One of Marysville's best-known restaurants is under new management.

One of Marysville's best-known restaurants is under new management.

Doc Henderson's Restaurant owner Bob Meeder said May 25 that Columbus-based Sanese Services Inc. has taken over management duties at the eatery, at 318 E. Fifth St.

"We had a business agreement that they would manage the restaurant for me, with the intent that (the restaurant) would keep its present market in this area," Meeder said. "The quality and the personnel will not change."

Meeder said he is retaining ownership of Doc Henderson's, which he has owned since 2002. Meeder's own company had managed the restaurant.

Meeder said the timing seemed right for Sanese to take over day-to-day management.

"We were very fortunate. I've known the Sanese operation for years, and my experience with them has always been very positive," Meeder said. "I was glad that they showed an interest. Right now the basics are being examined, and they'll be working with our staff."

The Henderson House, where Meeder's restaurant is, has had a long tradition in Marysville. Built in 1884 by Marysville physician Dr. David W. Henderson, the house was a showplace and center of many civic activities in Marysville, according to Meeder's history of the building. Henderson was a graduate of the old Marysville Academy and served in the Mexican War. During the Civil War, Henderson enlisted as a surgeon in the 96th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and, after returning, practiced medicine in Marysville until his death in 1910.

Last year, Meeder opened a sister restaurant across the street from Doc Henderson's, called Doc's Cafe & Wine Bar, which took the place of the Doc's Bakery in Uptown. Shortly after it opened, however, the business closed because of plumbing problems and water damage. The cafe has remained closed for most of this year, Meeder said, but that soon will change.

"We'll be reopening the cafe across the street here, hopefully within the first part of (June)," he said. "It was just a disaster with the water damage, but Cincinnati Insurance handles all of our risks, and they did a magnificent job of helping us put things back the way they should be."

Sanese will handle the management of Doc Henderson's only, not the refurbished cafe, Meeder said.

Sanese provides food services to corporations, manufacturers, healthcare facilities, college campuses and other commercial clients. The company has offices in Columbus, North Canton and Dayton. Sanese offices did not return several ThisWeek calls for comment.

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