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Since 1936, Gunselman's has been a great place to meet a friend and grab a drink.

Photos by Nicole Franzen

 

Gunselman's Tavern has been The Public House in Fairview Park for almost 80 years. Recent renovations include a new brick patio, refurbished original barstools, updated air conditioning and clean, new bathrooms. Gunselman's Kitchen has reopened for the first time since 1959 serving a classic bar menu and comfort food recipes. All inspired by American big family home cooking. 

 

Phone

(440) 331-5719

 

Location

Corner of W. 215 and Lorain
21490 Lorain Road
Fairview Park, OH 44126

 

Hours

M-F 11a–2:30a
Sa-Su 12p–2:30a
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 13: Brennan & Atzberger

January 14: Becky Boyd

January 21: Prebish & Allen

February 5: SUPERBOWL Chili Cook-Off

February 9: Austin Walkin Cane

February 16: Becky Boyd

February 17: Jack Rugan

February 24: Prebish & Allen

February 25: Brennan & Atzberger

March 3: Dan Skutt

March 4: Jack Charlton

March 9: Austin Walkin Cane

March 10: Jack Rugan

March 12: Classical Revolution

March 24: Brennan & Atzberger

March 25: Becky Boyd

April 1: Jack Charlton

April 2: Billy Sullivan

April 6: Thor Platter & Paul Lewis

April 13: Austin Walkin Cane

April 15: Prebish & Allen

April 21: Jack Rugan

April 22: Brennan & Atzberger

May 12: Brennan & Atzberger

May 19: Jack Rugan

May 26: Dan Skutt

May 27: Prebish & Allen

June 3: Thor Platter Trio

June 16: Jack Rugan

June 23: Prebish & Allen

June 29: Brent Kirby

July 13: Austin Walkin Cane

July 14: Prebish & Allen

August 18: Thor Platter Trio

August 19: Prebish & Allen

August 31: Brent Kirby

September 14: Austin Walkin Cane

September 15: Jack Rugan

October 12: Austin Walkin Cane

October 20: Jack Rugan

November 9: Austin Walkin Cane

November 18: Jack Rugan

November 30: Brent Kirby

December 22: Jack Rugan

***Austin Walkin Cane has signed a lifetime contract to play once a month on Thursday***

 

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History


Gunselman's Tavern History (as much as we know) to be constantly updated as the stories roll in.

Henry J. Gunselman took over The Pastime Cafe on Friday, December 11th 1936. To this point, we have no records or history of the Pastime owners or anything else about it for that matter. One story we have heard is that Henry was a whiskey salesman for the Weideman Company and he went to the Pastime to collect a bill. They couldn't pay, he took the bar. That story could not be verified by anyone in the Gunselman family. Wayne Gunselman, Henry's grandson, told us that his grandfather said when he took over the bar there was a buzzer at the door that rang in the back where the liquor was stored and every door had a steel brace across it which was a common set up for a speakeasy selling bootlegger liquor during prohibition (1920 to 1933). The Gunselman family moved into the upstairs apartment in the late 30's. Henry's wife Meta would do the cooking and take the early shift and Henry would take over and work the bar when the kids came home from school. The Gunselman family owned most of the land from West 215th Street east to West 214th Street and north to Clifford Ave. Henry owned the bar from 1936 until he sold it to local Fairview hotel owner Louie Miller in 1959. During its time, this quintessential neighborhood bar was a meeting place for all broadcasted sporting events first on the radio then on the first public TV this side of the Rocky River. It was the carry out spot in town for beer, wine and food. Weekend nights saw everything from a neighborhood fish fry to live jazz set up in the banquet room. Gunselman was one tough cookie. He was robbed at gunpoint by three masked men who got $149 from the register, $38 from customers, $26 from the cigarette machine and pistol whipped Henry when he wouldn't open the safe. The German mafia in the late 30's tried to strong arm him into protection payments and he threw them out. The bar caught fire in the 1950's causing $11,000 damage when Henry's son Reed spilled gas in the basement while working on a motorcycle. No one was hurt but Fairview Park Police Chief, Henry Lloyd Walton died of a heart attack while directing traffic on the scene. Henry was regarded in the Cleveland Press as a sports expert. He was a horseshoe champion of Ohio. He and his wife were avid bowlers and Gunselman's backed decades worth of bowling, baseball and basketball teams. 

 

 

The Gunselman family has been very gracious and helpful with piecing together the Henry Gunselman era history of the bar. We are digitizing their family photo album of the people and events that happened over the years that we will share here.

 

 

There are of course more stories and owners pre 1936 and post 1959 (most notably the Red Martin era which spanned the 1960's into the 1990's) but that is another story altogether that we will tell after the whole Gunselman story is told. 


Reservations

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Reservations required for parties of 6 or more.

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