Located directly across the street from A Christmas Story House is The Rowley Inn, a neighborhood gastropub with a gracious and welcoming family friendly atmosphere. Owner, Jon Oberman can often be found behind the bar serving food and drinks to locals and visitors alike. The more than a century old establishment once served as a swing shift bar for the steel mills adorning the river valley behind Cleveland Street. Now, transformed into a top-notch gastropub, having smoothed over some of the Rowley’s rough edges but retaining the rough-and-tumble old Tremont character it remains a local favorite. The menu has been updated with an array of farm-to-table, locally sourced burgers, sandwiches, entrees and a few A Christmas Story themed drinks and dishes to the menu as well.
During the filming the upstairs of the building served as the location for the commissary, make-up and wardrobe as well as a location for post-filming “meetings”. Location scouts interested in renting what is now A Christmas Story House tracked the owner to the house in the The Rowley Inn. Many extras in the movie were patrons who regularly frequented the bar and were there at a minutes notice when someone was needed, and several even still live in the neighborhood. Darren McGavin, who played the old man was a frequent regular at The Rowley Inn after filming was concluded for the day. There are several behind the scene pictures of him at The Rowley Inn during the filming of the movie. They even have an exclusive collection of behind the scenes photos from the filming of A Christmas Story on their walls and website: therowleyinn.com/history-heritage.
1104 Rowley Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44109