The Tasting Room in Wadsworth was founded by Pete Olsen.
Pete Olsen, of Akron, saw a need in Wadsworth for a bar that specialized in well-crafted drinks and a foodie-friendly bar menu, and decided he wanted to make it happen. Olsen has been in the wine and beer industry for 14 years, dabbling in the restaurant, retail and wholesale sides of the business, and was ready to start up a bar to call his own.
According to Olsen, “The Tasting Room is a bistro type bar with craft wines, beers and cocktails. We aim to make top-notch service, quality ingredients and a unique atmosphere our primary goals for the bar, while still keeping our prices competitive and affordable.”
Not to be outdone, The Tasting Room’s food menu rivals their well-crafted drink menu. Olsen insists on high quality food items, and tries to buy local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. The menus get updated weekly with various features and seasonal items.
Olsen attest that while The Tasting Room has undergone only some cosmetic upgrades at this point and is now open for business, they are far from done with their plans for the building. The next phase will include transforming the space to accommodate live music, creating a jazz bar atmosphere, but allowing for all types of music. The final phase will include renovating and reopening the attached bowling alley.
The Tasting Room is open Sunday through Thursday 11am to 12pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 1 am. You can reach Pete at 330- 331-7085.