One of the Miami Valley’s most colorful and cantankerous restaurant owners is recovering at home following surgery, and his restaurant has shut down temporarily.
It will take about two or three months for Rick Volz, the founder and owner of Voltzy’s Root Beer Stand at 4668 Springboro Pike in Moraine, to recover, but his surgery to amputate part of Volz’s foot “went well,” the root beer stand’s manager, Sammy Bowman, said on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
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“He is still in great spirits and we hope to keep him that way,” Bowman wrote. “In the meantime, we ask that you all stay safe and healthy! Also keep him in your thoughts and prayers!”
An earlier foot surgery in 2016 forced Voltzy’s Root Beer Stand to shut down for nearly five months. He had foot surgery again in 2017, but the restaurant was closed for a much shorter period of about three weeks.
Voltzy’s is known for its burgers and sandwiches (some named after politicians and celebrities), house-made soups, slaw dogs, coneys and root beer floats — but also for the larger-than-life personality of its owner, who greets customers by name and delivers good-natured and occasionally R-rated jokes and taunts in rapid-fired banter.
Voltzy’s opened in 1990. The Root Beer Stand, which operates as primarily a carryout operation, had stayed open until March 23.