Thursday, March 13, 2014


Hidden away in a quaint Ohio village surrounded by fertile land and family farms, a new restaurant is rising. The Old Arcana Eating House & Events is planning to open their doors in May, offering a truly unique blend of “rural roots” food and entertainment to the Miami Valley area.

The Old Arcana is the first restaurant concept developed by JLS Hospitality Group, leveraging the combined expertise of Jeff Besecker leading the team’s menu development, Shannon Perry Clark handling Arcana’s musicians and entertainment and Leslie Handshoe-Suter leading brand development, marketing, and event planning.

JLS Hospitality Group’s mission is to create restaurant and hospitality concepts that are not only unique in personality, but also authentic to their location. The Old Arcana was created around the restaurant’s rather rural location in the small village of Arcanum, Ohio. “The definition of Arcanum actually means a “secret” or “mystery,” says Leslie Handshoe-Suter. “It’s this charming little town just a step or two off the beaten path with brick streets, a beautiful history and a progressive spirit.”

The Old Arcana concept was created with Arcanum’s authentic history in mind. Their food is real. From scratch. Their recipes have Midwestern roots and are infused with New American passion. The restaurant plans to feature live musicians regularly with a focus on American roots music, including bluegrass, gospel, folk and the blues.

“At The Old Arcana, we believe in food and music that nourish the body and the soul,” says Chef Jeff Besecker. Shannon Clark adds, “The combination is, without a doubt, a powerful remedy. It is the secret elixir of a happy, healthy life.”

The Old Arcana will open daily from 7AM-4PM, serving breakfast and lunch in the Arcana dining room as well as daily carry out options from the bakery case. Saturdays and Sundays at The Old Arcana will feature a “Bluegrass Brunch from 8AM-3PM, offering a unique brunch menu and live bluegrass music from 11-2. The Ivy & Esther Room, located on the second floor of The Old Arcana, is a 125-seat venue for “Public Happening and Events” of all kinds. The Old Arcana will offer turnkey event planning and catering services for personal and corporate events.

“We want to share the “secret” of Arcanum with the rest of the Miami Valley area.” Says Suter. “What better way to do that than through whole, honest, locally sourced food and music?”

A date for The Old Arcana’s official grand opening celebration will be announced in coming weeks.

About The Old Arcana Eating House & Events:
The Old Arcana combines the magic of great food and soul inspiring music in a charming, historic environment. Learn more about The Old Arcana by visiting their web site at, their Facebook page at For questions about scheduling an upcoming event at The Ivy & Esther Room, please inquire at

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