December 2, 2021


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Here’s what Rick Volz, the late founder of Voltzy’s Root Beer Stand, told a DDN restaurant reviewer in 2004

a man cooking in a kitchen preparing food: Rick Volz, founder of Voltzy's Root Beer Stand in Moraine, died Monday, Feb. 1 in Kettering Medical Center after a lengthy illness. FILE

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Rick Volz, founder of Voltzy’s Root Beer Stand in Moraine, died Monday, Feb. 1 in Kettering Medical Middle soon after a lengthy disease. FILE

Far more than 16 years in the past, Rick Volz explained to former Dayton Day by day News food editor and cafe critic Ann Heller that his Voltzy’s Root Beer Stand in Moraine was the “only Mobil 6-star diner in the state.”

And he was just acquiring warmed up.

The announcement Monday that Volz, the beloved founder of the burger-and-soup joint in Moraine, had died at Kettering Health-related Center after a extended disease prompted an outpouring of tributes and recollections on the carryout restaurant’s Fb site. Volz had operated the Moraine carryout restaurant for much more than 30 many years. It has been found at 4668 Springboro Pike for a lot more than a ten years, right after having moved from its primary trailer spot at 3578 Kettering Blvd.

Pictures: Rick Volz and some of the famous burgers of Voltzy’s Root Beer Stand fame

Heller — who herself develop a faithful following of Dayton-spot foodies all through her very long tenure of composing about meals and dining establishments for the DDN — wrote a assessment or types of Voltzy’s in June of 2004.

Under a headline of “Voltzy’s serves up a side of humor with its ‘six-star’ fare,” here’s what Heller experienced to say about the more substantial-than-lifetime Rick Volz and some of his popular menu things, which include what was then a $29, 9-pound burger. Foodies will take note her reference to Anne Kearney and Tom Sand, who returned to their hometown of Dayton from New Orleans, where by they had operated a critically acclaimed restaurant, and went on to located the former Rue Dumaine in Washington Twp.:

“On trip I was consuming at Peristyle, a person of the best places to eat in New Orleans. It is owned and operated by Anne Kearney, a chef and a Dayton indigenous, and her husband, Tom Sand. She has been named a major chef in the country by the James Beard Affiliation, Foodstuff & Wine journal and Wine Spectator. Her cafe is the type of put that serves sweetbreads wrapped in prosciutto and foie gras with a tracing of balsamic black-pepper syrup. Knowing the Dayton relationship, I questioned Tom Sand where they eat when they occur back to check out family.

“I like the Pine Club,” Sands answered. “And Voltzy’s.”

`You necessarily mean Voltzy’s the Wiener the World Awaited?’ I asked, paraphrasing the logo that applied to be on Voltzy’s menu. Indeed, which is the a person. And, he mentioned, he took his spouse there the past time they visited Dayton. She had Voltzy’s exclusive.

Voltzy’s is in a trailer forever parked on Kettering Boulevard in Moraine. It is regarded for its 20-, 40- and 60-ounce burgers — and the bawdy humor of the entrepreneur, Rick Volz . His put is only open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. And, regulars say, you’ll be really blessed if he will make you a sandwich at 2 p.m. The golf programs phone.

It has been many years since a buddy took me to Voltzy’s, but when I came back from New Orleans I had to test the `special’ that Kearney experienced. So I stood at the trailer window and ate what he remembered she had: a Double Voltzy of two hamburger patties, ham, grilled onions and cheese. And listened to his wind-up spiel.

`See the dude more than there? He made use of to weigh 380 pounds. Seem how a lot fat he’s lost ingesting at Voltzy’s,’ states Volz, who dismisses any grease in the sandwiches by indicating `it’s all the calories slipping out.’

The adult males standing at the window continue to chuckle at the time-worn strains. They occur as a great deal for the banter as the burgers. Recurring ritually, it offers a perception of continuity in an not sure planet. He greets newcomers with good-humored insults, but not all acquire it very well. One particular businessmen with a stiff higher lip stalked absent offended and was requested again by his manager, who was a faithful shopper.

`We grew to become good buddies,’ claims Volz, and the guy has hired him to cater a daughter’ graduation social gathering in Michigan next year.

The stand has been in operation 14 decades, but Volz built his title with the Invoice Clinton Divorce Particular, a 9-pound marvel with 6 1/2 lbs of hamburger, a pound of onions and 20 slices of cheese amongst the buns. He calls it the Birthday Cheeseburger Cake.

`Just place candles on it as a substitute of Sara Lee,’ he states. It expenses $29 and is intended for 5 adult males. He offered 165 previous calendar year.

There is much more than burgers at Voltzy’s. Sandwiches assortment from Italian sausage to grilled bologna, with sweet slaw puppies available on Friday and Saturday.

And he even has a seasonal menu. In the winter, he erects a plywood protect about the trailer windows, with more than enough room for 10 prospects standing with sandwiches in hand. That’s when he capabilities novelties these kinds of as a cabbage roll sub and every day soups — cabbage roll soup, Cream of `Vandalia’ (Vidalia) onion, hen tortilla soup and even a cheeseburger soup — a cheese soup that consists of hamburger and diced onion. Some soups he can make just at the time a year.

In usual exaggeration, he finishes up the recitation with the pronouncement that `We’re the only Mobil six-star diner in the state.’

Perfectly, it was superior more than enough for Mobil three-star chef Anne Kearney. It’s fantastic enough for me — though I’d like provolone alternatively of what preferences like American cheese on my Double Voltzy.”

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