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Boyd and Wurthmann restaurant is one of the oldest businesses in Berlin, Ohio. Stepping through the doors of the quaint little restaurant, you feel you have taken a step back in time. Wood paneled walls give the restaurant that old fashioned look and primitive antiques are scattered throughout. The smell of quality homemade cooking and the down-home, friendly atmosphere welcomes you from the moment you walk through the door.
Locals smile at you and share friendly banter with one another as they enjoy a cup of coffee or dig in to the most delicious looking lunch. As you make your way to the front, you seat yourself on an old fashioned looking bar stool in front of a long green bar that looks as if it has stories of its own to tell.
Boyd and Wurthmann was started by the Hummel family in 1939. Mary Hummel and her two sisters went into business selling their homemade pies. They woke up each morning bright and early to start making fresh pies for the day and became the towns favorite stop for a sweet treat. They also served up some of their families favorite recipes.
In 1945, the restaurant came under new ownership and was renamed using the new owners last names - the Boyds and the Wurthmanns. Together, the two worked very hard to establish a reputation of good food and a down home atmosphere.
Dennis Mullet, current owner, has worked hard to keep the strong foundation and character the restaurant was built on. Since purchasing the business in 2004, the Mullet family gives a lot of credit to the Boyds and the Wurthmanns for establishing this down home atmosphere and Amish cooking.
"We depend on the locals to keep it going - the locals are what make this place," said Mullet. Being open from the crack of dawn until later in the evening, the restaurant is the perfect gathering place for locals.
"In the morning we have the locals and construction crews come in for a cup of coffee and a hot breakfast," explained Katasha Beachy. In the afternoon the tourist crowd mixes in and in the evening the locals gather around the "round table" and share coffee and gossip about their day. "We call them our rotation of coffee drinkers," said Beachy.
A lot of their success is also attributed to most of their staff having worked at the restaurant for more than 10 years. Their dedication and support has kept their customers coming back.
My co-worker and I decided to have lunch at the very popular Boyd and Wurthmann's to sample some of their fine dishes and experience the laid back atmosphere. The restaurant was bustling with locals and tourists alike all buzzing about their latest shopping sprees and plans for the day ahead. We sat ourselves and did not have to wait long for service.
The menu was filled with items for every appetite. Sandwiches, soups and salads as well as dinner platters of mashed potatoes, gravy and noodles were enough to make your mouth water just thinking of it.
I chose the pizza burger which came with fries and my co-worker opted for the Manhatten; a platter of roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy. We split an appetizer of onion peddles which were none other than a smaller version of an onion ring.
The food was served up promptly and we dug in as the smells over whelmed us. We were not disappointed by our choices. The pizza burger was topped with mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce and pepperonis and was cooked to perfection. Even with full tummies we couldn't resist taking a slice of their famous peanut butter pie and fresh peach pie home with us.
As the Fall months are nearing, the traffic through Berlin is beginning to pick up. Holiday shoppers will be returning to the streets of Berlin to complete their holiday wish lists and take in all that nature has to offer.
"The nature around here is beautiful when you're driving the back roads," said Beachy. Many travelers may stop in from the early season chill for a warm cup of coffee and slice of delicious pie.
"I heard someone say that we get four million visitors in Berlin," said Mullet. "If I can reach out in some small way and have an impact on their lives, and know that I am honoring God."
Boyd and Wurthmann will be participating in the town wide Harvest Fest and Rib Cook-Off on September 7. "We will have a booth and serve up some good food. Try our ribs and vote for them," said Beachy.
Very little changes have been made to the small restaurant. Along with the long green bar that has been a part of the store since its beginnings the coffee price stays the same at 75 cents a cup. The Mullets hope to continue to preserve the history of the store for years to come.
"We don't take reservations," explained Beachy. "Just come occupy a booth and enjoy the experience." They don't accept credit cards, so be sure to carry plenty of cash with you or you may find yourself working in the kitchen to earn your keep.
Boyd and Wuthmann is located at 4819 East Main Street, Berlin. Boyd and Wurthmann opens at 5:30 a.m. and serves breakfast until 10:30 a.m. Lunch and dinner is then served until 8 p.m. every Monday - Saturday. For more information call 330-893-3287 or visit www.boydandwurthmann.com.