Mancy’s Italian celebrates 20 years on Monroe Street

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Managing Partner George Mancy

April 21, 1997, marked the grand opening of Mancy’s Italian Grill, 5453 Monroe St., one of the first Italian restaurants in the area. Twenty years ago, the hand cut steaks, fresh seafood, hand-tossed pizza dough finished in a wood-fired oven, and slow simmered sauces became a dining hit that remains true today.

“We opened using some of my Italian grandmother’s recipes she made at home. Over the years, we’ve made them our own perfecting these recipes and creating our own signature dishes,” noted George Mancy, managing partner. We are forever coming up with new recipes and tweaking our menu items. We are always evolving.”

The weekly menu features new specials every week along with the traditional entree favorites. Mancy credits the restaurant success and longevity primarily on his staff of 65 people under the direction Executive Chef Matt Lawrence and Service Manager Kim Kahn. “We have a great staff of people who have been here for a long time. They all know about and are great about providing great customer service,” Mancy said.

Kahn added, “We have very little turnover, and we rarely have someone leave to go to another restaurant. We hire good people, and they stay here.”

The four 1/2-star restaurant has seating for 200 in the white cloth-covered table dining room and 70 in the more casual bar area. The banquet room has a capacity for 100 guests. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 4 to 9 p.m.

Before Mancy’s Italian Grill opened, George Mancy had been working with the Bravo Restaurant Group following his graduation from The Ohio State University. In 1994, he moved back to the Sylvania area and joined his brothers Gus and John and cousins Nick and Mike who had also returned to the area to work in the longtime family business. His dad, John, and his late uncle George had begun to step back from the restaurant while their children began assuming greater responsibilities for the business. Even so, they did acquire the Monroe Street property, which had housed the former Vagabond Restaurant.

“They thought this was a great location and they were eager to open an Italian restaurant, which was a hot item during the mid-90s Mancy related.

Armed with his experience working at Bravo, Mancy chose to become involved with the new venture. He helped with the renovations transforming the former Vagabond Restaurant into Mancy’s Italian Grill. Rudolph/Libbe served as the general contractor. “It took almost a year to complete,” Mancy recalled. “We redid everything in here to create the neighborhood atmosphere we wanted to have,” he pointed out. “We are always thinking about our guests and what is best for them,” he added.

“Here’s to the next 20 years and the unlimited possibilities that Mancy’s Italian Grill offers.”

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