Wooster, OH

One of The Most Unique Restaurants in Ohio is Set Inside a Former Jail

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Ohio is home to its fair share of unique dining experiences. From quirky restaurants filled with memorabilia to old-school joints that haven't changed since 1950, there is always something interesting to take in here.

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One of the most historic and unusual restaurants can be found in the town of Wooster, Ohio. Located in between Columbus and Akron, this steakhouse allows diners to eat inside former jail cells. Keep reading to learn more.

The Olde Jaol Steakhouse and Tavern is set inside an old prison that was built during the 1800s. In 1977, the facility relocated leaving a century's worth of stories behind. The historic building was eventually saved from bulldozers and cranes by a historical preservation society with the help of Wooster's mayor, Robert Anderson. By the 1980s, the old prison was converted into a restaurant and has been serving guests ever since.

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Once home to a Victorian-style eatery, today, the Jaol is known as a bustling neighborhood tavern and fine eatery.

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Their tavern menu offers an array of classic pub food like fried pickles, loaded nachos, and tons of burgers and sandwiches. The bar is also a great place to sit and order a drink. Surrounded by exposed brick walls and lanterns, this space will take you back to another time.

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Their dining room is set inside a series of former cells complete with arched doorways, exposed brick walls, and a dimly lit ambiance, which actually makes for a rather romantic date night spot.

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On the menu, you'll find seafood appetizers, decadent steak entrees, and a variety of different pastas, sides, and salads.

Pair your meal with a glass of red wine and a piece of cake for dessert for a divine evening out.

The Olde Jaol Steakhouse and Tavern is located at 215 N Walnut St, in Wooster, Ohio. They're open every day except Sundays from 11 am until 11 pm. To learn more about their nightly food specials, be sure to check out their official Facebook page here.

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