Trophies from the past accomplishments of the previous “Red Pig Inn,” including two awards from the 2006 Ohio State Fair, sit in a case located in the Inn’s newly-furnished dining area. (Putnam County Sentinel/Alex Sabri)
Trophies from the past accomplishments of the previous “Red Pig Inn,” including two awards from the 2006 Ohio State Fair, sit in a case located in the Inn’s newly-furnished dining area. (Putnam County Sentinel/Alex Sabri)

OTTAWA — The “Red Pig Inn,” a staple of the Ottawa area for more than 44 years, will return under the leadership of four new owners.

Nathan Musil, Anissa Musil, Kyle Benroth and Bruce Benroth bought the Inn with the hopes of keeping its Putnam County traditions alive after the restaurant originally closed its doors in late April.

Dick Schnipke, one of the Inn’s two original founders who retired in 2019, will return to aid in the restaurant’s opening and teach the new owners the original techniques that helped the establishment rise to the heights it once held in Ottawa.

“That’s going to be a huge benefit for us” Nathan Musil said. “He’s a very good mentor to learn from. Having him back in the kitchen will be a huge plus.”

The new owners intend on bringing back the quality service and “family-oriented environment” the Red Pig Inn was once known for, adding games to the larger back room while providing a more parent-friendly environment in the front dining area.

Having people dedicated to the business on a daily basis, Kyle Benroth said, will be a key to competing with other Ottawa staples like Henry’s restaurant, located just two minutes from the Inn’s current location.

“Nate knows how to cook, and Anissa knows how to run the front of the house,” Benroth said. “The two together is going to be a great pair.”