It has been almost a year when the Patio Restaurant closed their doors “for good”.      At least that was the thought then, but shortly thereafter a new owner purchased the restaurant and has been working to renovate the facility to re-open it soon.  That new owner is Ryan Jude Tanner.

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When The Patio does re-open the main entrance will no longer be on 4th Street.  The new customer entrance will be located on Jersey Street. That will be one of the many changes to the restaurant.  Tanner, according to a recent article in the Herald Whig, has stripped much of the facility to the studs.

According to Tanner, he will not be opening the facility until he also includes the history of the iconic restaurant as well. So many people could tell stories of their times dining at the facility in years past and Tanner is looking to hear those stories.

To preserve the many stories and memories of the restaurant Tanner, who owns a production company called Tanninger Entertainment, is producing a film to capture those stories. He can only do so with the help of people like you who are willing to share your story. According to the Herald Whig story, Tanner’s great-grandmother, Velma “Tennessee” Gardner, worked at the restaurant from 1959 through the early 1990’s and he would love to hear stories about her as well.

So, if you are interested in sharing your story about your time spent at The Patio Restaurant, contact Jeff Johnson at  As to when the restaurant will be opening, Tanner hopes to announce that in the weeks ahead.


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