NORTH CANTON The long-awaited opening of Walthers Twin Tavern on Applegrove Street in North Canton has become a reality. The eatery has been open for nearly a month weeks and co-owner Tana Walther, who owns the new restaurant with her twin sister Terra Walther, said the response and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
The restaurant in many ways is a tribute to the history of the Walther family who have owned restaurants in Stark County for more than 102 years. Tana and Terra are fourth generation owners. The timeline of the family’s restaurant is displayed on the wall of the entrance to the new restaurant.
"The history starts with my great grandfather, Heinie, then my grandfather, Carl, and then my dad, Jan, and now my sister and I part of that history," Tana said. "We’ve had many people come in and say they’ve been waiting for us to open. Many have stories they share about our family and we love to hear those stories."
The sisters wanted to create a restaurant that remembered and celebrated that long history of the family’s successful restaurants. They designed the inside with separate rooms. One room has the walls covered in the old-style paneling to represent Heinie’s Lunches.
Another room is a meeting and banquet room in honor of Walthers Café and the patio is designed after a hunting lodge to represent the family’s love of hunting. Just outside the open-air hunting lodge room is a bocce ball court. Tana said they will are holding tournaments every Wednesday evening. The bar area is called T n T Tavern for the twin sisters.
"We wanted the T n T Tavern area to be more modern, cool and fun. The bar is covered with over 35,000 pennies that friends and family spend several days gluing. We offer beer, wine and a long list of cocktails," Tana said.
Tana, Terra and their daughters, mother and father all have menu items named after them. There is the Terra Kay’s Meatball Quesadilla, Great Grandma’s Ham and Bean soup, Tana’s Lean Mean Omelet, brother Evans Pastrami Hash-Golden Brown Potatoes, mom Sharon’s Salmon and Dad’s Chicken Livers. Tana’s daughter has Ava’s Alfredo with Broccoli and Terra’s daughter has the Carlie Barley Burger.
"Our bestsellers so far have been the chicken livers and of course our signature frog legs," Tana said. "The fish and our ham and bean soup have been big sellers too. We’re also selling a ton of German home fries."
Tana said they have a long list of specialty cocktails and will be adding a bloody Mary bar in the near future. There’s also a drive thru window for carry-out food, beer, coffee and lottery tickets.
The twin sisters come from a long line of successful restaurateurs. They started on their own careers when they opened The Pita Pit on N. Main Street in North Canton. Tana said they have faced a few challenges and many rewards.
"The most rewarding aspect so far has been the people and all of the stories. The most challenging has been finding time to spend with my kids and finding time to sleep," said Tana.