A few words about us
Let us introduce ourselves
John Sparr Tavern owners Rick Powell and Dave Fink are ex-Disney Imagineers who have lived in Glendale for the past 30 years. With roots in upstate New York, they have fond memories of the cuisines and charm of the East Coast taverns of their youth and wanted to build one for everyone to enjoy right here in the Sparr Heights District of Glendale.
As Powell puts it, there are few memories of upstate New York more pleasant and enduring than those of the great times that he had at Blessings Tavern, the local establishment where he and his grandfather would meet to enjoy really good food, drinks and the enduring conviviality of owner and seemingly ever-present host, Ed Blessing.
While Fink too had his first draught beer at Blessing’s Tavern, his more recent discovery of Bender’s Tavern in Canton, Ohio…his favorite restaurant in America…was the inspiration for lots of the design elements of the John Sparr Tavern. Even the Good Food sign on the front of the Ocean View Tavern is “borrowed” from Bender’s, as are the floor-to-ceiling marble walls, mosaic tile floors and tin ceilings.
While it will be pretty obvious to all who enter that Fink and Powell built their dream tavern, they hope that the food, drinks, service and hospitality will make it just as clear that this is the neighborhood’s place to be enjoyed and shared by all who come.