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The Ontario House "Stone Jug" is the Youngstown Business of the Year

by jpauly
Mon, Mar 23rd 2015 10:00 am

 Youngstown Business of the Year

The Ontario House "Stone Jug"


The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce The Ontario House "Stone Jug" as the recipient of the Youngstown Business of the Year Award. The Youngstown Business and Professional Association assist the chamber in providing a business nomination that has showed dedication and service to the Youngstown community.

The building at 385 Main Street has been known as a bar/restaurant and hotel since 1842. There was an establishment on property since before the War of 1812. The original building was burned down by the British during the War of 1812. The current building was built back in 1842, made completely out of stone to insure that the building would never become victim to another fire again. Eddy Wojcik and his family have been the proprietors of the long standing establishment since 1929. In 1934, Eddy's great -grandmother, grandmother and grandfather were granted the first liquor license in NYS after the prohibition. In March of 1977, Eddy took over operating The Ontario House.  It was a natural fit as he grew up helping his grandparents around the bar and started tending at sixteen years old.  Years later, the bar is still run as a family affair with Eddy, his brothers Martin and Andrew, and his mother Eugenia at 88 years young, coming in daily at lunch time to help out.

Lunch is served six days a week featuring fresh homemade soups and desserts, burgers, deli sandwiches and patty melts.  The Ontario House "Stone Jug" is open every day starting at 11am, with Monday's opening a little later at 3pm. Word of mouth has continued to be the best way to advertise. 

Serving consistent good food and providing a fun atmosphere has kept the customers coming back.  People continue to use the current shuffleboard next to the bar that has been there since 1957. A new addition to the bar is a digital music Jukebox providing hundreds of music for entertainment.  Wi-Fi is also available at the bar.  Annual events round out the year as Eddy hosts St. Patrick's Day celebration during the parade,  Halloween party, Summer of '69 event, Youngstown Business and Professional meetings and many more.  Much support is also given to programs for children including the Lewiston Porter Music Scholarship program.

The "Stone Jug" customers range from the local crowd, to sailors from all over the U.S. visiting for events.    Many customers have become like family to the staff.  Having a business in a small community provides a special connection with everyone knowing one another.  There are not many "corner bars" around anymore and that is just what The Ontario House - Stone Jug is - a place where anyone can feel at home.  YBPA President Cheryl Butera said it best "The Ontario House aka "The Stone Jug" is Youngstown's longest standing business. Eddy and Eugenia and family don't even require a last name...when you say their names, EVERYBODY knows who you're talking about.  The Youngstown Business and Professional Association are more than proud to bestow Business of the Year 2015 on this jewel within the heart of the Village of Youngstown.  Long live the JUG"

The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce along with the Youngstown Business and Professional Association proudly congratulate The Ontario House "Stone Jug" as the 2015 Youngstown Business of the Year.

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