Meet The Owners




– Proud father of a valedictorian and a yorkie poo
– All around handy man
– Registered crêpeist




– 1988 bumper bowl champion
– Co-creator of a valedictorian
– 90’s rap enthusiast
– Amateur puzzler
– Expert puzzler




– President of the Put-In-Bay ADHD awarene….look squirrel!
– Student council president (1999-2002)
– Despises yoga
– House Stark

Like many great stories on Put-In-Bay, ours began over margaritas. Somehow light conversations amongst friends, turned into sharing dreams and ambitions. A spark was lit when we realized our plans of starting a business on the island aligned. Little did we know, our future would be filled with trinkets and crêpe batter.

In 2012, we became the proud new owners of the old blacksmith shop on the island. Before we could start renovations, our first task was clearing out the gift shop that stood there for over 20 years. After an extensive remodel, the 120 year old structure was transformed into the building you see today. Many of the original building materials and blacksmithing tools were incorporated into our décor. A bit of each of us can be found in the menus, whether it’s a family recipe or a personal favorite. 

And there you have it, The Forge, a restaurant forged in friendship (and SO many precious moments” We invite you to relax and enjoy yourself while you are with us. And please keep in mind… shared island time with friends , especially over drinks, can lead to big things.

Mike, Gina & Marc