Beth and Steve

Beth Larkins, left, is the “best ever” manager according to owner Steve Gasper, right. Beth has been at Miller’s for two years but is from North Vernon and has worked here for more than 20 years. “I love seeing the locals,” she said. She also said the staff at the tavern are great and Steve is the best boss.

Miller’s Tavern, a dining staple in North Vernon, celebrates their grand reopening on April 8. The restaurant had offered lunch and dinner carryout back in December 2020 after a nine-month renovation, but opened back up to allow dining in as well as serving breakfast on Thursday.

Customers will now get to appreciate the full extent of the renovations, which include dark wood paneling on the walls, floors and bar and the ceiling is covered in old-fashioned tiles that give the eatery a high-class saloon atmosphere. But, as always, come as you are, whether you’re dressed to the nines or in muddy boots and jeans. Owner Steve Gasper also made both the ladies’ and the gentlemen’s bathrooms handicap accessible.

Their hours are Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 7 a.m. to midnight. They will continue to be closed on Sundays in order to give the tavern a deep cleaning. By midsummer, they are hoping to open back up on Sundays. Their local, dozen staff members will continue to wear face masks but customers will be asked to follow the requirements put forth by the local Board of Health.

Since their reopening in December, Miller’s has been a non-smoking establishment and will remain so. Gasper has plans to refurbish the exterior of the building and add outdoor seating for people who wish to smoke. Only adults 21 and older will be served; minors cannot be served inside or for carryout.

The weekly specials are:

Monday: Bluegill, Miller’s Classic Cheesy Potato Soup

Tuesday: Taco Salad (they are considering making this a permanent addition to the menu).

Thursday: Manhattan

Friday: Fish, fries and slaw

Make sure you get there early because Miller’s does not take reservations. They also have three seating options: bar, booth or table.

Steve Gasper also owns several of the old buildings in downtown North Vernon, including the one that housed Greathouse Hardware, and he’s working on refurbishing them. The old Sears building and the one next door, 225 E Walnut St, are both under construction and have renters ready to move in once renovations are complete. Watch the Plain Dealer & Sun for more information.