Former Hamilton restaurant holding reunion for employees, customers

The former employees of a long-gone, popular Hamilton restaurant will soon commemorate 30 years since its original owner sold the place.

The late Wayne Morgan opened Hickory Hut Restaurant at 433 Millville Ave. in 1971 and the eatery became famous for its barbecue ribs and menu full of homemade items, including pies and bread.

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Its moniker of “The Family Tree” came from customers entering the restaurant and signing their names in a book. When they returned to dine again at the establishment, they would find a name tag to attach to their coat for hanging up in the cloak room.

Morgan sold the business to another company in 1988 and retired to Florida. The restaurant closed in 1994.

Many of the restaurant’s former employees have remained in touch over the years and are planning a reunion in August.

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“As The Family Tree moniker exemplified, the former employees consider many of their co-workers as family and still get together on occasion today,” said former employee Skip Weaver.

The reunion is planned for noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 at Strikes at Columbia Lanes, 954 Pyramid Hill Blvd., in Hamilton, he said.

For more information, call 937-853-6930. Former employees and fans of the restaurant can also join the group Hickory Hut Memories-Hamilton, Ohio on Facebook, according to Weaver.

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