Lov’s Whiskey Barrel Saloon to open second location in Dayton’s Belmont neighborhood

Credit: Natalie Jones

Credit: Natalie Jones

Lov’s Whiskey Barrel Saloon opened its second location Friday, June 16 in the former space of Angie’s Firehouse Tavern in Dayton’s Belmont neighborhood.

Owners DeLov and Shawn Ledbetter previously told Dayton.com people can expect “the same great food with a touch of Nashville.” Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Credit: Natalie Jones

Credit: Natalie Jones

“In a couple weeks once we all get our feet wet we will have a grand opening with a block party and band,” the post stated. “Can’t wait to see everyone!!!”

Customers can expect to experience an “old-school honky tonk” with traditional country music and southern rock. The food menu will include ribs, steaks, cabbage rolls, daily specials and much more, Shawn said.

The Ledbetters opened their first location in May 2020 at 939 N. Keowee St. because of their love for country music and Southern rock. They said when they were growing up in East Dayton there were several establishments with a honky-tonk vibe but that trend diminished in recent years.

“Bars weren’t the same as they used to be,” DeLov previously said. “We wanted a place that we enjoyed going to.”

They had been looking for a second location for about a year and are excited to have a spot in their former stomping grounds.

“I think people will enjoy what we’re bringing to the neighborhood because you don’t see anything like this anymore,” Shawn said.

Angie’s Firehouse Tavern closed its doors Jan. 17 at 703 Watervliet Ave. Former owner Patrick Reed was ready to move on after 13 years in the restaurant industry. For decades the neighborhood-friendly restaurant has been a spot where generations of families gathered for a home-cooked meal.

The tavern dates back to 1938 when it was called Angi’s. Reed previously said back then the locals were unable to pronounce the name of the restaurant, so they simply called it Angie’s. The Angi family primarily served Hungarian-style food and had a reputation of having the best cabbage rolls in town.

For more information, visit the saloon’s Facebook page.

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