Johnny’s Pub & Grub now open in Indian Land

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Mary Brown
For The Lancaster News
The welcome mat is now out at Johnny’s Pub & Grub on U.S. 521.
Their location has been used as a bar and grill for quite some time, but new owners Shelly Lavo and Noah Schueller are taking things in a new direction. As a bartender for 15 years, Lavo said she has a lot of ideas about what would make a great bar and grill.
“The most important thing is to have a place where everybody feels welcome and at home,” Lavo said. “We have a lot of plans and want to always have something going on.”
Johnny’s opened for business Nov. 10th, but not before some changes were made to the former Pour House.
Additional lighting and seating was added, as well as a new coat of paint after a thorough cleaning. They also opened up the floor plan to add more room.
Friends and family helped with the work.
Joe and Mary Rucynski were customers of the former business and are great supporters of Lavo and Schueller. Joe repainted the entire building, inside and out.
“This place is a 100 percent improvement. It’s a great place to come for good, clean fun,” Joe said. “It’s also smoke-free and we really like that.”
The menu is simple, but according to many, guaranteed “good eatin.’” The most popular items are the Big Boy Johnny Cheeseburger, catfish bites and the chicken quesadilla.
Wings and waffle fries are also among the favorites. Johnny’s signature sandwich is Johnny’s Pub Stacker. This ham or turkey Panini with Swiss cheese, fries and coleslaw is a complete meal between two slices of bread.
“The food is terrific,” Mary Rucynski said. “I love the waffle fries and the wings get rave reviews.”
The pub already prides itself on being a great little neighborhood gathering place. Lavo and Schueller said they have a place that serves the local public. They said there is a good mixture of people from the neighborhood who come regularly and they want to keep it fun.
On entering the pub, you will notice a sign on the door that says “no colors, no patches and no weapons.” The owners said they want a good, clean and safe place for their customers to enjoy.
Bartender and server Tammy Moree worked for the previous owners as well.
“The place has changed a lot,” she said. “We’ve had many regulars from before come back and we are continuing to see more. It’s brighter and just a friendly place to be.”
Customers can enjoy a game of pool, a Wii game or dance to the music. Thursday is karaoke night.
Lavo and Schueller are working to bring in bands on Saturday nights and disc jockeys on Friday nights.
Lavo said her customers are a range of ages, with varying tastes  in music, so she would like to offer a variety.
“We want to give our customers good music and a good place to dance,” Lavo said.
Lavo also plans for Johnny’s to become involved in fund-raising for cancer and other causes. She named the pub after her father, who died of cancer two years ago.
She feels it is important to do what she can to help the community, in honor of her father.