Army Navy reopens

| June 28, 2013

COSHOCTON – The past year has been a nightmare that Tom Unger is glad finally ended.

“I’m ecstatic,” said Unger, who is a manager at the Army Navy Wm E. Unger Garrison 628. “I don’t wish this on anyone.

The old Army Navy was torn down last June after the building experienced structural issues when attempts were made to add on a kitchen and patio.

On June 17 the establishment finally reopened with new features.

“We want to try to provide a better environment for people to come listen to entertainment as well as have friendly conversation and enjoy themselves,” Unger said.

When patrons come in they will find the inside to be brighter and the stage area to be new and improved.

“The stage is centered so we can have more of a show environment and we added extra lighting to the dance floor,” Unger said. “We also are adding a nice patio that we will have the capability of having entertainment on.”

There also are now 32 seats at the bar instead of only 16 and a kitchen.

“It’s not up (and running) but we want to do lunch, dinner and even breakfast,” Unger said. “We are going to start slow though because we want to have better food versus cheaper food. It’s not going to just be bar food. I’m looking forward to serving nice lunches in the future that will be good, all around excellent meals.”

The Army Navy has roughly 800 members and it offers pool and golf leagues and supports area schools.

“Our members were extremely helpful and supportive this past year,” Unger said.

The community also helped out during this trying time.

“Karen and Bobby Clark were there for us and offered their support and Don Freed and the Moose offered us everything,” said Jan Everhart, who also is a manager at the Army Navy.

Unger said they are extremely thankful to the Moose and the Eagles.

“They were supportive during this whole ordeal and allowed our members to come to their establishment,” he said.

The Army Navy is located at 628 Walnut St. and Unger said a grand opening celebration is being planned for a later date.

“Our members have been shocked and amazed by how nice things look and that’s been overwhelming and very heartwarming for me,” Unger said. “This has been the worst year of my life and I’m glad to see good come out of it.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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