Looking to discover new dining venues with character around the City of Dayton? As part of the “Hidden Gems Project” conducted by students at the University of Dayton, this is the second article in the series to communicate the uncovering of a few local dining spots and their historical background. We were required to make visits to each place, interview the owners and/or workers, and record our experiences of each “Hidden Gem”. The benefit that came from this project is that it serves as a means to learn about the history of Dayton through restaurants which have been around for generations. It also helps to spread the word that these restaurants are still around and have their own story to tell—along with their food and spirits.
Location: 1669 Webster St. Dayton OH 45404
Hours of Operation: Monday-Sunday 5:30am -2am
By Stephen Fruehe
Established in the early 50s, Frank’s Tavern was the go to spot of the local Chrysler plant workers across the street. By 5:30am the night shift would walk in and greeted by Frank himself. His establishment was welcoming for everyone back then as much as it is today. The experience itself is enough to keep going back. Once there, you will find an assortment of activities including pool, darts, television, and the friendly inviting staff. “It’s a family” says Jim, a regular at Frank’s. “Everyone is cool [and] it’s the working man’s bar.” With regulars from companies such as Buddy Sheet Metal, Behr, Molly, and many others, Frank’s Tavern holds within itself a variety of cultures under its roof all hours throughout the day. If the atmosphere alone isn’t enough to return, the meals will make sure you keep coming back.
Below are the lunch specials that last from 10:30-2. They are different every day of the entire month so watch out for your favorites. These meals are carefully crafted to perfection and are in high demand during those times. It is recommended to come early if you would like any chance of getting the meal. It is first come first serve and gets crowed extremely fast. The lunch specials include their famous lasagna, pork tenderloin, and much more. Frank’s Tavern is the all-around place to be for food and experience. Walking in, we were instantly welcomed and part of the family. Frank’s Tavern, established nearly 60 years ago, still holds true to its roots of a culturally diverse and social atmosphere. As a local hangout for manufacturing workers in the Dayton area, Frank’s Tavern provides its guest with an affordable meal, various entertainment, and an overall memorable experience that will have you come back for more. I am gratefully for having the opportunity to work with the City of Dayton and explore new cultures and experiences.
This is the 2nd in a series of articles by a team from Professor Blust’s Engineering students. The first article can be read here: Falb’s Restaurant.