Veterans of the local restaurant scene who sold their namesake restaurant 20 months ago are getting back in the business with a new pub in Kettering.
Ron Sweeney and his wife Christy — who together founded Sweeney’s Seafood Restaurant in Centerville in 1994 and sold it in April 2012 — have purchased the former Bosco’s (most recently Arthur’s and Toscani’s Restaurant) at 5900 Bigger Road across from the Oak Creek Plaza in Kettering near the Centerville border. The couple said they plan to open a neighborhood pub in March.
Ron Sweeney said he has a name in mind, but declined to reveal it until he determines whether it has been trademarked elsewhere.
Sweeney said his newest venture will be neither a sports bar nor a fine-dining establishment, but rather, “a casual place you might find along the Florida coast,” where the menu will include seafood dishes such as clam chowder, calamari and oysters, but will also include burgers and 20 craft beers on tap.
“It will be cozy and comfortable, with great food, a great atmosphere, great service and a great value,” Sweeney said.
The new pub will seat an estimated 98 inside and another 50 on a patio. Sweeney said he will open “softly” in early to mid-March, probably serving dinner only initially, and will expand to include lunch service in subsequent weeks or months. He expects to employ about 13 initially, and expand to 20 when the restaurant adds lunch hours and is open seven days.
The Sweeneys purchased the building on Nov. 15 for $160,000. Ron Sweeney said he expects renovations, which are underway now, will cost about $175,000.
Sweeney is a veteran restaurateur. Prior to opening his own namesake restaurant in 1994, he worked for Chuck Muir Corp. restaurants and was the founding general manager of the former Charley’s Crab that was located inside the Arcade in downtown Dayton.
After selling Sweeney’s Seafood Restaurant at 28 W. Franklin St. in downtown Centerville in April 2012 — the new owners decided to keep the name — the Sweeneys initially looked for a new restaurant location in the Cincinnati area, then decided to say closer to their Centerville home.
The Kettering building was built in 1975 as a Pizza Hut restaurant, and later became The Oaks and Bosco’s until opening as Toscani’s and, later, Arthur’s Restaurant. The building has been vacant for a few months.