Ashby resurrects a Wapello Dairy Bar
June 19, 2016 - Picnic Time
WAPELLO — It’s back!
After a interregnum of about 6 years, an iconic griddle along U.S. 61 in Wapello has reopened with menu favorites and a few musical changes. The Dairy Bar was a tie in a Louisa County burg for decades, and Jeff Ashby has resurrected it underneath a new name — Wapello Dairy Bar.
Sue Rollinger, a prior owners of a Dairy Bar, sealed adult emporium in 2010, and given a building had been horde to a pizza place and a sandwich shop.
“She had no enterprise to go behind in business,” pronounced Ashby, who worked for Rollinger a year behind in 2008.
Rollinger put a building adult for sale and perceived a rather low bid from an meddlesome party.
“Half jokingly I’ll buy it for that,” Ashby said.
The review incited serious. Ashby, a Wapello native, who had lived in Chicago given 1995, bought a building and went about remodeling a interior many a approach a Dairy Bar looked behind in a day.
Ashby grew adult with a Dairy Bar, mostly frequenting a place during his high propagandize days as a Wapello Indian. There competence have been an arise or dual where he skipped category to get a hamburger or shake during a highway eatery.
“I remember entrance here each day,” Ashby said. “It’s upheld by hands many times.”
After he graduated from Wapello High School in 1987, Ashby warranted an associates grade during Southeastern Community College’s West Burlington campus.
In 1994, he became a initial store manager of a Blockbuster store in Burlington. That success led him to a career with Blockbuster in Chicago from 1995 to 2006. During that camber he non-stop 30 Blockbuster stores in a Chicago market.
He eventually went behind to propagandize to acquire bachelor degrees in domestic scholarship and story from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.
He suspicion about teaching, though instead worked for an Italian griddle sequence in Chicago for several years, doing government and patron use duties.
In 2012, Ashby started a dog walking business with a partner called Chicago Jaywalkers. It became a success, and he is in a center of offered his share of a business now that he has changed behind to Wapello.
Ashby had been Rollinger’s crony for 25 years, so a building transaction went sincerely smooth.
Ashby done it a indicate to keep some Dairy Bar items, and supplement his possess Wapello hold to a restaurant. The interior, embellished by Craig Jacoba, is colored in Indian and Arrow blue and yellow.
“He embellished 48 hours straight,” Ashby said.
A scoreboard, creatively from West Branch, was performed from a Just 2 Moms store in Wapello and placed on a north wall. It was embellished Wapello blue.
The strange Dairy Bar stools were obtained, and “I had them recovered,” Ashby said.
Patrons over a years sealed their names to a underside of a stools.
The strange counter, also was repurposed, and placed in a strange spot. Barack Obama sat during a opposite when using for a presidency in 2008.
“He swept a whole place,” Ashby pronounced as a presidential carefree during a time put in a small work. “Sue done him an ice cream cone.”
Ashby has brought behind a few normal food equipment as well. The Big Steve burger is back, that is a takeoff of McDonalds Big Mac, as it is done with dual beef patties, 3 buns and a tip thousand island sauce.
“Pizza and burgers were a tradition, too,” Ashby pronounced of a Dairy Bar.
The Wapello Burger is a lax beef sandwich identical to a Maid Rite and also a fan favorite.
On a ice cream side of a business, shakes are a renouned item. Ashby stranded with tradition there too as a Dairy Bar used uninformed ice cream, and he has Anderson Erickson broach twice a week. The Flurry, a eatery’s chronicle of Dairy Queen’s Blizzard, also is renouned with a cookie mix chronicle a many requested.
One area where a Wapello Dairy Bar got an ascent was a kitchen with a new griddle and new fryers.
Rather than come inside, some business still sequence during a west window confronting a highway. Ashby skeleton to supplement a integrate of cruise tables to a facility’s north side, that perceived a new petrify slab.
Ashby non-stop Jun 9, and already has had copiousness of high propagandize students as customers, and congregation who worked during a Dairy Bar over a years.
“They wanted a Dairy Bar behind so bad,” Ashby said.
Ashby is gripping a place open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Those wanting to place to-go orders can call (319) 527-FOOD.
Ashby’s staff of 8 mostly consists of high propagandize students.
With a Wapello Dairy Bar, Ashby hopes to emanate a lot of new hometown memories for residents, while also portion those travelers creation their approach by city on U.S. 61.