The first Lock Sixteen Restaurant was opened in Ottoville in 1979, after the refurbishment of the Old North Side inn. With Gene’s skills in meat cutting, the restaurant quickly developed a reputation for its fine steaks and continues to benefit from his experience, as all steaks are still fresh cut daily by Gene. Lock Sixteen continued to grow in the restaurant business until 1990, when a new 10,000 square foot facility known as Lock Sixteen Catering was built to house the kitchen, warehouse, and corporate offices. The original restaurant was sold to a former employee and in 1994, the building burned to the ground.
In 1992 the Lock Sixteen Restaurant was established in Van Wert, Ohio. The Van Wert location closed in 2005, and a new Lock Sixteen Steakhouse was opened in Lima. In 2013 another Steakhouse was opened at the Lost Creek Golf Course, and then was moved September 2014 to a new East Side location. Both Steakhouses continue their well-known reputation for their American cuisine including specialties of steaks, seafood, chicken breasts and award-winning baby back ribs.
Today, Lock Sixteen continues to grow and is well-known around Northwest Ohio and the surrounding areas for it’s fine menu and friendly service. Gene Miller’s recipe for success comes from giving his customers “true value”. And it’s that recipe that has made Lock Sixteen Catering and Steakhouse the success it is in today’s competitive market.