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Old Barn Now A Restaurant
"It was originally built in 1897. In 1965, it was purchased and remodeled into the "Steer Barn" restaurant. I started working here then and, in 1978, took over," says Tom Schertzer, owner and manager of the popular restaurant and cocktail lounge located near Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
It seats 210 people and its specialty is prime rib. "The original barn was cleaned up and updated to meet building code specifications but still retains the barn decor. Even the original timber and beams were left intact.
"The walls and floors are made from wood taken from other old barns in the area and virtually every square inch of the walls is covered with old farming relics, including such things as old cattle dehorners, harnesses, corn choppers and items from old-style kitchens," notes Schertzer.
"Loafing sheds" added onto the original barn now house the kitchen, additional seating, and a cocktail area. The main dining room is in the lower section of the barn while the upstairs hay loft seats an additional 60 people.
The outside of the unusual restaurant is painted with a Mail Pouch tobacco ad the same ad that was first painted on the side of the barn in 1946.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, The Steer Barn, Tom Schertzer, Box 128, Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351 (ph 419 294-3860).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #5