‘Voltzy’ to have surgery, but his root beer stand will remain open

Rick Volz, the Voltzy’s Root Beer Stand owner whose illness last year shut down the restaurant for the entire summer, is facing surgery again — but this time, the restaurant will remain open and operating, Volz said.

“Nothing’s going to change,” Volz told this news outlet. “I’ll probably personally be off maybe a week or two, then I’ll be able to come back and just continue what I’ve been doing.”

The popular lunch spot at 4668 Springboro Pike closed in May 2016, just prior to its busiest summer months, when Volz entered the hospital for foot surgery. The restaurant remained closed while Volz recuperated, and finally reopened on Oct. 11.

During Volz’s recuperation, a GoFundMe effort named “Voltzy’s Recovery” launched by Connie Lambert West generated contributions of nearly $6,000 to help the root beer stand’s founder with his medical bills.

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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 insults in rapid-fired banter.

Voltzy’s is open for lunch Monday through Saturday. For more information or to phone in an order, call (937) 299-1440.

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