Hartman’s Country Cupboard has rich history

Restaurant: Hartman’s Country Cupboard

Location: 5390 Selma Pike, Pitchin

Phone number: (937) 265-1001

Online menu: www.facebook.com/hartmanscountrycupboard

Background/overview

Sean Hartman graduated in 1989 from high school in the Southeastern School District. Upon graduating, he and his parents worked together to purchase the Fisher Family’s Pitchin General Store. Sean thought this project would be a nice start in business. Then when his four children came along he hoped it would continually be a good educational experience during their formative years.

The building’s first store opened in the mid-1880s. Decades later the Farrell Family had its General Store there from 1937 until the Fishers’ bought it in 1971. They were the store’s proprietors until the Hartman Family acquired it 18 years later.

In May 2003 a massive electrical fire destroyed three feet from the roof of the Hartman’s landmark. Although they were devastated, they felt lucky that many of the one-of-a-kind artifacts were spared. Sean took his time the next 11 years to restore the historic site to its “old-fashioned” general store. It reopened in the spring of 2014.

Sean and wife Kristin invite you to step back in time and enjoy all their store is meant to offer, from fresh deli food to “penny” candy to firewood for sale. Hartman’s Country Cupboard is identified as, “Small enough to know you. Large enough to serve you.”

The menu

Beverages: Pepsi products, or Coke products-$1 plus tax (cans)/$1.79 plus tax (bottles).

Appetizers: “Potato Munchers” (like, large Tater Tots w/cheddar cheese)-$4 (10); Mushrooms-$4.25 (10); Home Fries-$4.50; Cheddar Jalapeno Poppers-$5.50 (eight).

Salads: Taco Salad-$6.50; Chef’s Salad-$6.75; Fried Chicken Salad-$7.50.

Deli sandwiches: Chicken Salad Sandwich, Cold Lunchmeat Sandwich, or Ham Salad Sandwich-$3.50.

Sub sandwiches (8 inch): “Old Fashioned” Sub (Dutch Loaf, etc.), Ham and Cheese Sub, Rib Sub or Steak Sub-$6; Meatball Sub or Pork Tenderloin Sub-$6.50; “Belly Buster” Sub or Fish Sub-$7.50.

Pizza (12-inch, 14-inch, 16-inch, with house-made dough): Cheese pizza-$9/$10/$12. One item-$10/$11.25/$13.50. Deluxe/all meat-$15/$17/$20. There’s 64 slices of pepperoni on its 16-inch pizza.

Baked goods: Sweet treats (Oreo Cupcakes, etc.), and seasonal baked goods including Pumpkin-faced Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Pie, etc.) are made-to-order. Forty-eight hours notice is appreciated.

Ice cream: Toft’s ice cream products are in stock. Toft’s farm is the oldest dairy farm in Ohio.

Party trays: “Tail-gate” trays and other party trays are custom made with 48 hours notice.

Hours

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

More information

Pitchin is about 10 minutes southeast of Springfield on Selma Pike. There’s free parking surrounding this building. A large entrance ramp is on the side for wheelchair convenience.

Hartman’s Country Cupboard has a few tables with chairs, so you can take your time at its old-fashioned general store.

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