A100 Year Old Family Restaurant

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Michael Hoffman
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2012/02/07 12:05:42 (permalink)

A100 Year Old Family Restaurant

Watts Restaurant in Utica, Ohio is celebrating its 100th year as a family-operated eatery. Here's the story from the Columbus Dispatch:
 
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2012/02/07/winning-recipe.html
 
The country fried steak and the meatloaf are terrific. And the place is just up the road from the Velvet Ice Cream plant and parlor.
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    Davydd
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    Re:A100 Year Old Family Restaurant 2012/02/07 12:58:55 (permalink)
    Impressive, especially being a continuous one family operated eatery. Nick's Kitchen in Huntington, IN is up to 104 years in the same location but has been owned by different families.
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    Re:A100 Year Old Family Restaurant 2012/02/07 14:42:07 (permalink)
    It's a pretty neat place for plain old comfort food. And the fact that it's so close to the Velvet Ice Cream place makes it even better.
     
    Unfortunately, two 65 year old restaurants just shut down. One, the Old Trail, was a mom and pop type place. The other, the Clarmont, was a terrific steak house, as well as a full service breakfast and lunch operation. At the Clarmont you'd run into governors. legislators, supreme court justices and power brokers of all stripes. It was a power breakfast and power lunch spot. I don't know what killed the Olt Trail, but according to the owner of the Clarmont it was the economy that did his place in.
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    Re:A100 Year Old Family Restaurant 2012/02/07 15:34:52 (permalink)
    100 years!  Now that is something to be proud of!  I love the fact that they spent so many of those years with an unlisted phone number.
     
    Michael, I realize I am probably asking the wrong person, but how are those cream pies?  Thanks for bringing this place to our attention. 
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    Re:A100 Year Old Family Restaurant 2012/02/07 15:45:14 (permalink)
    buffetbuster, I'm afraid I can't tell you anything about the pies. While I do love a good banana cream pie, the Velvet Ice Cream place down the road gets me for an after meal visit. I think most people disagree with me, but I prefer Velvet ice cream to Graeter's. I'll try to remember to ask my grandson about the Watts cream pies next time I get to talk with him. He's certainly eaten his share of them.
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    Re:A100 Year Old Family Restaurant 2012/02/09 16:06:05 (permalink)
    Well now you can take your better half and she can give us her opinion on the pies and you can have the ice cream
     
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    Re:A100 Year Old Family Restaurant 2012/02/09 19:02:37 (permalink)
    She's had the ice cream. I'll have to check to see whether she'll want some of the pie.
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    Re:A100 Year Old Family Restaurant 2012/02/13 02:59:34 (permalink)
    Congratulations for that. It's one of the few businesses that survives a hundred of years in the industry and yet a very successful one. 
     
    Thank you.
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    Re:A100 Year Old Family Restaurant 2012/02/21 18:15:25 (permalink)
    I'm going there this summer for CFS. Thanks.
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    Re:A100 Year Old Family Restaurant 2012/03/15 22:33:33 (permalink)
    I'll have to check that out - thanks for the tip - And for the Ice Cream suggestion!
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