You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Springfield owner combines gym, bar

The members at Workout Warehouse, 4841 Urbana Road, were always looking for a place to hang out and have a beer after exercising. So owner Jerry Scafone decided to provide it for them.

The Bar Bell Lounge, located inside the gym, opened last week. The bar is open to the public during the gym’s business hours, Scafone said.

“It’s always been a thought of mine, combining them both,” Scafone said. “A lot of fellas would tell me after they work out they would go to the local tavern and have a beer or two. In the lobby, a lot of the folks would just gather around and hang out after their workouts.”

After some encouragement from his son, Justin, he decided to open the lounge. It opened last Saturday with an appearance by legendary singer/songwriter Jack Scott.

Some people think it’s odd having a bar inside a gym, Scafone said, but others “think it’s the greatest thing since peanut butter.

“They love the idea and they take advantage of the facilities and hang out awhile afterward,” Scafone said. “It’s kind of a neat place.”

The fitness center has been open 21 years. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in Ohio, but other states have similar facilities, Scafone said. The bar also serves food, including Mama Scafone’s Meatball Sandwiches.

“I’ve seen a lot of gym businesses come and go,” Scafone said. “I think this new venture … is a unique feature that no one else has.”

The bar is a great addition, said Paul Townsend, a Clark County resident and longtime gym member.

“It’s not an anti-workout situation, it’s just part of people’s lives,” Townsend said. “Relaxation is a normal thing.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Business

Miamisburg candy store now selling pickle juice soda
Miamisburg candy store now selling pickle juice soda

Are you ready for Pickle Juice Soda Pop? Miamisburg-based Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop is now selling dill pickle-flavored pop in stores and online. The vintage-style store at 42 South Main St. in downtown Miamisburg has more than 200 bottles of specialty sodas. “If you’re the kind of pickle lover who relishes all things pickled, this...
Waffle House co-founder dies a month after business partner
Waffle House co-founder dies a month after business partner

Both of the founders of Waffle House have died, just two months apart. Co-founder Tom Forkner died earlier this week at 98 years old, just two months after his business partner Joe Rogers Sr. died in early March. Rogers was 97 years old. “Tom will be remembered as a man of honesty and integrity,” Waffle House Chairman Joe Rogers Jr...
Ohio’s largest 100 employers in 2017: Walmart tops the list
Ohio’s largest 100 employers in 2017: Walmart tops the list

Walmart is back on top as Ohio’s biggest employer, regaining the No. 1 spot from the Cleveland Clinic, which usurped the giant Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer last year, according to a new list of the state’s top 100 employers. Walmart — with 173 retail operations, including nearly two dozen in the Dayton area — has 50,500...
PHOTOS: Nearly $1M Washington Twp. home for sale
PHOTOS: Nearly $1M Washington Twp. home for sale

A Washington Twp. house that features panoramic views of a wooded lawn is on sale for nearly $1 million. The home, located at 10765 Falls Creek Lane in the Waterbury Woods subdivision, is listed for $999,000 by Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors. It sits on three-fourths of an acre property on a cul-de-sac. The 8,350 square feet of living space features...
Time running out on Premier, UnitedHealthcare negotiations
Time running out on Premier, UnitedHealthcare negotiations

Negotiations between southwest Ohio’s largest health system, Dayton-based Premier Health, and UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurance company, remained at a standstill Thursday with the first deadline for their contract to expire rapidly approaching. UnitedHealthcare’s contract with Premier hospitals is set to expire...
More Stories