Cincinnati's favorite summertime staple has announced its opening date for the 2020 season. The Rootbeer Stand in Sharonville will open at 10 a.m. on March 14.
The over-six-decade-old restaurant is well-known for its root beer, which is brewed with water drawn from a well on the property. With its particular minerality, the root beer is so incredibly unique and flavorful you won’t regret buying an extra gallon for the road. The stand is also infamous for its footlong chili cheese dog.
The Rootbeer Stand's ceiling is decorated with baseball caps. The legend goes that it all started when a trucker left his trucking company hat on the counter after he ate. The staff displayed his hat by the door so he could retrieve it the next time he dined in, but a rival trucking company saw this as an act of advertising nepotism, demanding they be allowed to display their hat as well. Like a classic slippery slope, the hats began to pour in from all sorts of folks who just wanted to contribute to the fun.
The Rootbeer Stand, 11566 Reading Road, Sharonville, therootbeerstand.com.