Owners of restaurant that traces its roots to 1952 launch new eatery in Brookville.

Old Hickory Bar-B-Q, a Dayton tradition since 1952, opens 2nd restaurant

Old Hickory, which has been serving up barbecue meats to hungry Daytonians for nearly seven decades, has opened a second restaurant. 

The Miami Valley’s newest barbecue restaurant from one of Dayton’s most storied restaurant families opened last week at 302 Market St. in Brookville. The restaurant is operated by Mike and Jessica Manis, who also operate the Old Hickory restaurant at 241 Woodman Drive in Riverside. 

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The Brookville restaurant’s menu has the classic barbecue-joint menu of ribs, pulled pork, chicken and pork chops, along with burgers, broasted chicken and sides, that the Woodman Drive restaurant offers, according to the Old Hickory Brookville web site

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The Hickory Bar-B-Q restaurant on Brown Street near the University of Dayton is operated separately from the two Old Hickory Bar-B-Q restaurants.

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Old Hickory Bar-B-Q co-owner Jessica Manis — the granddaughter of Old Hickory Bar-B-Q founders Steve and Sylvia Kolb and co-owner with her husband Mike Manis of the two Old Hickory restaurants — told this news outlet this morning that she would share more information about the new Brookville restaurant in a couple of weeks. 

The Old Hickory Bar-B-Q restaurant on Woodman Drive in Riverside. A second Old Hickory restaurant opened last week in Brookville. 2014 file photo by Michelle Fong

Here is the full history of Old Hickory and its founders, as told by the Old Hickory Bar-B-Q web site:

Steve and Sylvia Kolb are the founders of Old Hickory Bar-B-Q. Together they opened 4 locations in the Dayton area. Steve immigrated to Canada from Hungary in 1932. Along with his mother and sister they were reunited with his father who previously immigrated. Sylvia was born in Kentucky and orphaned by the age of 5. She was raised by her older brother and his wife. Both came to the Dayton area in search of work. They met while working at Burt's Steak house (later to become the first Old Hickory). Steve was a cook and Sylvia was a waitress. They met in October 1948 and were married 2 months later... 

The original location was opened in 1952 on East Third Street. Which was later sold to a family friend and closed permanently. 

In 1962, Steve and Sylvia opened the Brown Street location with Steve's sister Irene and her husband Joe Kiss. In 1989 Joe and Irene Kiss became the sole owners of the Brown Street location and renamed it Joe Kiss's Hickory Bar-B-Q. Now known as Hickory Bar-B-Q. The restaurant has continued as a Kiss family owned restaurant. 

In 1969, Steve and Sylvia opened the Main Street location. Upon retirement they sold the Main St. location in 2000 to daughter Vickie Johnson and partner Tim Heaney. This location permanently closed in 2012. 

In 1978 Steve and Sylvia opened the Woodman location. In 2009 the Woodman location was sold to Steve and Sylvia Kolb's granddaughter Jessica Manis and husband Mike Manis. 

Mike and Jessica Manis will be opening a new Old Hickory Bar-B-Q location at 302 Market St. Brookville, Ohio 45309. ...  We hope to see you there!

For more information, check out the Old Hickory Bar-B-Q Facebook page or call (937) 833-5422.

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