By Samantha Simon
Three generations of the Sims family have collaborated together to open Generations Fine Food and Spirits.
The restaurant has a goal to open Nov. 1 on 5 N. Sandusky Street, where Nova Restaurant used to reside.
This is father and son, Marty and Jeffrey Sims’ first restaurant, though they have been in the business for many years. Marty worked as food and beverage director in Columbus at the Holiday Inn, and Jeffrey worked as a chef at Tartan Fields country club in Dublin. The two had thought of opening a restaurant for some time and then Marty received a phone call to come look at the N. Sandusky street space.
“We came up and looked at it, and decided to give it a try,” Marty Sims said.
Generations will serve lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. The restaurant will also have a full bar as they have secured a liquor license and are currently waiting on the beer license from city council to be approved. The bar will be open for happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m.
A large projection screen will be a main focal point for those who choose to sit at the bar, while the main dining room hopes to serve as a more formal setting suitable for a date or nice night out.
Besides from a few minor changes, they plan to keep the interior of the restaurant intact. Marty Sims said that there wasn’t much to change to the restaurant, and they ran into a great opportunity of an almost completely set up space.
The building is 100 years old with an industrial style look, which is perfect for the atmosphere they hope to create with their casual fine dining menu. They plan to offer a variety of menu items from different generations along with timeless classic pasta dishes, like spaghetti and meatballs and more modern dishes like lobster macaroni and cheese.
“We won’t have fried mozzarella sticks, but we will have fried brie with a raspberry mango chutney sauce,” Marty Sims said.
Some other menu items will include a gourmet grilled cheese with three different cheeses, tomato, onion and brushed with herb mayo. The menu also offers several flat breads ranging from a traditional margarita, to a more modern flatbread topped with gorgonzola, granny smith apples, bacon, onion and parmesan.
“There will be something for everyone, whether you like a burger, flatbread, steak or salad we will have it,” chef, Jeffrey Sims, said.
Marty Sims said the goal of Generations is to serve good quality and good consistency. Jeffrey Sims also said that a strong goal of theirs is to offer good service.
“This is our first venture into to the Delaware community and we want the city to be proud. Everyone in this process has been very helpful so far,” Marty Sims said.
Meeting their goal to open Nov. 1 would allow the restaurant to participate in Delaware’s First Friday of November, a community celebration that Marty and Jeffrey Sims hope to be a part of right away.
First Friday occurs every month in downtown Delaware, where venders, live music and special promotions line the street attracting many community members to dine out for the evening. The restaurant hopes to become a favorite for Ohio Wesleyan students.
Editors Note: In order to reach the projected opening date of Nov. 1, Generations is now hiring for various positions. Please contact Marty or Jeffrey Sims at 740-362-1195 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.