TWINSBURG — The city is looking for a private firm to manage the restaurant space in the Gleneagles Golf Course clubhouse.
Mayor Ted Yates said Wednesday that the city hopes to "find an operator that becomes a long term partner with the city and establishes a place that all of our residents and their families want to patronize." He added that this decision was made collectively between city council and the administration.
"I realize that this may be disappointing to some residents and a relief to others," Yates stated. "It has not been an easy decision, but we think it is the right decision moving forward in this uncertain economic climate. I hope the residents support whoever decides to occupy the space for years to come."
The decision was prompted by a combination of the concerns surrounding the pandemic, which forced the restaurant to close in mid-March, plus anticipated cuts to the city’s budget, Yates said.
"As we move toward the slow reopening of Twinsburg, we continue to plan for a significant decrease in our income tax revenue," Yates said. "Yesterday, the governor announced a $775 million dollar state budget cut for the remainder of 2020. Over the last couple of weeks I have been discussing with council the city’s continued operation of Aaron & Moses restaurant. There were plans to change our operations and menu for this coming golf season in hopes of better serving our customers and making the restaurant profitable for the city. We have great employees working for A&M, from our manager and executive chef to all the servers, bartenders, hostesses, line cooks and dishwashers. Their work over the last couple of years is truly appreciated."
The golf course and banquet center will be operated by the city, Yates said. In addition, the city will operate a snack bar operation and the bar during the golf season, which will continue even if Twinsburg doesn’t find someone to operate the restaurant.
"The city will seek a partner to operate the restaurant," the mayor said. "The city will still own and operate the entire facility."
Yates said the city would make a request for proposal to post for prospective businesses wishing to operate the restaurant. No deadline has been set as of this time.
The city worked with four entities for catering in the banquet area: Nosh Eatery & Creative Catering in Hudson; Robert J. Events & Catering in Akron; Thyme Catering Co. in Avon Lake; and The Saffron Patch in Shaker Heights. Yates said he wasn’t sure if any of them would be interested in operating the restaurant.
In the mayor’s State of the City address given in February, Yates said that the golf course had a banner year in 2019, with total revenue being a little more than $968,000; this was 13.5% higher than 2018. However, in about the same time period, the Aaron & Moses restaurant made about $950,000 in revenue but spent about $1.1 million.
The Gleneagles Golf Course clubhouse had a ribbon cutting in October 2018. The banquet center in the $6.1 million clubhouse can accommodate groups of between 20 and 300 people.