MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – At noon the church bells might as well be dinner bells.
But when you’re looking for an open spot in the single digit temperatures, it helps to have double panes.
“Eat inside and stay warm,” says Sarah Jones who was having lunch with family at Ron’s Pizza.
And that’s okay if pizza’s your thing.
But some have another craving that they just can’t shake, no matter how much they have to shiver to get it.
“I did see them out,” Sarah says. “I was thinking they have to be cold.”
Even on the cold days in here it’s still sizzling because the Hamburger Wagon in Miamisburg spins its wheels year around.
“I keep it open during the winter because I don’t want people to forget about us,” says owner Jack Sperry.
The wagon has a history with bad weather.
It got its start just more than 100 years ago because of evacuations during the 1913 flood.
“There was a guy named Sherman who went to the Red Cross and said I’ve got a family recipe for hamburgers,” Sperry says. “They’re small. I can make them by the thousands and feed these people.”
More than a century later, the burgers still bring people in.
Even if it’s not their choice to wait in the cold for them.
“My son wanted to,” says Brent Masters. “He’s 6-years-old and he said he had to have some Hamburger Wagon today.”
On a day like this the customers are more layered than the menu, but you can still get an ice cold water.
“Hey, when you have these burgers you have to have something to wash them down with,” Sperry says.
Sperry says the cold isn’t as hard on the workers as it can be on the customers, but that didn’t stop Clay Huff from trying his first ever Hamburger Wagon Double.
“It’s not that cold to me,” Huff says. “I’m used to it.”
What did he think of it?
“It was worth the wait,” Huff says. “Better than the wait. It’s awesome.”
Which is why even when Mother Nature provides the toppings, the wagon will be there with the burgers.
“Whether it’s raining or it’s cold, we’re out here,” Sperry says.