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."
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