Sunday, August 11, 2013

Richard Downing Airport (I40), Coshocton, Ohio

Kasey Spang serves customers at The Depot's Patio Grill at the Richard Downing Airport in Coshocton. Rick and Sherry Spragg, owners of The Depot Restaurant & Pub in Dresden, took over the space after the owners of Limburg's Patio Grill, Scott and Cynthia Limburg, decided to retire.

COSHOCTON — Owners of The Depot Restaurant & Pub in Dresden have brought their popular smokehouse barbecue meats into Coshocton County with the recent opening of The Depot’s Patio Grill at the Richard Downing Airport.

Rick and Sherry Spragg took over the restaurant after the owners of Limburg’s Patio Grill, Scott and Cynthia Limburg, decided to retire.

“I’m really surprised at how many people come up to the airport to watch the airplanes,” Rick said.

Known for their beef brisket, ribs and pulled pork, Rick said their barbecue is made using a blend of apple, cherry and pecan wood pellets.

“We cook it low and slow, the way barbecue is supposed to be cooked,” he said. “I also make my own rub and barbecue sauce, and we’re unique in that way.”

Complimenting the main dishes are Sherry’s own recipes for coleslaw, cheesy potatoes and baked beans.

The couple opened The Depot Restaurant & Pub in June 2008. Opening in Coshocton and creating three jobs, the new location exposes the Spraggs to a clientele different from those who frequent their Dresden restaurant.

“We get a lot of people just fly in to get fuel and have lunch,” he said. “No one’s in a hurry when they come up there. It’s all outside seating, and it’s just a nice relaxing atmosphere. On Sunday afternoons, we get families come up after church, and they bring their kids.”

In addition to the barbecue, the menu includes 1⁄3-pound hamburgers, ¼-pound hot dogs, salads, fries and Velvet brand ice cream.

On special steak and all-you-can-eat fish nights Saturday and Friday, respectively, the main dish is served with select sides, a drink and dessert for $14.

While not open year-round, Rick hopes the weather permits the business to remain in operation through October.

“It will be beautiful up there with the fall foliage as long as the weather holds out,” he said.