For many customers who come to Bishop’s Restaurant, located at 1638 Columbus Rd., Wooster, it feels much more like sitting down and eating at a family member’s home than at a restaurant.
Many of the longtime diners are virtually family members of owner Denise Dorsey. She started with Bishop’s at the age of 16 in 1980 as a drive-in car hop when she was a student at Norwayne High School.
Bishop’s was originally located off Cleveland Rd, on the site where College Hills Honda now has its home. It was founded at the end of 1959.
Bishop’s moved in 2002 to a location south of Orrville on the busy intersection between US Route 30 and Wadsworth Rd, opposite Riceland Golf Course. The Orrville location closed in 2011 largely due to the decay of the Gold Star Inn, which was recently demolished.
Dorsey loved being a part of the bishop’s business so much that she took over as owner in 2009. Following the closure in 2011, she gave Bishop’s a third act – beginning in 2013 – in its current location.
“We offer personal service here, you will not place your order in a machine,” Dorsey said proudly. “We have many customers who have been with us in all three places and we are always happy to add new ones.
“We have a relaxed dining room atmosphere and the patio will open soon. And we still have the car jumping service. “
Bishop’s famous Nutty Muffit, a delicious burger with cole slaw and chopped nuts, and onion rings are legendary in Wayne County and far beyond.
Dorsey also bakes fresh pies daily and offers the “secret” frying batter for cooking, such as homemade beer-smeared fish.
There are plenty of other meal choices, including healthy salads.
Of course, Dorsey could not do it without her restaurant staff, which includes her son, Zach Dorsey.
“Zach has been a big part of running this place,” said Denise. “He takes care of our maintenance and technical issues. He peels and slices the majority of the onions we use. I really appreciate everyone who has worked here. ”
An original, oversized menu board is located behind the front counter. It lists Nutty Muffit for 0.75 cents, a hot dog for 0.25 cents and tossed salad for 0.35 cents.
Of course, prices have gone up over the years, but the tradition and small town tastes are largely unchanged.
“If it’s not broken, do not fix it,” said Dorsey, about retaining many of the long-standing menu options and cooking techniques. Of course, we have also modernized ourselves since we moved to our current location and updated some of our methods.
“We have a fantastic staff here and really appreciate our customers. They even hung out with us through the covid-19 pandemic, when we just had to drive and drive for a while. We are happy that most of our customers eat with us again – we take special precautions for cleaning and sanitation. We look forward to a fun spring and summer. ”
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Address: 1638 Old Columbus Road, Wooster, OH 44691
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