The Clay Oven Story
An authentic wood-fired eatery located in Mogadore Ohio
The Clay Oven was created on November 11, 2011 when a frustrated bricklayer with a large family and frustrated chef/construction worker, who always dreamed of owning his own restaurant got together to discuss the need and desire to open a restaurant in their families’ hometown community – Mogadore. (The concept was simple – great food done right. The process was a bit more complex.)
Joe and Aaron are cousins and their families have been in Mogadore since as far back as the 1800’s. Joe’s family built the original Reeser’s cider mill and apple butter factory in 1888 and ran it until 1910. Aaron’s family had an apple orchard in what is now Lions Park. Hale Avenue is named after Aaron’s family. Both of their families were very instrumental in the Christian church and Methodist church in town.
Aaron and Joe are very proud of where they are from and when their dream came together, they both agreed on Mogadore as the bedrock to build their restaurant. Aaron’s passion for food and Joe’s passion for business are the perfect combination to give their friends, families and customers great food in a classic historical setting.
The building was built in 1927 as a World War I veterans lodge and soon became the original post office of Mogadore. Aaron’s great grandparents, Nettie and Warren Hale) were the original postmasters. Both Joe and Aaron’s fathers received their first hair cuts in the barber shop that was located in the basement of the building in the late 40’s and early 50’s. An auto parts store came and went. Early in 1980, Joe’s uncle purchased the building and ran the Harris Trophy Company for close to thirty years.
Joe and Aaron and numerous friends and family spent close to four years restoring and reviving the old building to its present state. Everything was brought up to code and the original charm and value was uncovered. Look for the “Mogadore” bricks. All the brick and clay tile were made right here in town at one of the clay factories. Also, the original doors and casings were reused, as well as the old staircase to the barber shop, as showpieces on bar and server station. The original sink and mirror from the barber shop were put back into use. The sink is in the bathroom and the mirror is on the wall next to the bar. For the “older” locals, try to find the “EAT” as a reference to the old Coffee Cup sign on the northeast corner of town square.
We hope you will embrace this place and enjoy the incredible food and the time you spend here with family and friends.
We thank you for giving us the opportunity to build history with you, while enjoying all the laughs and storytelling that is sure to fill the room.
Enjoy - Joe Skye and Aaron Hale
Skye and Hale took roughly three years to transform the old brick building, into the warm two-story eatery.