Official Press Release

For Immediate Release

NAI Harmon Group – Media Contact:
TJ Moynihan
Marketing Director
NAI Harmon Group
(419) 960-4410 ext 318

Perrysburg, Ohio, 01/28/2018 – Barbara and Mel Ayers, owners of the iconic Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi, were awarded “Restaurateurs of the Year” by the Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) on January 28, for Northern Ohio. This prestigious award was accepted by Barbara Ayers at The ORA Industry Awards Celebration which was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The event was attended by various distinguished members of the ORA who came from all over the State of Ohio.

When receiving the award at The ORA Industry Awards Celebration, Barbara Ayers stated, “We are truly humbled by the award, especially considering that there are so many wonderful food venues in Northern Ohio. We could not have opened and operated any of our ventures without the amazing employees who surround us daily. We are fortunate to have some of the most talented managers and chefs to be found anywhere.”

Barbara Ayers was accompanied to the Industry Awards Celebration by Marlene Lederman, General Manager at Nagoya at Levis Commons, and Nagoya Executive Chef / Director of Operations, Paul Matthews.

“The belief that you win with good people is never more evident than in our success. An honor such as this is only possible with the people who have supported us over the years. The staff I’m proud to work with every day and the customers who have always been so loyal; we’re very grateful to and appreciative of all of you,” added Mel Ayers in his statement to the ORA organizers.

Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi in Port Clinton was the Ayers’ first venture to open in 2005, followed by Nagoya’s second location in Perrysburg at Levis Commons in 2007. They went on to open Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant in 2013 and Brown Dog Gelato Co. in 2016, both located in Port Clinton. In April of 2018, the duo will be opening their fifth venture named Basil Pizza and Wine Bar in Perrysburg at Levis Commons. The location of Basil was facilitated by the NAI Harmon Group and will be located in the Orleans Building, near its sister restaurant Nagoya. Basil will be steps away from the iconic amphitheater, clocktower, and fountains, which are the heart of the quickly developing Entertainment District in the Town Square at Levis Commons.

Nagoya is located on E Harbor Rd in Port Clinton, OH, and also within Levis Commons in Perrysburg. OH.

About NAI Harmon Group

As the leading independent commercial real estate brokerage and property management firm in the Toledo, OH region, NAI Harmon Group offers real estate marketing, warehousing, logistics, construction, property management, and much more. Currently, NAI Harmon Group manages a diverse portfolio of commercial property and are proud to have participated in some of the largest transactions in Northwest Ohio.

About NAI Global

NAI Global is a leading global commercial real estate brokerage firm. NAI Global offices are leaders in their local markets and work in unison to provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. NAI Global has more than 400 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, with over 7,000 local market professionals, managing in excess of over 425 million square feet of property.  Annually, NAI Global completes in excess of $20 billion in commercial real estate transactions throughout the world.

NAI Global provides a complete range of corporate and institutional real estate services, including brokerage and leasing, property and facilities management, real estate investment and capital market services, due diligence, global supply chain and logistics consulting and related advisory services.

Images compliments of the Ohio Restaurant Association.