Originating as an ice cream and candy shop on South Main Street, The Alcove grew from a modest beginning as "Candyland." Founders Fred Surlas and Peter J. Francis came to Mount Vernon in 1911 from Youngstown, Ohio to open a restaurant. A second-floor banquet room is named in honor of Fred Surlas. Sandwiches were added to the "Candyland" fountain menu in the 1920s. As the demand for quality food eventually outweighed the demand for candy and ice cream, the "Alcove Room" was added which offered an expanded menu including soups and sandwiches.
Expansion again took place in 1937 when the present building was constructed on the site of the original "Candyland." Because of the growing fame of the "Alcove Room," the newly planned restaurant adopted the name that still is held today; The Alcove Restaurant.
Located in the heart of downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio, the Alcove plays host to thousands of patrons every year. The Alcove Dining Room has been host to numerous celebrities: Alan Alda; Joanne Woodward; Paul Newman; Paul Lynde; Jonathan Winters; Governors Celeste, Rhodes, Gilligan, O'Neill; and Senator and astronaut John Glenn.
From our charming "lounge" to our spacious dining room and banquet facilities, we are sure to provide you with a comfortable and elegant dining experience.