The Que Barbecue & Brew Opens in Ottawa County

Posted on: July 2, 2020

Owners Mel and Barb Ayers are at it again. This time, they’re here to bring a delicious, north coast barbeque spot to the shores of Lake Erie. The Que Barbecue & Brew (formally Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse) underwent an extensive renovation and opened Jun 10th, just in time for summer.

After nearly 15 years of Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse, Mel and Barb are reinventing and bringing something new, but familiar to the people of Ottawa County.  Their inspiration is derived from the distinctly ‘Americana’ nature of barbecue, and the authenticity of the craft that has been growing across the country.

“We’re very excited to get the restaurant opened up. I think people are going to walk in and be amazed at the changes. From the rustic décor with garage doors open to the water front views, to the new patio complete with a bandstand for our frequent evening entertainment, an expansive new bar serving up a long list of IPAs, local brews on tap as well as great craft cocktails” commented Mel Ayers, owner of The Que. “Our Executive Chefs and management team have really taken this to the next level. Our smoked meats are cooked low and slow, our sauces are homemade and the flavors are far from ordinary. We decided to take America’s comfort food and add our own signature style to it.” The menu will feature delicious food items such as Baby Back Ribs, Texas Style Beef Ribs, Pulled Pork, Smoked Prime Rib, North Coast Chili and Jalapeño Corn Bread. Sandwiches, salads, and other low and slow cooked smokehouse meats will be available as well.

Supporting the project is a $150,000 loan applied for and awarded through the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation’s (OCIC) Revolving Loan Fund (RLF).  The RLF is there to support existing and new businesses continue growing in the Ottawa County community.

“Without the over 15 years of supporting the new businesses we’ve brought to Ottawa County, Barb and I could not have done it without the support of OCIC and the  local community. We couldn’t be more appreciative for all they’ve done” said The Ayers’.

The OCIC’s Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program is available for local businesses looking to invest and expansion throughout the county. These programs typically provide down payment assistance and gap financing and serve as a complimentary source of financing together with conventional bank financing. Applications are presented to the Revolving Loan Fund Committee on a first come, first serve basis and projects will be considered until Revolving Loan Funds are depleted. For more information about the Revolving Loan Fund program, please contact the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation at 419-898-6242.

The Que is currently hiring for all positions. Training will begin promptly as the restaurant is open and serving the many guests already enjoying this great new addition to the area. Additionally, The Que offers carryout and curbside service. For more information on their menu and employment, please visit The Que at