New pub will seat 110 and could open as early as this fall.

Annie Oakley-themed ‘Sure Shot Tap House’ coming to historic building

5th-generation Darke County family is shooting to open business perhaps as early as this fall in century-old building

A fifth-generation Darke County family hopes their aim is true in opening a new ‘Sure Shot Tap House’ with 30 to 50 taps, a full food menu and an Annie Oakley-themed western-style atmosphere in a century-old building in downtown Greenville.

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Annie Oakley, known as “Little Miss Sure Shot,” was born in Darke County north of Greenville. She and her husband, Frank Butler, a professional exhibition shooter, traveled the world with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL ANNIE OAKLEY CENTER AT THE GARST MUSEUM
Photo: Staff Writer

The project is the brainchild of the Riffle family, including Andrew Riffle, who owns and operates the Whistle Stop pub in Ansonia; his father Daryl, who served as the manager of the Darke County Fair from 2005 to 2017; his brother Adam, and other family members.

Sure Shot Tap House will be located at 622 S. Broadway St. The four-story building dates to “the early 1900s, at least,” and will have 6,000 square feet per floor, co-founder Daryl Riffle told this news outlet.

“We’re gutting it, taking it to its original 15-foot ceilings and brick walls,” Riffle said. 

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If all goes well, Sure Shot could open as early as this fall, its founders said. It will seat 110 on the first floor and will offer meeting and special-event space on the second floor. Long-term plans call for turning the third and fourth floors into loft-style apartments. 

The century-old building at 622 S. Broadway St. that will soon become the Sure Shot Tap House.

The family has no plans to brew beer at the tap house, said Riffle, who also serves as president of the Darke County Visitors Bureau board. 

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Riffle described his family as “fifth generation Ansonia people, Tigers through and through.”

In a release, Andrew Riffle said the Whistle Stop “isn’t going anywhere. We remain much invested in the Ansonia community as a business and we have learned a ton regarding running that operation that we want to apply in this new adventure.”

“My wife Kalie and I love what’s going on in downtown Greenville and visit frequently,” Andrew Riffle said. “The Downtown Greenville events are growing yearly and bring a lot of people to the area. I have also been watching what is going on in Bellefontaine and other comparable downtowns very closely and finally decided I was ready to commit to investing in Greenville.”

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Follow along the progress of Sure Shot Tap House at www.facebook.com/SureShotTapHouse.

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