Hotel in 1897

The South Dayton Hotel was built in 1877 and was originally composed of a lobby, bar and restaurant on the first floor; guest rooms on the second and a ballroom on the third. The photo above shows the Hotel during the 4th of July celebration of 1897 (mouse over the picture to see an enlargement).

In 1925, Adolph Zollinger, recently arrived from Switzerland, purchased the business for $3,000 – the original bill of sale is still on display in the bar. Adolph and his wife Selina ran the Hotel as a boarding house during Prohibition and sold the business to their son Robert in 1935.

Along with his wife Louise and -- eventually -- their six children, Robert ran the Hotel as a bar, restaurant and boardinghouse until his death in 1976. Louise carried on, but after she passed away, nine years later, their daughter Karen took over and has run it ever since.

In 2003, Karen completely remodeled the building and, though the second and third floors are no longer a part of the business, the first floor remains a bustling restaurant, wine & liquor store and bar.

Four generations of Zollinger “kids” have worked at the Hotel. They start with stocking coolers, sweeping floors, peeling potatoes and washing dishes. Cooking, waiting tables and tending bar follow – with college and other jobs soon after. The draw of family at the Hotel is powerful, most of the kids come back. Most of the people working here day are family.

We have teachers and nurses, factory workers and rocket scientists. Farmers and office clerks, too. All working to make your night out a great one. We're proud to say that Jason Zollinger, Jeopardy Grand Champion, was a bartender here for years (we like to think that's what made him so smart).

We're happy to have you join our family tonight for some old meal-time favorites and some new family classics. Thank you for coming in and we hope to see you again soon!

Welcome to the South Dayton Hotel where generations have enjoyed good food, good spirits and good company. Whether it's lunch, a couple beers with old friends or a steak dinner you're looking for, you'll find it here.

The Hotel can also cater your special event and offers a large selection of your favorite wines, liquors and cordials by the bottle, case or box. Next time you're in town, please stop in and say hi.

We'll be here, and remember -- if the lights are on, the kitchen's open.



Zollingers Wines and Liquors Wine and Liquor Specials

SUN Closed till Fall
MON Potluck Monday- Bring a dish to pass! Lunch 11 - 2
TUE Pool League Night Lunch 11 - 2
WED Wing Night - 4:30 Till 9:00 Lunch 11 - 2, Wings 4:30 - 9
THU Specialty Dinner Menu Lunch 11 - 2, Dinner 5 - 8:30
FRI Fish, Prime Rib and a whole lot more Lunch 11 - 2, Dinner 5 - 9
SAT Full Dinner Menu Lunch 11 - 2, Dinner 5 - 9

Catering Go to Catering

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