A couple sandwiches and some sides at Lincoln & Main Gastropub. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writers
Photo: Contributing Writers

Lincoln & Main Gastropub breathes new life into historic Urbana space

Interested in a place that combines the power of social media with a dash of local history and great family fare? We’ve got the place for you up in Urbana.

Lincoln & Main Gastropub

Location: 624 N. Main St., Urbana

Contact: www.lincolnmain.com, (937) 508-4175

Background/Overview:

Grant and Ronda Glessner are native to Urbana. Grant’s childhood home was on Lincoln Place.

An original business building at the intersection of Lincoln Place and North Main Street was a Firestone Gas Station. About 1930, in a corner of that gas station sat the first setting of Crabill’s Hamburgers. In 1988, the Firestone building was torn down and a new Marathon Oil Company station was built on the property. It closed after just a few years, and the space remained empty for approximately two decades.

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The new Lincoln & Main Gastropub in Urbana. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writers

Grant and Ronda had moved to Chicago and formed their “Dine & Dash” Food Truck. It was so popular, that by the time they decided to move back to their hometown in the spring of 2015, they had well over 10,000 followers on social media sites.

Once back in Urbana, they traveled with their established food truck to local and surrounding area events to develop a new jurisdiction of followers. In 2018, their “Dine & Dash” was awarded “Best of Ohio Reader’s Pick” for the “Best Food Truck In Ohio.”

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The couple knew that long-neglected business property on one edge of downtown Urbana was still for sale. They bought it in 2016, and then spent about a year reconfiguring the gas station into their Lincoln & Main Gastropub. Its grand opening was in December 2017.

Ben Guenther is its bar manager. The Gastropub is known as “Your Home For Buckeye Games.” Each game is viewed on eight big-screen television sets inside, and on two more TVs in the outside front wrap-around patio, which is equipped with heaters and nine covered tables.

The bar area at Lincoln and Main Gastropub. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writers

Grant runs the “front-of-house” of this family eatery that seats 42 visitors. Ronda runs the “scratch kitchen” that serves “comfort food and other unique offerings.” One of those special offerings is from Grant’s uncle, who supplies locally raised Angus beef from his Schlumbohm Farms in De Graff, which is proudly served in many dishes at Lincoln & Main Gastropub.

The Menu:

Non-Alcoholic Beverages: Iced/Sweet Tea, Minute Maid Lemonade, or Pepsi products (fountain only) - $2.

Alcohol Beverages: Lincoln & Main has no “standard” brand beers. They have 12 constantly rotating craft beers on tap, with an emphasis on independently-owned craft breweries; and they try and feature as many Ohio-made craft beers as possible. A flight of four craft beers - $8 and up; Epic Brewing Co. Imperial Pumpkin Porter Nitro, or Flying Dog Dogtoberfest - $2/$4/$5.50; Ciderboys Hard Cider Peach County (12 oz. can) - $4; Four String Hilltop Light Lager (16 oz. Can) - $4.50; Frontonio Red Wine, or Luccio White Wine - $7/$28; Southern Gents Sneaky Tea, or Twisted Cucumber Lemonade - $8; Blanton’s, or Whistlepig - $15.

Children’s Menu (12 years and younger): Burger Sliders w/side & beverage, Chicken Nuggets w/side & beverage, Grilled Cheese Sandwich w/side & beverage, Mac-N-Cheese w/side & beverage, or Marvin Mac (& crispy chicken plus bacon) w/beverage only - $5.

Salads: Side Salad - $3; Crispy Chicken Salad - $7.99; Cobb Salad - $8.99; Steak Salad - $9.99. The “house” dressing is Honey Mustard, and all four salad dressings are made onsite.

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Dave Crook, the head cook at the Lincoln & Main Gastropub. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writers

Sides: Coleslaw, Cuban Black Beans & Rice, Fresh Cut Fries, or Roasted Root Vegetables - $2; Four-cheese Mac-N-Cheese - $3.

Lunch Sandwiches (Counter service only until 4 p.m.): Classic Burger (One-third lb.) - $6.99; Classic Pulled Pork - $7.09; Chicken Parm - $7.49; Denver Chili Burger - $8.49; Classic Brisket - $8.79; Shrimp Po’ Boy - $9.99.

Lunch Entrees (Counter service only until 4 p.m.): Smoked Chicken Wings - $6.79/$12.99; The Hobo (Four-cheese Mac-N-Cheese & Pulled Pork) - $7.99; Fish (Cod) & Chips - $9.29.

Dinner Sandwiches (Table service 4 p.m. to close): “Build Your Classic Burger” w/fries (One-third lb.) - $7.99; Steakhouse Burger w/fries - $9.99; Lonestar Brisket w/fries - $10.49; Ribeye Philly w/fries - $12.29.

Dinner Shareables (Table service 4 p.m. to close): Hummus Plate - $5.99; Jalapeno Firecrackers - $7.59; Korean Beef Tacos, or Thai’d Up Tacos - $8.99; Boneless Chicken Wings - $5.99/$11.99.

Dinner Entrees (Table service 4 p.m. to close): Chicken Tenders - $8.99; Fish (Cod) & Chips - $12.49; Campanella Pasta w/Brisket Ragu - $12.99; Ribeye Dinner - $17.49.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

More Information: Reservations are most appreciated for parties of six or more visitors. Military personnel are thanked for their service with each receiving a 15 percent discount off each tab.

Saturday, Oct. 27 will be the last “Patio Party” of 2018. This event has a Halloween theme, so wear a costume! The featured brewery will be “Jackie O’s” from Athens, Ohio. Live music starts at 1 p.m. There’s no cover charge and reservations are only necessary for parties of six or more visitors. “Come To The Intersection Of Great Food And Good Times.”

Look for local restaurant profiles by Glenn and Kim Creyts every other week in “Life.” For inquiries regarding this column, and “Restaurant Profile” ideas and suggestions for future columns, please contact Glenn and Kim via e-mail: glenncreyts@att.net.

The dinning area at the Lincoln & Main Gastropub. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writers

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