The beloved Wot-A-Dog in New Carlisle is open for the season -- and has new owners

One of this Dayton-Springfield region’s most beloved and oldest drive-in restaurants — famous for both its cruise-in events featuring antique and show cars and its food — is open for the season, and under new ownership.

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Wot A Dog, at 603 S. Main St. in New Carlisle, has been a community icon for decades. But it was closed during the summer of 2015, reopened for part of 2016, then shut down again, its Facebook page suggests.

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New owner Stephen Prechtl Jr. announced he had taken over the shop in July 2017 and promised in a Facebook post to restore the eatery to its glory days.

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That announcement was warmly received by Wot A Dog fans.

“Rest assured that a lot of us appreciate that (you are) reopening for us!” one Facebook commenter said, calling Wot A Dog “one of the few (things) that keeps the spirit and heart in our little town alive and thriving.”

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Another commenter said, “All I can say is that the first couple weeks you are open you had better have double staff. We have all been so excited to see it open , you will be packed from open to close. Best of luck and we will see you opening day.”

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Prechtl could not be reached for comment late last week and over the weekend, but on the restaurant's Facebook page, he wrote that the resurrected drive-in restaurant will open with a limited menu, focusing on "the famous Coneys, the Wot A Burger (now made with fresh beef), Crinkle cut fries, Onion rings (best with our rebel sauce), root beer in a frosted mug, root beer floats, 1/2 gallon root beer, Dippin Dots (10 flavors), Chocolate and Vanilla Milkshakes … ." Coming soon, the owners said, will be a Rebel Burger, Texas Tenderloin, Curly Fries, and Chili Cheese fries.

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Wot A Dog’s owners said on Facebook that they wouldn’t be taking call-in orders immediately upon the re-opening, “until we can efficiently take care of in-store business. Once we are comfortable, we will accept call-ins.”

Hours may vary, but plans call for being open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For updates, check out the Wot A Dog Facebook page at

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