SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) – According to folklore, Ed “Spot” Miller parked his chuckwagon in downtown Sidney in 1907 to sell hot meals. When the city refused to let him vend food from a wagon, the budding entrepreneur removed the wheels and added some awnings to create a permanent stand at the corner of Court Street and Ohio Avenue.
112 years later at the same corner, The Spot serves hundreds of customers every day in its much bigger building. It’s expanded to hold indoor seating and drive-up hop service, but the retro-decor and food made from scratch maintains the restaurant’s nostalgia.
“We are the last remaining restaurant that was here before the interstate was built and we’re still going strong,” said current owner Michael Jannides.
Jannides credits The Spot’s longevity to its reliable menu and previous owners’ willingness to adapt to changing times.
“We’ve added some things, obviously, through the years,” said Jannides. “But if you go back and look at some of our menus from the 40s and 50s, you’re still going to see hamburgers, pie. All that’s been on the menu for quite a while.”
Notable favorites at The Spot include fresh-ground hamburgers, hand-breaded onion rings, and homemade old fashioned cream pie.
“It’s special,” said customer Emily Boerger. “That’s something you get here. It’s a special environment you don’t find anywhere else.”
The Spot is located at 201 South Ohio Street, Sidney, Ohio 45365. You can find the restaurant’s website by clicking here.