It’s hard to believe that we have been at this location for eight years now. Although every one of those years has had its challenges for us and our customers, we have enjoyed being in the heart of our beautiful and historic city center.
We are now faced with yet another huge and long lasting challenge. As many of you know our landlords are the county commissioners. And you may also know that for a very, very long time the commissioners (current and former) have been faced with repair and renovation of this courthouse complex.
Last year the county administrator informed us that these repairs and renovations were imminent but would not affect our space because all the repairs to our part of the building had been completed after the Freedlander building was removed and the Merchants Block building was erected.
Last month the county administrator came to us and informed us that the first phase of the work on the complex would begin this October with the abatement of the water situation in the foundation/basement of the complex buildings. Unfortunately that would require obstructed access to our front and back entrances. And the work would more than likely take at least one year.
We had the choice of renewing our lease at a higher rate or finding a new location, ceasing operation of our business by the end of August and removing our equipment by the end of September. Add to this the ongoing parking problems and a few other issues on this end of Liberty Street, there was no other realistic choice.
We are very sorry to say that our last day of business at this location will be Sunday, August 31st. We are actively searching for a new location although it is extremely unlikely we will find one before the first of the year.
We will not be able to store all of our equipment (small and large) and will offer some items up for sale during the month of September.
As we use up our supplies we will be removing items from our menu so please understand if we do not replenish items.
Wooster’s last Cruise-In and Concert for this summer is this Friday night August 15th. Be sure to come see all the great cars and listen to some fabulous music. Be sure to check out the alternative fuel vehicles on Liberty Street in front of the library! Enjoy our special menu tonight!
AND… Enjoy a total weekend of fun and check out the Orrville Lions Club Rib Fest and Cruise-In Friday and Saturday! Good food, great entertainment you won’t believe and cars, cars, cars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monthly Wine Tasting Dinner
Our last wine tasting dinner for quite awhile will be Sunday, August 24th from 1 to 3pm in our dining room. Since we won’t be set up to do our holiday wine tasting this year we have decided to step this month’s event up to high gear. There will be multiple courses and many wonderful wines to enjoy along with all of our fabulous guides, John Bee of John Bee Famiglia Wines, Kathleen Smith from Wine Trends, Mark Moysi from Heidelberg Distributing and Melissa Kadow of Firelands & Specialty Wines of Sandusky Ohio.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - no limited seating this month, however - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
We will do our “Tasting at the Winery” in October so if you are interested in joining us for this event be sure to let us know in order to forward all the information for that event to your “in” box!
Fran will still be scheduling cooking classes with Cheryl and Rick at Today’s Kitchen Store throughout the year so check their class schedule and you will find us there!
AND.. there may be a few seats left for this Sunday, August 17th “Summer Sauces” class from 1:30 to 3 so give them a call at TKS and register today
Last but not least, please use your valid coupons and gift certificates before August 31st.
We will be keeping in touch with occasional newsletters so please keep us in your address book, check in on our Facebook page and log in to our web site for news and updates.
Grazie, mille grazie per tutti di suoi fedelta
Take advantage of our carry out special every first and third week of the month. Until 8pm order any 11" or 13" size pizza with any toppings and get a second of equal or lesser value for FREE! (Not valid with other offers or coupons)
If there is an engagement, reunion, family get-to-gether, wedding or birthday party in your future be sure to call and ask how El Rancho Grande can help make your special event less complicated. Whether you simply require a cookie tray or a four course buffet let us help you with your needs.
We are now providing some of your favorite area retailers with our handmade pizzelle in four different flavors, anise, citrus, chocolate and vanilla. Be sure to look for them or ask for them when you are out and about in the Wooster area.
Check us out on Facebook where we post all the latest news from El Rancho Grande and scumptious photos of our delicious dishes made just for you!
We are always glad to accommodate large events and private gatherings any day including Mondays. Give us a call to help you plan your next function.
In the year 1945, as World War II was winding down, John and Antonietta Grande purchased a restaurant from John’s employer, Mr. Crowley. The restaurant came with some land and a house.