Tank’s Bar & Grill owner Dan “Tank” Tankersley TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees
Photo: Ty Greenlees

Dayton responds to the passing of Tank's owner, Dan Tankersley

Shortly after news broke that Dan Tankersley, iconic owner of Tank’s Bar and Grill, passed away on Sunday, there was an outpouring of responses and condolences shared on social media, as well as fond memories regarding his huge influence on Dayton. 

Tank’s has been a staple in the Dayton community for nearly 50 years, proving to be a great spot for anyone to grab a quick, hearty bite -- local business professionals, politicians (including former Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell), and UD students alike.

"Absolutely friendly! I went to the place to meet some people and Dan recognized me and called me over," Leitzell says of his interaction with Tankersley. 

It's no surprise the community is sad about the news. But the kind words and heartwarming messages make it clear that Tankersley was a pillar of the neighborhood and loved by many.

These are some of the ways Tankersley has impacted Dayton lives. 

Amanda Tankersley Myers (Dan Tankersley's Niece) 
"After my father died in 1994, I rarely saw Dan. Dan was always the most generous, open, kind and loving person when speaking to me about my father. Dan always admired my dad ( his older brother) and loved to tell me stories about their childhood. In 2003 I surprised Dan by visiting the bar in Dayton. He showed up, and sat with me and talked for hours. He told me my mother's grilled cheese had been his inspiration for the bar menu.Today, my heart is filled with guilt after missing seeing Dan one last time. I know Dan's family must be hurting during this time. I hope Dan has found peace now, and in a better place."

My heartfelt condolences go out to Dan tankersley and his friends and family Dan  just recently passed away he was the...

Posted by Don Neumann on Monday, March 21, 2016


Dan Tankersley, my old boss and owner of the iconic Tank's Bar & Grill in Dayton, passed away yesterday. He was truly...

Posted by Annie Collins on Monday, March 21, 2016


Tanks..  memories.  Gerard at 3 answered me this when I asked where his pickel was; my pipple is in my popet. And so he took his pickel home in his pocket.

Posted by Debbie Jones on Monday, March 21, 2016

Our deepest condolences to the Tank's family. RIP Tank. Thank you for so many great memories, and "Road Kill" chili. Cheers to many more, and we will drink our way around the world in your honor!

Posted by Timothys Bar on Monday, March 21, 2016


It is with a breaking heart I must let our fans know that Tank passed away this morning.  Tanks will be open regular...

Posted by Tanks bar and grill on Sunday, March 20, 2016


We are following up on the sad news that Tanks bar and grill owner  Dan "Tank" Tankersley has died. http://on.dayton.com/1U06xsi

Posted by Dayton.com on Monday, March 21, 2016

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