The Historic Commercial Building
The Commercial Building Located at 301 River Road, is in the heart of the
historic district of Maumee. Built in 1836, by Levi Beebe, The Commercial
Building is the oldest commercial structure in Lucas County.
Originally, The Commercial Building was a center of community activity, housing law offices, a post office, a public meeting room, plus several mercantile establishments.
In the 1830’s, commercial activity was at an all time high in Maumee. The main stagecoach route between Detroit and Fort Wayne ran by the front door of the inn, and only a few feet away, stretched docks and warehouses where ships arrived and departed several times a day.
In 1837, The Inn was the gathering point for the purpose of organizing the Lucas County Whig Party. Such prominent citizens as James, David and Jesup Scott, George Knaggs, James Wolcott, Horatio Conant, and Levi Beebe were among those who responded to the call.
In 1840, Maumee was designated the seat of Lucas County, and The Inn, only a block away from the courthouse, was a natural gathering place of lawyers and other local dignitaries. Rutherford B. Hayes was one such attorney who frequented The Inn. As a young attorney, Abraham Lincoln is said to have stayed at The Inn. Another man, destined to become a U.S. president, who is said to have stayed at The Inn, is Ulysses S. Grant.
According to legend, a tunnel leading from the Maumee River to the cellar of The Inn was used as a stopping point for the Underground Railroad. Later, this same route was said to be used during prohibition to bring illegal alcohol in from Canada.
After the turn of the century, the building fell on hard times and had a succession of owners. In 1951 Donald Buckhout purchased the building and operated it as The Old Plantation. In 1973 The inn was designated an Ohio Historic Landmark, and eventually was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
With its ever-changing menu, Dégagé Jazz Café offers fresh and seasonal dishes to satisfy any craving. Make sure to come out and try one of our delicious steaks in house 21 day dry aged and hand cut. In the mood for seafood, come try our Bourbon Salmon or our signature Sautéed Local Lake Erie Walleye topped with sundried tomatoes, caper berries, and toasted almonds.
We have a variety of appetizers to satisfy any palate including our sweet Bacon Jam & French Brie Tartine and Wild Caught French Butter and Wine Steamed Mussels. We also offer a variety of wonderful desserts to finish your meal from our in house pastry kitchen. EAT & DRINK LOCAL!!!
Our new spring/summer kitchen hours of operation are:
Tuesday-Thursday 5pm-10pm Bar open until 12am
Friday-Saturday 5pm-11pm Bar open until 1am
Make your reservations today by calling 419-794-8205 ext 2