MEDINA — The renovation of 17 Public Square in 2018 was called a “long journey.”
Thousands of hours and dollars went into turning the old Main Street Café into the chic gastro pub that it is today.
Mia and Ryan Rose were recognized for Best Commercial Rehabilitation at Main Street Medina’s annual meeting and awards celebration at Williams on the Lake on Wednesday.
The award is for individuals, tenants or building owners who have completed the best historic storefront, interior and/or total building improvement project based on proper presentation techniques.
Owners Gary and Susan Quesada closed Main Street Café’s doors in February after 30 years at that location.
“They were ready to be done with it,” said new owner Mia Rose, daughter of Susan Quesada.
Ryan Rose, who is also president and CEO of Romeo Pizza in Medina, said the idea of buying the popular restaurant started about three years before.
“They were ready to retire,” he said.
Once the renovation started, problems sprang up left and right.
“We found water damage and had to redo the flooring,” Mia Rose said.
They ended up upgrading the bathrooms and kitchen.
Huntington Bank’s Ron Paydo, who introduced the Roses’ award, said the restaurant was transformed from a dark space to a spacious area. The walls were “taken back” to 1870 when they were built.
Paydo said they got new lighting and seating. The tin ceiling and woodwork were restored, along with the bar.
Mia Rose said 17 Public Square — the restaurant’s address — opened May 2.
“It was a fun process,” she said. “It’s been really good. The holidays were hectic, but fun. We learned a lot. Next year will be easier.”
She said they wanted to hang on to as much of the history of the building as possible and still modernize it.
The building has been on the square since the mid-1800s.
The owners are happy to have chef Ryan Kasson on board. He created a new menu with attention to flavors and fine locally sourced ingredients. He previously was a member of chef Michael Symon’s restaurant group.
Other award winners were:
Best Residential Renovation: Jim and Nancy Gowe
The Gowes won for their work at 505 N. Broadway St.
The award is given to one of more individuals, tenants or homeowners who have completed the best historic exterior and/or interior single or multifamily residential project based on proper preservation techniques.
Business of the Year: Brad Root, Root Candles
Root is the fifth-generation owner of the business that has thrived for 150 years. Carol Kowell, director of the Medina County District Library, presented the award to Root Candles, which she said “is giving to the entire community.”
The award is given to the owner(s) and/or employee(s) of a Main Street Medina business with innovative strategies.
Volunteer of the Year: Eric Stasiowski, Main Street member
Stasiowski was instrumental in creating Main Street’s bicentennial calendar. Stasiowski also coined the phrase, “Rich history. Great fun. Join us,” which was used in Main Street promotions. He will serve as co-chair of Main Street’s business development committee.
The award is given to an individual whose dedication of time and effort has helped the Main Street Medina program thrive;
Spirit of Main Street Medina: Roger Smalley, volunteer chairperson of Medina Bicentennial Committee
“He’s considered by many to be a living legend in the community,” said presenter Ed Wright, of Miss Molly’s Tea Room.
The award is given to an individual, organization or business that dedicated their time and effort toward helping Main Street Medina thrive.
Guest speaker Tim Van Arsdale talked about running Cups Cafe.
The nonprofit ministry has been located just off the square at 126 N. Broadway St. for 11 years.
“Everything is free,” he said. “It’s run by volunteers. It’s really making a difference.”
He said it serves food and drinks to about 70 people a day and about 1,000 a month at his cafe. Included in those totals are about 30 to 40 teenagers who come in after school. Van Arsdale said it relies 100 percent on food and monetary donations.
He said Cups fills in some of the gaps for Feeding Medina County.
“It’s a blessing to be part of this community,” he said.