Read the rest of the article and view video of Mr. Naffah here.The Shale Tavern and Grille opened its doors eight months ago in Lisbon, a testament to the positive benefits Utica Shale development has made in eastern Ohio. Michal Naffah opened the restaurant after customers at his Days Innremarked that they had nowhere close by to go for dinner and a drink. These customers were mostly associated with shale development in Columbiana and Carroll Counties.Five years ago, Mr. Naffah purchased the Lisbon Inn, which had a restaurant attached to the property. He closed the restaurant and renovated the Lisbon Inn, reopening the hotel as the Days Inn in 2010. The newly remodeled hotel was sorely needed to provide accommodations for those traveling through the Lisbon area.Upon it’s opening, the hotel wasn’t busy. They had a moderate occupancy through out the first few years, but soon noticed a change about 2 years ago. The Days Inn started filling up more and more with landmen and title searchers talking about shale development. Soon, they started housing some of the crews who worked for Nomac, which Mr. Naffah remarked were some of his first shale development customers.Since these companies were staying at his business, Mr. Nafah recognized the need to re-open the restaurant that was originally with the Lisbon Inn. He remodeled, and, at his wife’s request ,reopened the restaurant as the Shale Tavern and Grille as a tribute to the Utica Shale development that has helped take eastern Ohio’s economy off life support.
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