Emily Ruff is cleaning out her former restaurant Lydia House and “putting dreams into action,” she told Insider Monday.
Less than a week after closing Lydia House, Ruff and musician J.C. Denison are turning the first floor of 1101 Lydia St. into a neighborhood bar called The MerryWeather, a wink-and-nod to the founder of Schnitzelburg, D.H. Meriwether.
“We still wanted to stay a neighborhood joint,” Ruff said, who noted that they’ve received positive feedback so far. “We have had some kind words thrown our way … I think people didn’t want to see the building go vacant.”
When she announced in late November that Lydia House would shut its doors, Ruff promised that something new would take its place.
On Monday, Ruff told Insider that the decision to close came down to a couple things: She couldn’t find employees and wasn’t doing well enough to hire a manager, so Ruff was not only running the business but also cooking food every day.
“It’s just too much,” she
The bar will have daily snacks to give customers something to nosh on whether or not the kitchen is occupied, though Ruff said the snack and drink menus are still in development.
And “once in a while, I will hop back into the kitchen for a night or two and cook some old Lydia House favorites,” she said.
Ruff said she hopes to open The