Tank's Bar and Grill owner dies


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Tank’s Bar & Grill owner Dan “Tank” Tankersley TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Tank’s Bar & Grill owner Dan “Tank” Tankersley TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Tank’s Bar & Grill owner Dan “Tank” Tankersley TY GREENLEES / STAFF

The iconic owner of Tank's Bar and Grill has died Sunday morning after suffering a heart attack Thursday, his widow Debra Tankersley said.

According to a Dayton Daily News article recently written by Alexis Larsen, Dan "Tank" Tankersley has been involved with local restaurants in one way or another since 1967 when he worked as a bus boy at the Colony Club on South Dixie.

"In 1982 he decided to go into business for himself, opening the Press Box in downtown Dayton until 1987 when he found that he needed to move from his location. Searching for a new home for his restaurant, Tankersley found a building for sale on the corner of Wayne Avenue and Anderson Street and one of the staples of Dayton dining was born."

"He was the biggest-hearted, most kindest man in the world," Debra Tankersley told WHIO-TV of her husband of 18 years. "He would do anything for anybody at anytime and this place is his legacy.  He loved Dayton, Ohio. This is where he wanted to make his home and this is where he wanted to make his stand."

A memorial service will be planned for Dan "Tank" Tankersley. Details will be posted to the Tank's Bar and Grill Facebook page. We are following this developing story and will bring you updates.

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

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