark for more than 40 years. When I heard that it was available, I felt this was a great location for what we had been talking about,” Ingersoll said.
“As you can tell by the name we will have TV’s and a more casual menu. I redesigned the interior to make it a more comfortable and a sports-like atmosphere. The exterior also has been painted. We also have parking front and back and additional parking across the street.”
The Barnsider had been a popular gathering spot and destination for prom dinners, rehearsal dinners, family gatherings and special events for decades, serving families and communities in north Dayton and in northern Montgomery County.