Registry Bistro guests are taken in by the soothing color pallet of warm woods and stone colored walls. The entire space glows of natural light from a series of French doors which are set into the original foot print of the historic building. With Juliet balconies, the doors open to the dining room to overlook Superior St. and the hustle and bustle of the entertainment district. Like our menu, the dining room ambiance is a mixture of modern and classic, with a touch of urban chic. The polished concrete floor and soaring raw pillars are balanced by the comfort of walnut plank tables and traditional seating.
The 128 seat contemporary bistro resonates with timeless sophistication while focusing on modern eclectic cuisine. (The dining room proper accommodates 80 seats).
The stylish bar accommodates guests who prefer cocktail and light dining in a social atmosphere. Our libations menu changes seasonally featuring classic American bar cocktails with a modern seasonal perspective. The wine list is modest in size but impressive in content. By hand selecting boutique wines from both new and old world regions, we feature unique seasonal selections that perfectly compliment our menu. Along with cocktails and wine, we will offer a rotating selection of American craft beers as well as a mocktail menu focusing on non-alcohol based drinks.
Registry is unique to the Toledo area. We serve the cuisine of our time that highlights our region’s bounty. We focus on small plates at reasonable prices which are comfortable for the entire table to share and entrees which maintain a midrange price point. Although traditional fine dining has fallen out of favor over the last decade, diners want a thoughtfully prepared, high quality dining experience minus the formality of an earlier era.
Registry exceeds those expectations.
Chef Erika Rapp’s education at the Culinary Institute of America taught her that food can provide unlimited opportunities; on a plate and in life. The 2001 graduate not only learned the classic techniques of food preparation but was also inspired by some of the most acclaimed master chefs of our time. Her experience gained from travel and exposer to a kaleidoscope of cuisines has influenced her to create wonderfully eclectic and artfully crafted modern American dishes.
The Northwest Ohio native has taken that world class education and parlayed it into an impressive culinary career, developing her skills in some of the finest kitchens from New York to Texas to Chicago. In 2005 Chef Rapp brought that tapestry of experience back home and became executive chef of the celebrated Diva restaurant in downtown Toledo. After Diva’s untimely closing, she moved on to become the lead as the Director of Culinary and Special Events and Chef and at the renowned Toledo Museum of Art.
Now Chef Rapp presents the best of her worldly food knowledge and culinary art prowess as co-owner and executive chef of Registry Bistro, inside the historic Secor Building in Downtown Toledo.
“I am continually inspired by the change of seasons in northwest Ohio and the regional cuisines of America. I try to reflect both in the way I cook.”
Opening in spring 2012, Registry Bistro will provide Toledoans the opportunity to experience Chef Rapp’s passion for food through a seasonally changing menu comprised of only the freshest, finest ingredients selected from local purveyors and presented by what she describes as casual-elegant dining.
Constructed between 1906 and 1908 the Secor Hotel served as Toledo’s premier hotel for over 60 years. Designed by architect Charles Nordhoff, the Secor Hotel featured 400 rooms, a dining room and a substantial ballroom with servant’s quarters on the 10th floor. Renovated in 1935, the hotel remained open until 1969 when the owners sought, without success, to convert it into 130-140 efficiency apartments.
In 1971 Ohio Bell renovated the lower three stories for their bill paying center. By 1985 Bell occupied 6 floors with the remainder of the building containing professional offices and apartments. Bell relocated their operations in 1992 and the building became largely vacant. After sitting vacant for nearly 10 years the Secor Building was purchased in 1999. Since then the current building owner is meticulously renovating floor by floor. Current tenants include Horizon Science Academy and Toledo Opera. In 2007 further renovations were undertaken to accommodate the Secor Gallery and Gallery on 6 as well as artist’s lofts and professional suites.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since April 30th, 1976.
Historic information provided by wikimapia.org
Located in the heart of the entertainment district, Registry Bistro is just steps from both the Huntington Center and 5/3 Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens. Connected by skyway to both the Port Lawrence parking garage and Seagate Convention Center, Registry is also conveniently within walking distance to all downtown hotels.
Please see the parking map for additional information.
What are the hours?
We are open Tuesday – Saturday for dinner starting at 5pm. Bar opens at 4pm.
Can Registry accommodate private parties?
We have a private dining room which seats up to 24 guests. This space has Wi-Fi access as well being cable-ready. It is also equipped with a drop down projection screen. Additional spaces are available which can accommodate larger groups.
Contact Vickie Rapp at 419.725.0444 for more information.
What do you mean by casual elegant?
Our guests experience an exceptional meal and service, minus the formality of traditional fine dining. All in a comfortable space where everyone dresses for their own occasion.