Anyone who grew up in Beavercreek probably has more than a few fond memories of the Bellfair Country Store & Restaurant. It’s quaint rustic atmosphere inside and unmistakable look of an old-time red barn on the outside is the stuff of childhood memories.

But if you left Beavercreek for a time and recently moved back, you might be wondering, ” What ever happened to the Bellfair Country Store?” For those of you who missed the abrupt announcement of it’s closing in early 2003, the year it sat vacant and the later renovation, we have the story.

The Bellfair Country Store and Restaurant was a fixture in Beavercreek throughout the city’s history. It was even around before Beavercreek officially became a city in 1980. It first opened it’s doors in 1965 on the corner of North Fairfield a Lantz Roads. The place was part restaurant and part antiques shop with an old-time rustic theme. Walls were adorned with trinkets and mementos from the past and on the inside it looked as if little had changed since it first opened it’s doors.

The photo on the left is what the Bellfair Country Store looked like in early 2004 after a year of sitting vacant. The photo on the right shows the property today, renamed Brook-Field Station and housing Nedelko’s Banquet Hall plus a number of other businesses. Photos © Craig Barhorst

But in early 2003, the owner, Gary Deis abruptly announced that he was retiring. He said that the place was for sale and if no one came forward to buy it, Bellfair Country Store would close it’s doors at the end of February of that year.

Reports from the time say he was asking for over 1 million dollars for the building and it’s 5 acres of property but rumors had also circulated around town that the building needed a lot of work. No one purchased the building for his asking price and the property remained vacant for nearly a year. In February of 2004, Brook-Field Station Ltd. bought the property for $279,000 and began a complete renovation of the structure.

After sitting vacant for a year, the building was showing visible signs of distress including peeling paint. Brook-Field Station Ltd added new siding to the structure and the inside was completely renovated to house the building’s largest occupant, Nedelko’s Banquet and Reception Hall. The building also houses offices for State Farm Insurance, Ambiance Hair Salon, Jill’s Deli-licious, All About Pink and Rubber Bowl.

The inside of Nedelko’s features polished brass chandeliers, sconce lighting and cornsilk colored walls. It seats up to 118 guests and features a dance floor. Nedelko’s is available for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners and any other corporate or personal events that require a banquet hall.