Medina Steak and Seafood Company

Each and every building has many unique stories to go along with it. The Medina Steak and Seafood company built in 1858 witnessed a lot of occurrences since its early development. During the sectionalism the country nearly divided in half when brothers fought brothers during the Civil War. The shop included a key stop for the slaves to escape through the Underground Railroad through their journey up North. Since a lot of things rapidly changed in Medina over several years, you can probably imagine the The Medina Steak and Seafood company did as well. The building rapidly changed ownership because it went from a stagecoach shop originally built by Harrison Blake to a hotel, a brothel, a gambling hall and to a grocery store. If the walls of this building could talk they would tell hundreds of different stories.

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The Restaurant

The Restaurant

The Medina Steak and Seafood company has been standing on Liberty Street since 1858. It was originally built by Harrison Blake who was one of the first founders of Medina. The restaurant has gone through many stages of remodling and rennovation, but the original structure and character has remained. Image Courtesy of : Amber Dolly View File Details Page

Back in the Day

Back in the Day

In the picture above, an old railroad called the Cleveland Southwestern Interurban Track is demonstrated to be running through what is now West LIberty Street. On the right is the building that is now occupied by The Medina Steakhouse. Image Courtesy of : Dick Carver View File Details Page

A Fire in the Attic

A Fire in the Attic

This picture shows the steps that led to the attic where a fire had broken out around 1970. During this time, a woman named Mrs. Arndt watched her son draw pictures of a ghost that he had befriended named Annie. Also known as "Annie of the Inn," the ghost supposedly helped contain the fire that had broken out in the attic. The building should have burned to the ground, but mysteriously didn't due to the help of Annie. The legend has yet to be solved on who Annie might have been, and what she may have had to do with the history of the restaurant. Image Courtesy of: Amber Dolly View File Details Page

Annie's Friends

Annie's Friends

Annie doesn't seem to be the only ghost lurking around the restaurant. To this day, the upstairs of the restuarant remains to be used as an Inn. Many years ago, a man was found dangling in the uostairs hallway were he had hung himself. Workers and customers say that he has a tendency to open doors and be mischievous, but is not harmful. Image Courtesy of: Amber Dolly View File Details Page

The Bar

The Bar

Pictured above is the bar of the restaurant; the focal point of the business. Behind the bar, are mirrors that are said to have revealed figures of a feminine spirit, possibly Annie. She wears a long dress, and it was discovered that she had died in 1895, and the loved the Inn too much to leave it. Mrs.Arndt supposedly communicated with Annie through a Ouija board, and it was found out that Annie likes to watch everyone on Sunday mornings, because the Inn is just like how it was back in her day. Families eat and dine together, and people from the community continue to interact with one another, just like it was in the past. The Steakhouse, no matter what kind of structure or business it is in a certain time period, will always be a place to gather with a sense of unity with people all over town. Image Courtesy of : Amber Dolly View File Details Page

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Brennan Henderson, Amber Dolly, “Medina Steak and Seafood Company,” Discover Medina, accessed April 29, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/132.

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