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New owners renovate Trotters in BG PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rachel Gast Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 23 September 2013 09:49
Jay Williams and wife, Paula Williams, are seen inside Trotters Tavern on September 6 in Bowling Green. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Jay and Paula Williams have been in the food industry since their teenage years. They acquired the Quarters Bar and Grill in Perrysburg in 2004 and bought Trotters this summer.
Jay "started washing dishes when I was 14-years-old and it progressed into cooking then managing."
Paula remembers waiting her first tables at Lester's Diner at age 19. "I've waited tables or tended bar constantly since then." She is most excited about the new service station and upgrades to the Trotters wine list. "We're offering some trendy wines, some higher quality wines."
"We liked coming here it was a great atmosphere," Jay says.  "I just wanted to make sure that it was maintained."
Paula adds, "We loved the idea and integrity of the small-town side of Bowling Green. Trotters has been here such a long time I didn't want it to get turned into something different. It's kind of a staple of the town, people would have missed it if it was gone."
The Williams' thank the Contris family for maintaining the Trotters tradition. They will add some of their favorite appetizers to the Trotters menu and legacy.
"We'd like people to think of Trotters as more than the brown jug-we love the brown jug but we'd like to increase what we're known for," Paula explains. "We want to encourage people to come in for a late night appetizer and a few cocktails with friends."
The 2 have always loved the "small uptown feel" of Trotters. "You don't feel like you're in a giant cafeteria room, it's very cozy," Jay says.
"When you're in here," Paula mentions, "you know someone. Our customers all seem to see a friend they haven't seen in a while, and chat and mingle."
The Trotters regulars have given their stamp of approval to the Williams' and their changes.
"People instantly notice the chandeliers and the floors. As they look around they quickly comment on the minor changes we've made," Paula says. "They seem to be very pleased with the slight adjustments we've made on some of the items coming out of the kitchen."
Trotters was closed for little more than a week for the renovations. "We worked sun up to sun down, cleaning, organizing, restructuring, repainting," Paula says.
"We updated the bathrooms, replaced some equipment in the kitchen and we refinished the floors," adds Jay. The lights and chandeliers have been cleaned and repaired. "The list goes on-we even fixed the neon light out front."
"It was just a lot of sweat and a lot of scrubbing," Paula laughs.
The 2 won't be making many changes to the menu. "Over time we're going to tweak some items, figure out what sells and what doesn't, then we'll upgrade and make some changes."
"The integrity of Trotters, and knowing that we're going to work very hard to maintain that integrity" is what Paula and Jay believes brings in the customers. "Also, the curiosity of the community-they're very curious to see what we've done to the place and if it's going to be the same quality as before."
Starting on Sept 16 Trotters, located at 119 N Main St, will be open for lunch at 11 AM. "The kitchen will close at 11 PM every Monday through Saturday, but the bar will stay open later than the kitchen." For call-ahead seating, call 419-352-5895.

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