THE RESTAURANT: We are a fine-dining Casual Gastro-Pub, grounded in fresh locally farm-grown meats, Lake Erie fish and Ohio produce. Blind Perch hires our close community friends and family to prepare fresh food and present it to you for your enjoyment. We hope to create a closer connection between the food you consume and the organic production of our Local Land and Great Lake Erie. While you enjoy Farm-to-Table food, Blind Perch also offers a unique Speakeasy-Era Atmosphere with Specialty Cocktails that are being “Aged” in our new oak barrels.
THE NAME: The name “Blind Perch” is a spinoff of the Prohibition-era termed bar name “Blind Pig”. During Prohibition, when alcohol was illegal, the only way to distribute a drink was to give it away – owners sold a “freak show” of a Blind Pig – “come and see my blind pig for 5 cents” and the visitor would get a free drink of moon shine or grain alcohol. We invented the term “Blind Perch” to put a Harbor Town twist on the Speakeasy name. PERFECT for a location at 3700 Liberty that has a very rich history “harboring” drinks and other activities – Bootlegging across Lake Erie
THE OWNERS: Susan & Dean live and love Vermilion. They identified a need for a fine-dining casual restaurant with farm-to-table food and excellent clean service. You will generally find one or both of them at the restaurant greeting visitors who are all considered friends and family.
THE CHEFS: Executive Chef Brian Conley is from Sheffield Lake & Chef de Cuisine Josh Horning is from Oberlin. They have professional culinary education and experience but their pride is with the Blind Perch. They purchase all of their produce & protein locally and they pride themselves in scientific combination of flavors in their molecular gastronomically prepared foods.