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97 posts
Jul 14, 2013
3:10 PM
Anyone remember Roy Rogers on Needmore road next to the old big boy? They beat Arbys Roast beef any day! They great fried chicken, And a hamburger called the double R Bar. I think Hardees bought them out in the 80's? They still have 50 places up north. Eat there when I can.
luv my dayton
323 posts
Jul 15, 2013
8:41 AM
There was a Roy Rogers on Dorothy lane and went there many times for carry out. Food was great when in a pinch and not wanting to cook. Remember going in and after getting home with food found way too undercooked. Took it back and they replaced it and told us to order it branded and it would be to our liking. Appreciated the advice and never had a problem again. I have heard it was owned by frisches but fact based I have no idea.
5 posts
Jul 21, 2013
9:01 AM
I remember Roy Rogers restaurant very well. The people who worked there said "Howdy Partner" when you walked in. I loved their roast beef sandwiches and fried chicken. Bentz, you are right, they always beat Arby's. Do you remember when Arby's had an actual roast that they cut the meat from? Now it's processed beef and I don't eat there.
I miss Roy Rogers, and was happy to see it for the one year I lived in Northern Virginia. I also remember the last RR in the area on Rt. 32 in the Batavia area.
99 posts
Jul 21, 2013
9:43 AM
Wendy, Yes I do when I was a kid the one on salem open , I Think it still has the big cowboy hat for there sign. Your right they use to slice a real beef back then now it looks like it slid from a can! Almost like a Spam. LOL
35 posts
Aug 04, 2013
8:27 AM
We still have a Roy Rogers here in the small town I live in. I agree that they have better roast beef over the taste of Arbys. I remember reading, quite some time ago, that Arbys did a taste test survey asking people which they preferred; the taste of a REAL roast or the taste of the pressed meat type roast. What stuck in my mind was the result that more people preferred the pressed meat product. I disagreed based on my own taste tests and have always gone back to Roys.
It amazes me sometimes to think that the name Roy Rogers has any real significance today based on the amount of time that has passed since he was a household name. He had such a long run of popularity that anyone over a certain age can easily remember his movies and the iconic TV show from the 50s. Roy and Dale kept their popularity alive in later years with Happy Trail Theater, hosted by their son Dusty, as he 'interviewed' his Mom and Dad with memories of the movie they were about to present.
One of the great regrets of my life was never getting to the Roy Rogers Museum in Victorville,Cal. before Roy Rogers died. I had read that Roy was there regularly and spent time with his guests. I don't really know what I would have said to him other than thanks but I do miss not having had the opportunity to say it.
I am happy to say that I do have my Roy Rogers lunch box, from the 2nd grade (at Assumption School on Kings Highway), yes, with the thermos!
As an aside, most if all of you may already know, that Roy Rogers was born Leonard Slye in Duck Run Ohio. IMDB states his birthplace as Cincinnati.
214 posts
Sep 13, 2013
9:33 PM

Never heard the "Duck Run" POB for Roy. I remember reading somewhere the house where he was born was located at what became 2nd base at Riverfront Stadium. Think I read that when I was going to UC in the 70s.

Back in the late 80s, I had a colleague who sat next to Roy on a TWA flight from St. Louis to LAX. Roy was in full costume, minus his six-shooters, and was sitting in a middle seat in coach. My co-worker said Roy was a delight, signed every autograph and posed for every photo. Even one of the pilots came back to get his photo taken with Roy.
60 posts
Sep 14, 2013
6:36 AM
Calhoun, you're right, I'm wrong. Leonard Slye was born in Cincinnati on Nov. 5, 1911 to Andrew E. Slye and Mattie Womack Slye. From the age of eight they lived in Duck Run, 12 miles from Portsmouth.
While Leonard was still a baby Andrew and his brother built a houseboat and traveled down the Ohio river. The Slye family lived aboard for eight years before moving back on land, near Duck Run, in 1919, where they lived on a ten acre farm.
This is from the book 'The Cowboy and the Senorita, a biography of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans'.
Mike C
73 posts
Nov 09, 2013
5:40 PM
I remember those restaurants very well. I remember one on Dorothy Lane (Kettering) most of all, close to my house. I would take my kids there as a "treat". Those were the days when it was a treat to eat out and not and every day event. Plus I remember the one downtown Dayton at 2nd and Ludlow, one north Dayton ( I thought it was on Keowee Street). Best food around I thought. I was sorry to see them leave the area. I did visit one on vacation down south. Still nice people working in them.
4 posts
Jul 21, 2014
10:19 AM
Worked at the Roys on Dorothy lane next to the movie theater( which is gone now I think) in the late 70's. A nice lady was the MGR. along with her son who I will not name, but he was great guy and we had a good time. serving the Best roast beef in town. At 16 years old I got a key to the store and would open by myself very early on weekends. On Saturday when I would get there the delivery truck would leave the order out back on the side walk. I would bring it in put it up in the cooler ect. It blows my mind even thinking that I did and it was no big deal and just maker of fact. When today it would never even be thought about. We would refer to customers as "Partners" and call out as we saw them drive in the parking lot "4 partners in" ect. as this would help you to know how many FF to drop or burgers ect. Would come into work starving and choke down an apple crisp in the cooler when possible. We all had a lot of fun wore Cowboy hats to work. And those Double R burgers with ham on top, man they were the best!
luv my dayton
693 posts
Aug 08, 2014
1:49 PM
There's a wonderful biography on Roy at www.royrogers.com and was written by Laurence Zwisaohn.The family for a short time lived on a houseboat in Portsmouth oh that Roy's dad and uncle had built. At the age of seven they moved to Duck Run. Every boy and girl wanted their own Roy and Dale costumes with holster and gun and believe for many years it was number one halloween outfit or a Christmas present. Because of political correctness and other restrictions and changes, that no longer is tolerated.

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