32 Webster Street | Dayton, OH 45402

Railman History Week

The sixth and final chapter of “The Railman Throughout Dayton” history tells us about how the Railman came to be. Back in the early 1800s, there were train tracks situated between our building and what is now the 2nd Street Public Market. We used to get all of our deliveries from the trains that came down those tracks.

One fateful day, the train pulled through what is now our parking lot, and the boxcars were labeled in a peculiar order, and the chef at the time took notice.

The boxcars came through in the following order:

“Marbled Rye”

“Pastrami”

“Salami”

“Turkey”

“Bacon”

“Brown Mustard”

“Cheddar Cheese”

The chef knew instantly that a new sandwich had been born. To celebrate that fateful day, the chef named that sandwich “The Railman.”

In honor of the Railman and the city of Dayton, we are serving the Railman with french fries and a fountain drink for $9.99 today!

Soups today are Loaded Baked Potato, Cream of Mushroom, and Chicken & Dumpling along with Chili, Chicken Noodle, and Lobster Bisque.

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The fifth chapter of “The Railman Throughout Dayton History” tells us about the story of the Dayton city planners. Rumor has it that the original city planners of Dayton were huge fans of the Railman. So much so, that they would sit around and eat Railman after Railman after Railman as they sketched out plans for the city.

It wasn’t until 1870 that this was confirmed without a doubt, as Albert Ruger drew a birdseye view of Dayton. It turns out that the city planners loved the Railman so much – they planned the city around it so that the roads would spell out “RAILMAN”! You might not notice it at first glance, but we have highlighted it here for you so that you can see once again how the Railman has influenced our city.

Just for reference, we have also highlighted where The Deli would have been in 1870!

In honor of the Railman, the early Dayton city planners, and Albert Ruger, we are serving the Railman with french fries and a fountain drink for $9.99 today!  Don’t forget – today is Free Cookie Friday as well!

Soups today will be Tomato Basil, Boston Clam Chowder, and Loaded Baked Potato along with Chili, Chicken Noodle, and Lobster Bisque.

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The fourth chapter of “The Railman Throughout Dayton History” details an unusual occurrence in Dayton – and world – history. Although some might not believe it, the book claims it to be true. Many have heard about the rumored aliens housed at Hangar 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, but here is the real story.

In July of 1947, a UFO crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico. It turns out that the reason the UFO crashed was because the aliens actually set their autopilot incorrectly. Their intended target was actually our very own Dayton, OH. When the UFO was discovered, the alien’s first words were “take me to your Railman.”

According to our textbook, the aliens were searching for a legendary Railman sandwich. From lightyears away, they used their intergalactic smell-o-tron to pick up hints of freshly-cooked pastrami and freshly-salted french fries.

In a historical agreement, the aliens traded a trip to Dayton, OH and a Railman sandwich for intergalactic peace with the humans. The peace agreement signed right here in Dayton remains hanging on our wall at The Deli to this day. We even had one of the aliens stop by recently to enjoy a Railman and although our buddy Brian was intimidated at first, he agreed to take a picture!

In honor of the Railman and intergalactic peace treaties, we are serving the Railman with French fries and a fountain drink for $9.99 today!

Soups today will be Italian Wedding, Cream of Mushroom, and Chicken & Wild Rice along with Chili, Chicken Noodle, and Lobster Bisque!

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The third chapter of “The Railman Throughout Dayton History” details the history of the traffic ticket. In 1904 in Dayton, Mr. Harry Myers was given the first traffic ticket on our very own West Third Street. Mr. Myers was speeding at a whopping 12 miles per hour. When questioned why he was going so fast, Myers told the officer that his lunch break is almost over and that he needed to get a Railman ASAP!

Understanding the severity of the situation, the officer improvised and rather than taking him to the courthouse immediately, scribbled on a piece of paper the violation and let the man continue on to get his Railman. Myers promised to bring the ticket to the courthouse the next day to pay his fine.

“The Railman Throughout Dayton History” also included a replica of the first traffic that we have scanned in to show you here!

In honor of the Railman and its role in innovating the traffic ticket that we all know and love today, we are serving the Railman with French fries and a fountain drink for $9.99 today!

Soups today will be Garden Veggie, French Onion, and Chicken & Dumpling along with Chili, Chicken Noodle, and Lobster Bisque.

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The second chapter of “The Railman Throughout Dayton History” details one of America’s most influential African-American poets, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and his love of the Railman.

Paul Laurence Dunbar was born and raised in Dayton. His legacy lives on with many institutions named after him, including Paul Laurence Dunbar Library at Wright State University and multiple Dunbar High Schools all around the nation, including one in Dayton.

It seems that there was an early draft of one of his more famous poems, ‘ A Golden Day’, that mentions the Railman.

In honor of the Railman and Paul Laurence Dunbar, we are serving a Railman with french fries and a fountain drink for $9.99 today!

Soups today will be Baja Chicken Enchilada, Italian Wedding, and Loaded Baked Potato along with Chili, Chicken Noodle, and Lobster Bisque.

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It is the first day of Restaurant Week and coincidentally, Railman History Week, and to celebrate we are giving a glimpse into the history of our sandwich, the Railman, and its relationship with the rich history of Dayton!

The first chapter of “The Railman Throughout Dayton History” details the love of some of the most iconic names in Dayton history, the Wright Brothers, for the Railman. In this rarely seen photo, you can actually see a Railman with french fries sitting on the wing of the Wright Brothers’ plane next to Wilbur. Although this photo was taken in North Carolina shortly before a test flight, it goes to show that the Wright Brothers would accept no less than a Dayton classic as they were going into their big day.

In honor of the Railman’s impact on the Wright Brothers and the history of flight, we are serving a Railman with french fries and a fountain drink for $9.99 today!

Soups today will be Loaded Baked Potato, Garden Vegetable, and Cream of Mushroom along with Chili, Chicken Noodle, and Lobster Bisque.

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Recently, we dug up an old textbook in the basement of The Deli called “The Railman Throughout Dayton History.”  We spent the last few weeks studying the book, and we are ready to present Dayton with our findings!

Tomorrow begins Restaurant Week, and coincidentally Railman History Week!  Each day next week we will give you some insight into the Railman and just how revolutionary a sandwich it has been in Dayton history.