This Day in Dayton, 9 July
In the summer of 1999, the Brown Cow restaurant was new to Dayton. In July, Kevin Cullen wrote about the restaurant in his “Been There” column in the Lafayette Journal and Courier. Ron and Alena Merkel had opened the eatery on May 24 of that yearin the former drug store building on SR 38. The interior was restored to the way it looked when it was constructed in the early 1900s for Fred Widmer’s drug store. The building was called Castle Hall because the Knights of Pythias had their lodge hall on the second floor. The Brown Cow decorated the interior with antiques for sale: dressers, trunks, copper kettles, cabinets, kitchen utensils, books, and sheet music. The menu included the Cow Choice (ham, turkey, swiss cheese on wheat bread), the Ultimate Sub (ham, beef, turkey, mozzarella cheese on a bun with special balsamic sauce), the Heifer (roast beef and Mozzarella cheese on a kaiser roll), and the Calves Pasture (for children under 12; peanut butter and jelly or ham and cheese sandwich with chips).