Welcome to Glenwillow Grille
The Glenwillow Grille first opened its doors in 2005 and serves as the “heart” of the small village of the Glenwillow, Ohio community. From our regular customers to new patrons, we want each of our guests to feel at home because after all, we are family-owned and operated.
This mission is reflected in each of our carefully prepared dishes and friendly staff. We pride ourselves on selecting the finest quality ingredients for each dish that we serve.
The Glenwillow Grille sits on land once owned by the Austin Powder Mining Company. As a point of reference, the Glenwillow Grille Tavern is the original site of the company’s General Store. Although nicely renovated, if you look close, you can still see markings on the walls of the tavern where shelving sat for decades. The walls of the Tavern are the original wood from 1897.
We offer classic lunch and dinner options with a modern twist. Our culinary team provides an inventive approach to traditional menu items but remains true to the basics of preparing delicious food. When we say homemade we mean it, all the way down to our house made chips and salad dressings.
Enjoy lunch or dinner in our elegant yet casual dining room, try one of our craft beers in the tavern or relax with friends on our patio.
We sincerely appreciate any opportunity to serve you and your guests and look forward to seeing you soon!
The Glenwillow Grille sits on land once owned by the Austin Powder Mining Company. In 1892 Linus Austin and his four brothers purchased the land and began producing a black explosive powder, commonly used in mining as well as the manufacturing of super structures known as the interstate highway. Today, the company still exists and is the second oldest company registered in the state of Ohio. The manufacturing facility that was here in Glenwillow was moved to McArthur, Ohio. It is joined by many other plants and locations in North America as well as 30+ other countries around the world.
In 1832, five Austin brothers left Vermont to seek a suitable site in the “west” for a powder mill. They traveled as far as Kansas City, Missouri, where they found ample raw materials for producing black powder, but only a small market. So the Austins turned around and headed back east — to Ohio. In 1833, having determined that they had both the necessary raw materials and a substantial market, they established the first powder mill in Ohio along the winding Cuyahoga River, just south of Cleveland, at a small iron-making community called Old Forge. This area immediately became known as the “Powder Patch.”
The Village of Glenwillow started when officials of the Austin Powder Company gradually accumulated 1000 acres of land on the southern end of Solon for the purposes of moving their company from the City of Cleveland. In 1893, when the company opened their facility in Glenwillow, the area was basically uninhabited. The company used the land to build its manufacturing facility and create a village for its workers. Approximately 30, two, three and four bedroom homes were built for employees and their families along with a boarding house for single male workers, a one-room schoolhouse, nondenominational church and a general store.
Glenwillow and the Austin Powder Company prospered during the ensuring decades. As the car became accessible to the middle class, the Village became less isolated. The company houses were continually updated with modern conveniences such as electricity and indoor plumbing. The boarding house and church had disappeared sometime in the 1950’s and eventually the general store was closed and turned in a maintenance building.
As black powder became obsolete, the Austin Powder Company facility began producing more sophisticated explosives such as detonating cord and mining charges. The area around the plant and the Village was becoming too populated for production to continue. Eventually all manufacturing was subsequently moved to the company’s Athens, Ohio dynamite factory and the Austin Powder location of Glenwillow was closed in 1972.
The Austin Powder Company continued to own the company homes and operate the 700 acres farm – a property across from the manufacturing facility on Pettibone Road. By the early 1980s Austin Powder Company was gone but the Village was flourishing. The Village added a 250-acre industrial park, city water and sewer lines and a new village hall, and eventually the Glenwillow Grille.