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Myles’ site to become Pizza Pub 516

October 4, 2016 GMT

The former Myles’ Pizza Pub will shortly have a new name — and a new look.

The site, purchased by Jay and Paula Williams, will reopen as Pizza Pub 516.

The pair, who own Trotters in downtown Bowling Green, take possession of the property Wednesday.

“We love Bowling Green,” said Paula Williams during an interview today. “And the idea of pizza and craft beer excites us.”

Myles Pizza Pub closed Monday after 39 years in business. After Myles’ owner Chip Myles announced that the business would be closing, the Williamses announced last week via Twitter that they were the “proud owners” of the property.

The new name, Pizza Pub 516, derives from the address — 516 E. Wooster St. While the Williamses said that the menu isn’t completely finalized yet, they would like it to feature pizza, salads, and subs.

“We’re going to maintain pizza,” said Jay Williams. Paula Williams said the menu is “pretty darn close” to being completed. “We’ve been working on it for quite a while.”

The pair plan on some cosmetic work on the structure, looking at items including painting, carpet, potentially new light fixtures, signage, and other work.

Paula Williams said that they want patrons to use both the front and back doors of the property, and want to make both entrances equally inviting.

They also want the business to have a pub-style atmosphere, maintaining craft beers, sports on TV, and other such elements.

Paula Williams said that one of her favorite things about both Trotters and Myles’ is that the chance of seeing someone you know at both establishments is pretty high “and we want to maintain that.

“We hope that we will have the Bowling Green regular crowd,” as well as Bowling Green State University students, she said.

They are also offering employment to the former Myles’ employees. Jay Williams said they have meetings scheduled the rest of this week with different groups of employees. Paula Williams said that of the 40 employees that Chip Myles identified to them, “31 of them have asked to meet with us and be considered.”

Jay Williams said the ballpark goal to open the new business is two weeks, but that’s contingent upon actually getting into the building and seeing what needs to be done.

Paula Williams said that the public will likely see work going on at the site in short order.

“You’ll notice that it will be a workplace hopefully pretty quick,” she said. “We’ve got people lined up and scheduled and appointments made.”

“We just have a lot to live up to, with taking over the legacy of Myles,” Jay Williams said.