According to a Mansfield News Journal story, there are two caverns located underneath the eatery. Sitting side by side, they feature 20 foot-tall ceilings and are more than 16 feet, wide made from hand-carved sandstone. The new eatery’s website says the caverns were likely built sometime during the Civil War era (between 1850 and 1865), and were originally used by brewers to cold-ferment lagers.
Rick Taylor, the owner of Hudson & Essex, decided to capitalize on the unlike discovery, and converted the caverns into the brand-new fine dining concept. The space took years of work to make habitable, but the result is a truly unique–and unexpectedly spacious–restaurant
Now, after waiting three years for city approval and months of renovations, visitors can travel by elevator down below Hudson & Essex for reservations at Prohibition on Friday and Saturday evenings. The space can hold 40 guests and is available for private events, including wedding rehearsal dinners.
Prohibition’s menu boasts a rotating selection, including fry bread and goat cheese, charred trout with lemon aioli, Peking goose, blackberry sorbet, apple cake, and gingerbread ice cream. The experience is available for $190 per person with wine pairings of $165 per person without wine. View a sample menu here.
Prohibition at the Caverns
Rear of 51 East 4th Street
Mansfield, OH, 44902