After sitting vacant for more than a year, the former Dolphin’s Bar and Grill will see new life.
Husband and wife team Gary and Laura Moeller, town of Lodi residents; have purchased the space at 111 S. Main St. in Lodi. They hope to have Main Street Pub open in the middle of March.
At the Feb. 4 meeting, the city of Lodi Common Council approved the pub’s Class B liquor and Class B beer license applications. City clerk Adele Van Ness said DMB Community Bank (who held the city’s last Class B liquor license for former Dolphin’s Bar) relinquished the license.
Laura Moeller said she and her husband plan to operate the restaurant with the help of their daughters, Katie Sullivan and Becky Meade, and son-in-law Aaron Meade.
“We’ve thought about owning our own place for a long time,” Moeller said. “It’s fun because right now it is all family.”
Moeller said for most of her career she has worked in the restaurant business as a waitress and bartender. Aaron Meade also has plenty of work experience with Fitz’s on the Lake, Anchor’s Away, and Fish Tales, under his belt. Meade is also a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu.
While the menu hasn’t yet been finalized, Moeller says patrons can expect to see pub favorites such as a Friday fish fry, reubens and homemade macaroni and cheese, along with a signature burger still in the works.
“We really want to put an emphasis that even though it’s bar food, it will have a little different flare,” she said. “Maybe a different bread or cheese that will bring out the flavors.”
Moeller said with the building sitting vacant for over a year, it will be nice to have another business open in downtown Lodi.
“I think competition is always good,” she said. “We are excited about doing this. This is a dream come true.”