Boyd & Wurthmann: A Place for Locals, and Tourists, Alike

Katherine Ryder Published:

Part of planning any vacation is to pick out where you want to dine during your holiday. Berlin is already filled with enough shops to carry you through, but when the noon hour calls and you're ready to relax your tired feet, where are you going to go?

The answer could be Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant.

Originally known as Hummel's Market, the business started in 1938 by a woman named Mary Hummel. It wasn't long before the grocery supermarket began to expand to what it's known as today.

In the 1940s, Hummel's Market opted for a nine-seat, low-rise, green marble counter used (by request) to serve sandwiches over the lunch hour.

In 1945 the Hummels sold the restaurant/grocery store to Herman Wurthmann and his wife, Byrl. Dale Boyd, Byrl's brother, joined the operation and took over the grocery, while the Wurthmanns ran the restaurant.

Then, in 2004 Dennis Mullet bought the restaurant.

"Having no prior restaurant experience," said Mullet's daughter and manager of Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant, Katasha Beachy. "He bought it as a way to preserve and maintain a good thing in the community."

Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant has definitely been a good thing in the Berlin community. Withstanding 73 years, it's a place where locals and tourists have come to rely on.

"We strive to provide the "down home' atmosphere," Katasha said. "We cook the Amish-style meals that so many people enjoy."

As one of the oldest established businesses in Berlin, Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant hasn't lost the sense of their roots. As a tribute to their local regulars, Boyd & Wurthmann still offers a cup of coffee for 75 cents. A staple that many of us have grown accustomed to spending much more for.

"Our fried-then-baked chicken is really popular," Katasha said. "Also our Manhattan's (sandwiches), and of course our homemade pies. People really enjoy the variety of specials that we serve daily."

April 13 kicked off the famous Dandelion Gravy season that locals have come to anticipate.

"We'll get calls from our regulars saying 'It's almost dandelion season, isn't it?'" Katasha said. "It's something everyone really enjoys. We serve our Dandelion Gravy every Wednesday through May. My grandpa says, "It's just like my mom used to make.'"

Through the years, Katasha ranks the business' success.

"The Mullet family finds great satisfaction in providing quality meals and friendly service to both our locals and our wonderful tourists that travel from near to far to support us and enjoy our restaurant's atmosphere," Katasha said. "We're also very fortunate to have a dedicated staff with many years of experience that helps to keep this place running."

The only consistent goal that the Mullet family keeps working on is their ability to maintain the quality and reputation that was built so long ago by Mary Hummel and the Wurthmanns who worked hard to create who we are today.

"We want to maintain this as a traditional restaurant where people can come to get consistently great food," Katasha said.

"This is our way of reaching out to the community and to the many tourists who walk through our doors each day and hopefully touching lives."

With so many Amish-style cooking restaurants in the area, the Mullet family embraces their competition and views their relationship with other area businesses as a very smooth and healthy one.

"We all have different levels," Katasha said.

"But I think competition is healthy. It pushes us to make sure we're serving a quality product."

Katasha marks fall as the restaurant's busiest time of year.

"We're consistently busy through the summer and through the winter we're generously supported by our locals," she said. "But October is really our peak."

Katasha also refers to the restaurant as a stable business in Berlin and for the community.

"Everybody knows Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant and they enjoy it," she said. "We've been very blessed owning this place."

Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant is located in downtown Berlin; 4819 E. Main St. Their hours are Monday-Saturday, 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and closed on Sundays.

For more information call (330) 893-3287.

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