Walther's Twin Tavern has opened in North Canton. It's an off-shoot of the popular Canton restaurant and operated by twin sisters Tara and Tana Walther.
NORTH CANTON After several sputters and false starts, Walther's Cafe has a second location in Stark County.
Walther's Twin Tavern is open at 440 Applegrove St. NW. It will feature much of the Walther's Cafe menu with some twists that twin sisters Terra and Tana Walther believe will fit in with diners in the North Canton area.
The sisters represent the fourth generation of the Walther family to manage the family restaurant business.
Terra has been working in the restaurants since high school. She started busing tables at Walther's Cafe and moved to hostess, waitress and then bartender. She became manager six years ago.
It's been about six years since the Walthers started seeking a second location.
The family considered a site in Plain Township along Market Avenue N., but a request to change the zoning for the property was denied. After acquiring the Applegrove property, the Walthers needed residents to approve alcohol sales. Once that hurdle was cleared, the property had to be tested for past coal mining. Then came financing challenges and changes to the building site.
"There were a lot of hiccups," Terra Walther said.
The goal was to create a neighborhood restaurant, and the family is confident they succeeded.
The new location has a similar feel to the Canton location at 1836 Maple Ave. NE. There is a dining room and tavern area that seats 116 (28 seats at the bar). The banquet room has space for 60. There is a patio and area with bocce courts.
There's a sports theme, and plenty of televisions for watching the Indians, Cavs, Browns and Buckeyes. Patrons also can play Keno and other Ohio Lottery games.
Menu changes include additional salad offerings, some larger steaks and several healthy options, Terra Walther said. With the new locations "we're able to try more new things," she said.
It will be a few weeks before the restaurant is offering its full menu, she said. Employees still are being hired and trained.
Customers can come for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Hours are 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
The location offers carry-out service — Terra Walther recommends calling ahead to order — and there is a pick-up window.
Walther's dates back to 1914 when Henry "Heinie" Walther opened a confectionery at 1836 Maple St. NE. When Prohibition ended, Walther got a liquor license and opened a tavern in 1933. His son, Carl, took over the operation in 1961, and Jan Walther became the third generation owner when he took over for his father in 1981.
In addition to the twin sisters, other family members are involved with the new restaurant.
"Mom and dad can't stay out of here," Terra Walther said. Jan Walther still stays busy at the Canton location, she said.
As for the restaurant's name, Walther's Twin Tavern, well twins run in the family. Terra and Tana's grandmother, Evelyn Walther, is a twin. And Tana is the mother of 6-year-old twins.