Smokin’ Mary’s BBQ Pit and Saloon coming to North Ridgeville: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville

North Ridgeville, Ohio

Things are about to be smokin’ in North Ridgeville with the upcoming opening of Smokin’ Mary’s BBQ Pit and Saloon, 34173 Center Ridge Road (former Tommy’s Bar and Grill location in Providence Plaza behind the GetGo gas station).

Smokin’ Mary’s BBQ Pit and Saloon, 34173 Center Ridge Road is slated to open later this month in the former Tommy’s Bar and Grill location in Providence Plaza behind the GetGo gas station).

The husband and wife team owners Julie (Mary) and Wil Novak have more than 60 years combined experience in the restaurant industry and this will be their third restaurant opening since 2018. The couple own the popular Hail Mary’s, 27828 Center Ridge Road, Westlake; and the recently opened Salty Mary’s Oyster Bar and Tavern, 25600 Center Ridge Road, Westlake.

“Smokin’ Mary’s BBQ Pit and Saloon’s menu will feature house-smoked meats, house-made BBQ sauces, and unique spins on traditional BBQ sides with Tex-Mex influence,” said Megan Novak, social media manager for the restaurants, in an email. “Menus including themed cocktails and brunch selections are in the works. The interior will have Nashville- inspired decor with fun pops of personalized artwork and some very photo-worthy spots throughout the restaurant. I can confirm that we’re planning to open mid-October and we’re thrilled to be part of another growing community and serve the people of North Ridgeville.”

A website will be up and running soon and will offer a VIP mailing list for updates and special offers. Follow on social media @SmokinMarys on Instagram, and Smokin’ Mary’s on Facebook, for menu items, interior updates, live music schedules, opening party info, and opening day updates.


New Crushers manager, schedule released: The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Akron Children’s Hospital, recently announced Jared Lemieux will be the team’s new director of baseball operations and field Manager for the 2023 Frontier League season. Lemieux spent the past two seasons coaching with the New Jersey Jackals, and has been involved in professional baseball, either playing or coaching since 2006.

Lemieux spent five seasons playing in the CAN-AM and American Association while earning his Master’s Degree from Springfield College. He has coached at the college level and spent five seasons coaching with the Ottawa Champions in the CAN-AM League, winning a championship in 2016, before joining the Jackals in 2021, according to information released by the Crushers organization.

It’s never too early to think of spring as the Crushers recently released their 2023 schedule. The Crushers will play 51 home baseball games at Mercy Health Stadium next summer, including nine weekend homestands.

The Crushers will open the 2023 season at home May 12 against the defending Frontier League champion Québec Capitales. Lake Erie Crushers games will feature nine Friday night fireworks shows, in addition to the Red, White & Boom show July 3 presented by the City of Avon.

“We are already counting down the days to the start of the 2023 season”, said Tom Kramig, Crushers co-owner in a press release. “We are going to be bringing back some of our fan favorite promotions, such as Stomper’s Birthday, Christmas in July and Military Appreciation Night. Plus we have some new surprises for the fans that we’re sure they’re going to enjoy next summer.”

When the team plays next season it will be on new turf as the stadium is undergoing renovations to the field.

To view the full schedule, go to For more information, including tickets, call 440-934-3636 or email [email protected]

Sunflower field blooming: Maria’s Field of Hope will be in full bloom this month at its temporary location on Recreation Lane (road that leads into Crushers Stadium and the French Creek YMCA). A Family Fun Day, sponsored by Millcraft, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A cook-out will be onsite, as well as Maria’s Ice Cream Wagon.

The first-ever Sunflower Trick-or-Treat at Maria’s Field of Hope will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22. Visitors can come in costume to walk the paths throughout the field where Prayers From Maria volunteers will be passing out candy.  Additional treats include apple cider and Maria’s Ice Cream Wagon. All processed from the donations received from both events will support childhood cancer research initiatives funded by Prayers From Maria. For more information, go to

Holistic back health: Dr. Leo H. Simoson will present, Healthy Back for a Healthy Life, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Knights of Columbus Ragan Hall, 1783 Moore Road. Dr. Simoson will talk about holistic back health through chiropractic and acupuncture. The public is welcome,  RSVP by Oct. 17 to [email protected] Snacks and refreshments will be served.


Peter Miller House renovations: The Avon Lake Historical Society, in partnership with the City of Avon Lake spearheaded by Council President Marty O’Donnell, are rehabbing the Peter Miller House Museum, 33740 Lake Road. Funding is in part from a private donation from Susan Waddell Mahoney (1968 Avon Lake graduate) and her husband, Patrick; a grant from the Lorain County Commissioners, and the city. Northern Hammerworks, Sandrock Painting, and Avon Lake Sherwin Williams are assisting with the renovations.

The museum is currently closed and the hope is to open before the cold weather hits. Painting is currently taking place and the infrastructure work is happening this week and continuing over the next few weeks.

Scam alert: The Avon Lake Police Department has received several reports from individuals who are receiving calls from people claiming to be specific members of the police department. The residents are being told to call a number 440-653-8221 (U.S. District Court House) and to make arrangements to testify in Federal Court on certain cases. The calls appear to be targeting professionals in the mental health field. If you receive a call, do not call back, it’s a scam. Report the call to the Avon Lake Police Department at 440-933-4567.


Book sale: Browse a selection of books during a Book Sale at the North Ridgeville Branch Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road this weekend. Sale runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. (bag sale) on Sunday.

Speech and language consult: If others find your child’s speech difficult to understand, your child has trouble talking or playing with other children or difficulty understanding what you say, register to attend a Speech and Language Consult. A pediatric speech language pathologist from Mercy Health Children’s Hospital and KidsSpeak, LLC will be at the North Ridgeville Branch Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road, from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18.  The 15‑minute consultation is open to children ages 18 months to 12 years. To register, go to

Coffee chat: Join Mayor Kevin Corcoran for his monthly Coffee & Conversation from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 24 in council chambers at city hall, 7307 Avon Belden Road.

National Merit semifinalists: Lake Ridge Academy has four students named as National Merit Scholar semifinalists and two students named as Commended Scholars. Congratulations to seniors Finley Pasatta, Andrew Pavel, Mankeerat Rataul, and Sereena Sperry. Finalists will be announced in February. The finalists are selected based on academic records, written essays, participation in school and community activities, evidence of leadership and any other honors or awards received. Seniors Shelby Bennett and Sam Calcut were named Commended Scholars, representing the top five percent of the nation’s top high school seniors.

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