Tell us a bit about yourself and your business. What made you decide to open your own small business and how long have you been in operation?
I’m Nate Mendenhall from Blind Bob’s in the Oregon District. Blind Bob’s is part neighborhood tavern and part music venue. From burgers to metal, fried pickle spears to singer songwriters, we’re always throwing a party. I went to a lot of local shows in my youth and love the music in Dayton. I always wanted to run a venue so I could see all the bands.
What do you enjoy about working in downtown Dayton?
It’s a vibrant and dynamic community with all sorts of people and ideas interacting constantly. Also, Out on 5th is a great program. Sitting at the street picnic tables and getting items from multiple businesses looks like an excellent time but I’ve been too busy to go enjoy it myself!
Tell us something about your business that may surprise people to learn.
People are always surprised to find out we serve pickle soup. When guests see it on the menu and are surprised by it I let them know that the tangy pickles balance out the rich creamy potato soup well and encourage them to try it. It’s a recipe my mother found in a magazine and used to bring to parties and we’ve modified it slightly to make ours vegetarian friendly.
How is your business coping with the pandemic and how can people support you now?
Get your vaccine and come out to see us. The pandemic made the last year very difficult but we’re gearing up for a great summer.
430 E. Fifth St.
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