A few words about us
Let us introduce ourselves
The original Wayne County Jail was built in 1865, and was claimed to be the finest law enforcement facility of its kind. For over 100 years the site housed the police department, and criminal population of Wayne County. The building is also recorded for being the very last site for a public hanging in the state of Ohio. In 1977, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department was relocated across the street to a new facility, leaving more than 100 years of stories behind.
In 1980 the building was registered as a historical landmark and in 1995 was purchased by a private business owner. The Olde Jaol Steakhouse & Tavern was then given life. We pride ourselves on our reputable hospitality and service, and a unique atmospheric experience you won’t find anywhere else!
A place to wine, a place to dine
How it all came to be…
Come for a romantic evening in the cell rooms (the very place the inmates once spent time), or enjoy a casual meeting with friends in the tavern. Our covered patio is the perfect place to unwind with a cocktail after a long day. Or perhaps you’re planning a party? We have several event rooms that seat up to thirty guests comfortably with a courteous and professionally trained event staff.
The Prohibition room on the second floor of the original circa-1865 Wayne County jail opened Monday, June 18, 2018 and features a full menu of bourbons, whiskeys, scotches and craft beers. The room was crafted from the former banquet room. The Prohibition Room has small tables, along with a few ornate pool tables, with dart boards stashed in a corner. A special Tavern style food menu is provided, but the room is set primarily for a casual drink — all under the watchful eye of a life-size statue of Jack Daniels, who greets customers at the top of the stairs.