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

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 10:18 AM
Updated: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 4:07 PM

Wot A Dog will return to its earlier glory days, new owner promises.

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.

>> Dayton Dining Classic: The Root Beer Stande is still going strong

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. 

>> JUST IN: Local pizza restaurant to shut down after more than 40 years

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.

>> 5 things you MUST eat at the Root Beer Stande

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.”

>> 10 restaurants opening in Dayton in 2018

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.”

>> 17 classic Dayton restaurants you HAVE to try

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.

>> 12 of the BEST restaurants in Dayton

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

Trending - Most Read Stories

2018 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest: Contestants, how to vote and past winners

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:22 AM

The 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Contest is happening Saturday, June 21st at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.
Dale Godfrey
The 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Contest is happening Saturday, June 21st at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.(Dale Godfrey)

The World’s Ugliest Dog Competition is getting underway at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, and this year, fans around the world can vote for their favorite to win the People’s Choice Award.

>>PHOTOS: 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contestants 

The World’s Ugliest Dog Competition takes place Saturday, June 23, after each contestant struts their stuff down the red carpet.


The California fair tradition dates back 30 years. Most of the World’s Ugliest Dog contestants are up for adoption and the event helps raise awareness of pet rescue and adoption.

>> Read more trending news 

Past winners have been rescued from animal shelters and puppy mills.

Last year’s winner was Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff who was being fostered by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Group.

Martha, a Neapolitan Mastiff, was crowned 2017's World's Ugliest Dog.(World’s Ugliest Dog Competition)

Martha has since been adopted.

The first place winner of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog Competition wins $1,500 and the grand trophy. The second place winner will receive $1,000 and third place will be granted $500. 

One dog will also be awarded the Spirit Award, which highlights one special dog and owner who have overcome obstacles or provided service in the community -- such as visiting nursing homes, reading at local libraries with children or spending time with patients in hospitals.

Cast your vote for People’s Choice Award in the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog competition here

Trending - Most Read Stories

Dayton police on scene of a reported Meriline Avenue shooting 

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 1:30 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 2:45 AM

UPDATE @ 2:45 a.m.:

Police crews are still on scene of a reported shooting in the 1500 block of Meriline Avenue. 

In our first report, Maryland Ave. was reported as the location but police confirmed the call came in for a shooting on Meriline at 12:53 a.m. 

>>Officer-involved shooting is Kettering’s third within a year

FIRST REPORT @ 1:30 a.m.:

Dayton police crews were dispatched to the 1500 block of Maryland Avenue Sunday morning on reports of a shooting. 

Montgomery County Regional Dispatch confirmed the call came in at 12:53 a.m. and said units are still on scene. 

Scanner reports indicated three suspects fled on foot from the area. 

>>WATCH: Police shocked during scuffle in Dayton, officers injured

It is unknown at this time if a victim was found.

We are on our way to the scene and will update this story as more details become available.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to

Trending - Most Read Stories

Amber Alert canceled after 2 Urbana boys found safe; suspect still sought

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

Suspect sought after Amber Alert issued

UPDATE @ 12:08 p.m.:

An Amber Alert has been canceled after two Urbana boys were found safe.

The suspect and vehicle still have not been found.


An Amber Alert is active for two boys reported abducted from Urbana.

They were reported missing at 7 a.m. from Maplewood Circle after their grandparents awoke to find them gone, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

The first boy is Justin Wallace Jr., 7, a biracial boy with black hair who stands 4 feet 5 inches and weighs 72 pounds. There was no further descriptive information available.

The second boy is Aaron Rollins, 9, a white boy with brown hair and hazel eyes who stands 4 feet, 11 inches and weighs 72 pounds. He was last seen wearing a maroon and white T-shirt and camo high-top tennis shoes.


The suspect, Jamie Rollins, 39, is the non-custodial mother. She is believed to be driving a taupe Kia Optima with Ohio plates 347YSL. She is described as a white woman with red hair and blue eyes who stands 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 223 pounds.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts or who spots them is urged to call 911.

For more information visit the Ohio Amber Alert website.

Trending - Most Read Stories

Police are asking for your help finding missing endangered teen in Springboro

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

Police seek missing Springboro teen

Police are seeking the public’s  help to find a missing endangered teen. 

>>Amber Alert canceled after 2 Urbana boys found safe

Frista Gibbons, 15, was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Friday leaving her home on foot, according to the Springboro Police Department.

Gibbons is stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 100 pounds, has short brown hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing a light blue zip-up hoodie with a knee length leopard-print skirt. She was carrying a black backpack, according to a release.

Police said Gibbons may be with her juvenile boyfriend from Camden, Ohio. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Springboro Police Department at 937-748-0611.

Trending - Most Read Stories