201 South Ohio Street, Sidney, Ohio 45365
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picture of The SPOT and The Sidney "Teen Center")
- 1930s to 1950s - Rose Ann
(Sailor) English - firstname.lastname@example.org - My
parents told me that my first restaurant experience was at
in Sidney (where we lived at the time). They told me that when they saw us coming in the
door they got out the high chair for me. That was back in the late 30's to early 40's. In
the 50's that was the only place to go for our favorite breaded veal tenderloin and frosties (the original).
- 1950s - Shirley (Clinehens)
Ashabranner - Mashabrann@aol.com
- Growing up in Sidney my family always frequented the Spot. Mr. Hepler was
the owner when I was in the old Sidney High School. It was fun going there
after school and getting the frosties and cokes and playing the Juke Box. We
always went there after football games and movies as well. I would save
enough for my favorite cheeseburger. It came wrapped in a square of paper
that said. "A hamburger from the Spot, with a pickle on top, makes your
heart go flip pity flop." Wish I had one now, along with, of course, Old
Fashioned Cream Pie. I have tried to duplicate that darn pie, but to no
avail. Guess I will just have to keep coming back to Ohio from Florida to
get "my fix." I too stop at the "Spot" on the way from
Dayton airport and once carried three of those cream pies back to Florida
with me. It is like being in a time warp when I go there and I look forward
to my next visit.
- 1958 to 1964 - Karen (Reish)
Ver Wayne - Karen@VerWayne.net
- My fondest memories are junior high and high school. We always walked over
to the Spot after The Teen Canteen Dance at the Methodist Church on Saturday
night. Everyone always went to the Spot to see who was there and who was going
to be driving by. The same after football and basketball games. This is the
place where my now husband and I flirted with each other for many weeks from
afar before becoming a "couple". After years of coming back to visit and going
to The Spot I was glad to see the décor return to the 60’s rather than the
blue ducks on a wallpaper border. We have a restaurant here in California
called Ruby’s Diner which looks like the Spot. We like to eat there because it
reminds us of our home town.
- 1950s to 1960s - Danny Bulle
- email@example.com - Always stop at
when I come home from Wisconsin! The pies are still the best, and there is nothing like the tenderloin
sandwiches. Remember, cruising Sidney thru Frisches and stopping at
for a burger and chocolate malt. In an ever changing world, The Spot
has been an anchor, remaining a constant, never changing, and always
- 1950s to 1960s - Terri
Kerrigan Bunker - firstname.lastname@example.org -
was the only "Spot" in town - every
teen ended up there after any evening activity. Always reminds me of
Arnolds on Happy Days! Those were the days...
- 1960 to 1964 - Connie Packer Helman -
- "The Spot" was the place to go! Every teenager went there after ball games,
dances, movies or just to have a place to go. If you couldn't drive yet, this
is where you went to call your parents to come and pick you up. The management
allowed kids to use the phone to call their parents. Sometimes we didn't have
enough money to buy a hamburger or fries so we would pool our money and share
but at least we were there! I still go to "The Spot" with my kids and my
grandkids. What great memories!
- 1960s - Penny (Sullenberger)
Coleman - email@example.com -
My dad, Charlie Sullenberger, worked at the Spot in Sidney, Ohio, where I
was born and raised. He made, among other things, the Old Fashioned Cream
Pie my mother loved so much. I spent many Friday nights at the Teen Center,
then across the street to the Spot. Whenever I go back for a visit (which is
far too seldom), the Spot is a must stop.
- 1960s - Diane Blank -
Blamissmaggi@verizon.net - My
memories of The Spot were from Piqua, not Sidney. Unfortunately, since
the Piqua location closed, I now go to Sidney when I return to Piqua for my
high school reunions. My Dad, who was a business owner in Piqua, knew Jack Heppler who owned the Piqua restaurant, so we thought that we could get the
recipe for "the pie" years after we left the Ohio restaurant. Mr Heppler was
steadfast, however, and would not give it up. Fortunately, I had a high school
friend who was close to someone who had worked there a long time and provided
the recipe. It never tastes as good as it does AT The Spot though!
- 1962/1963 and Current - Mary (Loveley)
Heikkinen - no email - My family moved to Sidney in 1961. The SPOT
certainly played a part in allowing me to "fit in" in a new town. I loved
going to SHS and knowing my neighbors!! The SPOT was a regular stop-day or
night. I have stopped many times (both alone and with my children) throughout
the years to get a "Big Buy" or a piece of Strawberry Pie!! (and to take a
"nostalgia trip" to a sweeter time). The SPOT is not only a piece of
Americana, but a part of my memories of a period that is near and dear to me.
I'm always so glad to see that it's still there!
- Late 1960s - Jan (Hittepole) Minniear
- firstname.lastname@example.org -
was a great place to hang out after going to the show or the Teen
Center. Several boys I went to school with had a crush on one of the waitresses there.......who just happened to be my older sister, Carol. What great memories!
- Late 1960s - Mark Borchers -
email@example.com - When I was
growing up in Sidney, the Spot also had drive-in service in the lot behind the
restaurant. We kids thought that was fun, but we also enjoyed getting to eat
inside, where we would flip through the tabletop jukebox things during the
meal. I took my kids back to Sidney to see the town and to eat at The Spot
a few years ago. Still great food, the place has not changed very much.
- Early 1970s - Barbara Grimes
- Barbara.Grimes@jhuapl.edu - I work with a
friend that constantly talks about The Spot.........her
favorite memory is a cream pie. Since she now lives in Maryland, and gets homesick from
time to time, I would love to be able to surprise her for her birthday in August and make
this pie for her. Would you be willing to share this recipe with me? (UPDATE:
Barry and Michael
emailed Barbara and told her they could not share the secret recipe with her. However, in
the future they hope to sell The SPOT's pies on their Web site. So hold-on Barbara, soon you will be able to order
a delicious Old Fashion Cream Pie from
The Spot through their secure server
on their Web site, and you and your friend will be enjoying an Old Fashion Cream Pie in
- 1973 to 1975 - Dan Shaffer - firstname.lastname@example.org
- I have many fine memories of The Spot.
I worked there as a stockboy for a good two to three years. I am now retired
from the army and am living in upstate New York. I would really love to have
a tenderloin and a piece of that cream pie right now. I can remember
cleaning the meat cooler after Dale would cut meat. I can almost hear him
yelling, Dan this cooler is not clean try again. Or on Saturday morning
cleaning the windows after a Friday night football game. Or putting up the
daily special on the carport in a snowstorm. To many good memories to
mention. All I know is I will return some day soon to have a feast at
- 1970s - Tom Counts - email@example.com
- Although I now live on the Florida gulf coast anytime I come home one of the top things to do on my list is stop by The Spot
for a tenderloin sandwich and a piece of that famous old fashioned cream pie.
It was nice to know that on those cold wintry days that you could always stop by for a slice of pie and a coke.
I have lived and seen many cities in my travels but going to
is still a favorite for me and my dad when I come home to visit. I have yet to find the taste of
The Spot's old fashioned equaled anywhere!
Tom Counts, Dunedin, Florida
- 1970s to 1980s - Scott Kuna
- firstname.lastname@example.org - Saving my lunch money from
Bridgeview Middle School and getting a burger or fries after school. But the best
treat was the Old Fashion Cream Pie. I wonder if it taste the same. Barry, hope your
doing well, Scott.
- 1992 - Paul Barga - email@example.com - I remember going out to
eat with my parents after I got out of foster care. My family had a great time there.
- August 22, 1999 - Scott Phelps
- firstname.lastname@example.org - I returned to my hometown of Sidney for the first time in nearly 30 years. When I arrived in town (at 7:30 on a Sunday
morning) after flying all night, the very first thing I did, before anything else, was stop by
The Spot for a Coke and piece of pie. It didn't matter to me what time of day it was. The important thing was doing it. And right away. I am now safely back to my "day job" of being the Press Secretary to the Mayor of Phoenix Arizona. And on my desk is my souvenir from that memory-filled morning: A green, spotted, paper cup from you know where.
- December 6, 1999 - Duane Mullen
- email@example.com - Still fresh in
my memory is the scrumptious tenderloin sandwich I had just yesterday from
The Spot. Dine in, drive in, carry out,
The Spot is still one of the best eateries in America.
Memories really began in the '60s. Just about old enough to hang out and old enough to get
into trouble. And there was The Spot . . . linger over a Coke,
hang out, and if you got loud, Dale Anspach would let you know what trouble was.
"Up the road a piece" were bright lights like Eagles Park, Silver Gardens, Shady
Park, Edgewater Park, just about all the trouble you could hope for. And then hope you
could get back to Sidney before The Spot
closed. Coke, coffee, cheesecake with cherry sauce, and pass around the mints to take beer
and cigarettes off your breath (HA!)
The Spot, or kitty corner across the way on the Court Square
after being run out of The Spot, was THE place to meet
before an evening started, half way thru the evening as your cruising gas was about gone,
and at the end of the evening when it was too early to go home. See and be seen.
Outrageous tales of combat (mostly true) and heated tales of love (mostly not true), all
for the price of a Coke and fries (or onion rings; yes those lightly breaded, world-class
sisters to the pungent slices Dale would pile on a
As the years have passed (drum roll here), many things at
have changed: decor, owners, and, fortunately, very little of the menu. If you've hung
around there enough, you'll notice there's not a great turnover in employees, either.
Through marriage and children (one worked at
for nearly seven years, and the other at the sister store - Frisches) I've watched
The Spot continue to be a great place for young people and adults
to meet and talk, to grab a bite at lunch, to eat before the movie, to sit in the drive-in
when too grubby to go inside (that must have been the '70s or '80s because nothing seems
too grubby today), or to just run down to pick up a carryout order.
Did I mention bean soup with enough ham in it to make a sandwich . . . just chop up some
onions, please, "on the side".
And holidays. We can't forget the holidays. Right there next to turkey and dressing
there's always one or two or three of those extraordinary
The Spot. It's been there my entire life. There has to have been
a million pounds of hamburger and a river of old fashioned crème flow out of those doors.
And yes, that was a scrumptious tenderloin sandwich I had from
The Spot just yesterday.
- August 28, 2004 - Salm Morrow -
PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH ATE LUNCH AT THE SPOT TODAY.
- 2006 - Kimberlie Willman-Federer -
I grew up in Sidney with my family but after we moved when I was 13, we hardly
had a chance to visit. My fond memories of growing up are of the awesome pies
and hamburgers. We were back in town for our cousin's wedding Jacquie Willman
and had the opportunity to come and eat several times. My husband Kyle had
never been to Sidney having been born and raised in Florida, so this was an
experience for him. Thanks for the fond memories of my childhood. I was lucky
to let me oldest daughter Karli experience a little of what I had at her age
(she is now 7).
- June 15, 2006 - Philip Thomas -
firstname.lastname@example.org - My
first time to "The Spot" was with my "at the time" fiancé. We had gone to
visit the family and, everyone wanted to go to THE SPOT for strawberry pie. I
am not one to eat Strawberry pie so I had Black Raspberry. From that moment
until now, when I think about pies, I think about The Spot. I was like walking
into another time. I took pictures and sent them to my Mom and she said it
reminded her of the local restaurant they used to hang out in as kids. Thanks
for a bonding experience and one I will always cherish. The first place I ate
in spouse's hometown!
- December 10, 2007 - Barbara Kinsey -
I got a chance to stop in for just a few
minutes on Monday, but what great minutes they were. I have lived in Florida
for over 30 years and have not had a chance to visit Sidney in quite a while.
My grandfather, Ray Anderson would tell me stories when I was a little girl
about how he and Joe Cook worked in the restaurant and about rebuilding it
after the fire. He and my grandmother would make the same delicious burgers
and bean soup at his home when we would come up from Cincinnati to visit. When
I would come to visit them for a week in the summer I always begged to go to
the Spot for a shake. My parents, Dick and June Wolf would always talk about
going to the Spot or the Purity. It's as though both places have always been a
part of my life. It was nice to see all of the history displayed and wonderful
to see how well taken care of the restaurant and traditions are. It's good for
the heart to see that some really great things don't change.
- November 12, 2008
- Wade Jennings
email@example.com - Went to
the Spot for the first time with friend from Sidney and loved the the place.
We sat in the booth that President Bush used and had a great time in that
wonderful old atmosphere. Sure brought back memories of our old town eatery
that has long been gone. Great service and food with happy people! We will
be back soon!
- April 19, 2008
- Pat (Jones) Turney
- firstname.lastname@example.org -
Growing up in a small town has it's pluses and minuses (ie. everyone knows
everyone a plus and everyone knows everyone a minus.) One fond memory of the
spot is hanging out there after the football game or after riding around in
your car. I've been gone now for 28 years but return several times a year to
visit family and a stop at the spot is always on the agenda. My three kids,
all grown now have the same urge when they come to Ohio. They're hooked too
and the spot is a must for them. Our next trip up will be in two weeks and
I'm looking forward to our visit to the spot for a tenderloin and chili and
memories of days gone by. Oh and don't forget the black raspberry or
- May 24, 1996 - Robert M
Burns Jr. - email@example.com
- The last time my Grandfather, Harry L Wagner, and me sat down to eat at
The Spot before he died of prostate cancer. Our normal meal, Cheeseburger
and fries. I would have a Coke, and he would have a coffee. I take my kids
there now, and they love their cheeseburgers as well. Of course, now I get a
Big Buy and an order of Mushrooms.
- Late 1960s - Early 1970s - R. Michael Johnson
firstname.lastname@example.org - My father, Richard C. 'Dick'
Johnson, passed away a few years ago. And I have long since moved from the
Sidney area. However, one of the fondest memories I have of my childhood is
going to The Spot with Dad. Every year around my birthday, I would receive a
special birthday club certificate in the mail. Dad would take me to The Spot
and we would share the kind of father and son moments that stay with one an
entire lifetime. Whenever I venture back to Sidney to visit my mother, I am
reminded fondly of those times with Dad at The Spot. Thanks for giving a
little kid from Bennett Street a memory that has lasted four decades.
- November 25, 2009 - Pete Boyd -
email@example.com - I was
in Sidney for 3 days to work. I was looking for a good hamburger, cooked
after I ordered it. I found the spot by total accident. My Lucky Day! I had
a burger and a chocolate malt. I was hooked. The same the next day except we
added some fries. The last day we had an OSU burger (even though I'm from
Michigan) It was great. The people, the food, the building all great and
fun! I hope I can come back there some day to your beautiful, nice town.
- 1950's - 1970's
- Diana Burchett Hayes
- firstname.lastname@example.org - I STILL love the
SPOT, although it's been many years since I've been there. When Mom was
still alive and I'd visit her, I couldn't wait to get my hamburger and piece
of pie! I now have a colorful framed poster of The Spot on my family room
wall! My grandmother baked pies for the restaurant in the 40's or 50's. Does
anyone remember the tokens The Spot gave out? A favorite memory is of my
dad, having collected around 30 of them in his lifetime, suddenly remembered
he had them one evening and ordered 30 hamburgers, paying for every one of
them with a token! He came home laughing,
recounting to us the look on the faces of The Spot's employees! Next time
I'm in Sidney, I'll see you at our favorite Spot!
- From 1960 to 1973 - Doug Couchot -
email@example.com - The
Spot in Piqua was a couple of blocks from my parent's house. It was also
close to Piqua Central, and very popular then. That was the big hang out
place. They had the best hamburgers, and nothing came close to their Old
Fashion Crème Pie. I used to have lots of relatives in Sidney, and
sometimes went to that one. I've lived in Florida for many years, and
nothing comes close to the Spot.
- Early 1970s - Penny Simes Willis -
firstname.lastname@example.org - My memories of
'The Spot' are when I used to stay over night with my Grandma Zimpher and
every Saturday morning, we would walk to downtown Sidney to shop and have
lunch at The Spot! It was the only place to get the Best Hamburgers in town!
She and I had the best times together, sitting inside, enjoying our food and
talking. That was our special time together.
My Grandma Simes use to go there just to get a bowl of Vegetable soup, her
very favorite! When she went into the nursing home, my dad would go get her
on a Saturday and take her to get her bowl of soup. Those were special times
for my dad and his mother.
Sadly both of my grandmas have passed away, but I will always cherish these
special memories, in fact, every time I drive by there, I think of them and
how much they enjoyed it-always brings a smile to my face :-) I found out
recently that my own Father Lowell Simes, worked here when he was young man.
He said the appearance has changed, but the food is still the Best in Town!
Thanks for keeping 'The Spot' around all these years!
- 1930s - Verna (Martin) Bitzow -
email@example.com - My first
memory of Cook's Spot (owned and run by Joe Cook and Whitey Henman) was in
Piqua in the 1930's, crawling up on a stool and ordering a "hambooga" since
I couldn't pronounce "r's" and they wouldn't fill my order unless I ordered
it myself. Then on to live south of Sidney in 1941 and the trips to the Spot
where I had my first cheeseburger and a frosted malt. Oh yes, then high
school and those lunches at the Spot and a stop at the Olympia for fudge. I
now share a recipe for old fashioned cream pie that I am told is better than
the Spot's. I think it is because I put a lot more filling in them, and lot
more calories but the atmosphere is missing!
- Late 1940s to 1960 - Roger Shepherd -
firstname.lastname@example.org - I lived
out in the country, Rural Route 3 and every Saturday my brother Bill and I
would get to come to town and go to the movies. There were two theaters
then. We called them the little show and the big show. I think the "Big
Show" is still there, it was really the Capital Theater.
After the show my brother and I would walk to the spot to meet up with my
Grandmother, Clara Shepher, who by then had finished her weekly shopping. I
remember well the great hamburgers, pies and shakes.
When the Orange Township School merged with the Sidney school district, I
was going into eighth grade. I then attended Sidney High School (the old
one) and we were permitted to leave campus for lunch...it is an easy guess
where we showed up most days. I remember when the spot sold to Mr. Hepler...
we all thought it was going to be the end of a great era...it was
not...tradition was maintained.
My dad worked at The Spot back when Whitey Henman and Ott were there. They
later opened Whitey and Ott's, a restaurant just beside the jail. My
Grandmother cooked for them and made those veal sandwiches. I could go on...
- 1950 to 1954 - Tom Applegate -
email@example.com - Sidney High
School. The Spot was the place. The French Fries, chili, pork sandwiches and
frosties. I visit there every time I visit Dayton with my oldest brother.
Had many good times at the Spot.
- 1957 - David Jamieson -
- The picture has to be 1957 or 1958 and the Cadillac is "Buck" Blake's
which his father allowed him to drive it to the prom. I return to the Spot
every time I return to Sidney. It was the place to be!
- 1950 to 2002 - Jeaniece Servis Bumgardner
- firstname.lastname@example.org - I was
born and raised in Sidney, In 1952 I met my high school sweetheart, Art
Bumgardner, we would stop at the Spot every Friday night after the football
game and have a Spot hamburger, fries and a coke. Art played trumpet in the
marching band and the dance band. After we were married and moved away when
we came back to visit my mom and dad (Helen and Shorty), Art's mom and dad
(Doris and Herb) a trip to the Spot was always part of that visit. Later
after my dad died and my mother married Joe Eshman we would visit them and
of course always stop at the Spot sometime during the visit. My favorite
treat after the famous Spot hamburger was black raspberry pie and coffee,
unforgettable. My kids and their families still talk about the trips to
Sidney and about The Spot hamburgers...
- 1940s to 1950s - Jim North -
email@example.com - We were to
poor to eat out often, but when we did it was always SPOT hamburgers. I
don't get back to Sidney (Albuquerque, New Mexico), but when I do the SPOT
is a must stop. Frisch's was another ""Drive thru" hang-out.....
- 1960s to 2010 - Carlyn Bowman Gunnell -
firstname.lastname@example.org - Always
favorite place for best burgers, tenderloins & outrageous pies. Was the
favorite place to end a date, now first place to go to when we're home to
visit. Definitely still the best place to meet & greet. Especially wonderful
that little has changed over the years, sure hope my kids & grands will be
saying the same thing 50 years from now!
- 1950s - Darrell Webb -
EVERYBODY WENT TO THE SPOT WHEN THEY WERE DOWNTOWN. BEST HAMBURGER I HAVE
EVER HAD I WORKED IN DAYTON FOR 30 YEARS AND WOULD GET ORDERS FROM PEOPLE I
WORKED WITH FOR HAMBURGERS AND PIE FROM THE SPOT EVEN TOOK PIES FOR
CHRISTMAS DINNER TO WORK STILL GREAT PLACE TO TAKE GRAND KIDS THEY LOVE IT.
- 1960s - Jo Young Hall -
email@example.com - I remember the
Spot as being the place to meet my friends. We loved that place and I still
stop in occasionally. My grandpa had Hetzel's Confectionery just across and
down the street a few doors, and when I had to spend time there as my mom
worked there, I would go to the Spot and visit with my friends. I love the
new decorating they have now. Just a neat, fun place. We would go to the
sock hops at the Methodist Church and then go to The Spot! What great
memories we have of those days. It has always been there for us and I hope
it is there for many more generations to come for my grandchildren!!
- Present - Warren Koogler -
firstname.lastname@example.org - My wife
and I have a daughter who works at the Kettering Police Department.
Occasionally, when she comes home, and the officer's are aware of it, she is
requested to return with a whole bag of goodies from The Spot. The Famous
Spot name sure gets around.
- December 10, 2011 - Uncle Cracker -
email@example.com - I
took a picture of my 82 year old mom eating 1/2 of a pork tenderloin
sandwich and tagged it to her phone number. The half sandwich is twice the
size of her noggin. She would have have had to dislocate her jaw; like a
snake, to eat half a pork tenderloin from THE SPOT.
- 1966 to 1969 - Sara Wilson Gamble -
My family moved to Sidney from Texas in 1966, and The Spot quickly became
one of our favorite places. We had gone to The Spot a couple times before
when we were vacationing up there and staying with some dear friends. Our
moms would load up 8 kids and take us there for those good hamburgers. The
breaded tenderloin sandwiches were always delicious. My favorite pie has
always been the old-fashioned cream pie, but the strawberry runs a close
second! We've been back for several visits in the years since, and The Spot
is absolutely a "must go to" place for at least two meals! LOVE The Spot!
- 1981 to 1983 - Dave Ross -
- After owning THE SPOT for a year, Bob Eilert decided to start a men's
softball team, installing himself as first baseman, his son as batboy, and
John Harman as head coach, all with excellent results. We definitely had
fun including road trips to Tiffin, Bascom, & Chickasaw.
- 1960s - Tom Crusey -
firstname.lastname@example.org - Growing up in
Sidney everyone hung out at the Spot. It was the place to see friends and to
be seen. I moved away from Sidney in 1964 and back in 1972 and away again in
1983. Whenever I would return for a visit, we had to eat at least once at
the Spot. Every time I would see at least one person I knew. The last time
there was the September 2011, and sure enough ran into an old friend. It's
hard to believe but 47 years after I moved away and still seeing people I
knew. I truly love living in Florida, but do miss the tenderloin with
everything sauce, chili and old fashioned cream pie. Yumm.
- 1952 - Dan Simes -
Dlsimes@frontier.com - Today Nov.
8, 2012 we celebrated my Dad's 85 Birthday at "The Spot" where back in 1952
my dad worked here. This was when the Cooks owned The Spot. He was telling
us his memories of how the restaurant was back then. It is quite interesting
hearing how everything was back then. My memories are of my grandma and I
coming over to the Spot for breakfast when I would spend the night at her
apartment over the theater just down the block. Unfortunately she is not
with us now, but We and especially Dad had a great time tonight! Thank you
for being here 60 years later so my Dad could celebrate his 85th Birthday at
The Spot! By the way the pumpkin pie was delicious! Kind Regards, Dan Sime
- 1990-2010 - Sonya Thomas -
email@example.com - I
lived in Sidney for many years with my parents Ray end Lois Thomas and we
moved to Tennessee where I currently live. I have many memories of the spot
with my family actually a few family members worked there (Sheila Todd and
Wanda Russell) many years ago. I still taste the pies but the hamburgers can
not be beat. I do not make it to Sidney very often but when I do my favorite
place to stop will always be The Spot not just for the food but for my
memories as well. I think my first visit I remember I was 8 years old and my
last visit was last January 2013.I love the food and I hope to visit again
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