THE RESTAURANT: We are a 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 was the 2nd largest bootlegging route in the United States. They would transfer the “Boot” from Canada and drop it close to the shore at night, and then the retrievers would pick them up about 100 feet off shore.
THE OWNERS: Susan & Dean live and love Vermilion. They identified a need for a casual Gastropub restaurant with farm/fish-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 CHEF: Purchases all of the produce & protein locally. He works hard to create a closer connection between our local land and Lake Erie and the food you consume.