New restaurant-sports bar opens in former Barnsider

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

New restaurant called Liquid Sports Club is now open in the former Barnsider

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

The transformation of the former Barnsider restaurant is now complete, and a new casual restaurant and sports bar called into Liquid Sports Club, or Liquid S.C., is now open at 5202 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp., owner Greg Ingersoll tells this news outlet.

The restaurant seats up to 250 and will employ 20 to 25, Ingersoll said. A “Now Hiring” banner was still hung in front of Liquid on Sunday afternoon. Liquid is closed Mondays; it opens 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday.

The Barnsider shut down and was sold to Ingersoll in May. It had been a popular gathering spot and destination for prom dinners, rehearsal dinners, family gatherings and special events for decades, serving families and communities in north Dayton and in northern Montgomery County.

The opening of Liquid comes after several improvements and renovations, including a new paint job and sealcoating of the parking lot.

“We look forward to bringing in diners and people just wanting to have a good time,” Ingersoll said. “I am sure they will like the changes.”

The menu focuses on casual fare, including wings, burgers, cheesesteaks, pizza and salads. Many bottled beers are available, and plans call for installing 10 taps for craft beers after installation of a walk-in cooler in the restaurant’s basement, Ingersoll said.

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Ingersoll has operated several local restaurants and has overseen operations at a local country club for more than four decades. He owned and operated the City Flame Grille in south Centerville from 2006 to 2008, 4 RiverPlace restaurant in downtown Dayton from 1988 to 1993, and The Fairington restaurant in Sidney, Ohio from 1985 to 1993, and he served three separate stints as general manager of the Miami Valley Golf Club between 1977 and 2014.

Ingersoll said he was looking for an opportunity to open a casual restaurant with his son Kevin, who serves as general manager of Liquid and will be “the face of the restaurant,” his father said.

“The Barnsider has been a Dayton landmark for more than 40 years. When I heard that it was available, I felt this was a great location for what we had been talking about,” Ingersoll told us last month.

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