Selah Restaurant: Dining in a Bank VaultDINING, QUIRKY PLACES, STAFF, USA MAINLAND — By Milli Thornton on February 16, 2013 at 18:51
Story by Milli Thornton. Photos Copyright © Brian Williams.
Selah Restaurant is located in an old bank building at 130 S Bridge Street, downtown Struthers, Ohio. It’s a hometown restaurant with big city flair! Designed rooms, original photography, brass teller cages, a walk-in vault, full bakery onsite, and an open-air feel make you forget you’re in the bustle of a restaurant as you break bread with friends.
I HAD BEEN wanting to go to Selah ever since we drove by it in Struthers over a year ago. It looked stylish and tempting from the outside, and it featured the word ESPRESSO on a sign. (One of my magic words.) I was down to my last chance to go there before we move back to New Mexico this coming week, so I jumped on it for a farewell dinner with friends.
When my friend Joanne (born and raised in Struthers) heard my choice, she told me how she used to make deposits into her checking account many years ago back when that building was a bank. And that the owners have kept all the original bank decor (even the teller windows), with the bank vault as a special dining room.
Needless to say, after I heard that we made our reservations for the bank vault. And we were lucky to have it all to ourselves. It felt exotic to be eating dinner in a place that once upon a time was the inner sanctum. We were surrounded by hundreds of safety deposit boxes of various sizes, including big ones that were probably only used by wealthy locals.
Brian took these photos with his cell phone, but hopefully they convey a little of the eclectic atmosphere.
The food was delicious too. I had Beef Tips in Bourbon Sauce, Brian had a big ol’ steak with garlic mashed potatoes, Joanne had salmon and Ron ordered the shrimp linguine. For dessert Joanne and I ate Italian cream cake. Yum.
I’m so glad I got to experience Selah in person. The owners have gone to great lengths to incorporate creativity into every aspect of their restaurant.
Milli Thornton (aka Milliver) is the author of Fear of Writing: for writers & closet writers. She is owner of the Fear of Writing Online Course and Unleash Your Writing!, where her mission is to put the fun back into writing. Milli blogs at Screenwriting in the Boonies and the Fear of Writing Blog and coaches writers individually at Writer’s Muse.