Grub Co. turns 30
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
The Osgood Grub Company is having a birthday. It will be 30-years-old
this year. Jim, Marsha, Brad and David Bultman are the owners of
this family business. And, family is what this restaurant is all
As Jim tells it, the building started out in 1939 as a milk business,
the Dunbar-Bultman Dairy owned by Jims dad and Ralph Dunbar.
Later, the front part became a restaurant, The Dairy Bar.
While the building was being readied for their restaurant opening,
Jims dad, Boots Bultman, walked into the Grub and announced
to Roy Black, who was putting up ceiling tiles, Its
a boy! That was in 1949 when Jim was born.
Jim Bultman, along with his then partner Bill Abplanalp, started
the business in 1977. (Jim bought Bill out about two years later).
Marsha Bultman said, Brad was just a toddler then and I was
really, really pregnant with David.
When the restaurant opened in 1977, the milk business was still
located in the back part of the building. Later it moved across
the street and Jim took over the entire building for the restaurant.
Down through the years, the employees at the Grub have been like
family to the Bultmans. Thelma Kelly was their first cook. She was
known for her pies and their towering meringue. Marsha said Kelly
would have five or six pans going at the same time cooking her pie
filing, but she didnt want any help, she wanted everyone out
of her kitchen!
Other long time employees have been Tonya Peetz, Hervey Byard, Pam
Monroe, Carol Eckstein, Michelle Holman, Lorraine Furlow, Devota
Dean and Carol Evans. For several years Jeff and Cathy Volz managed
One cant come into the Grub without noticing all the stuff
on the walls. Farris Dunagan, handyman extraordinaire
put up most of it. Dunagan also made the tables and booths that
are still in use today. Jim got a lot of the old doors and stained
glass used in the restaurant from the old Freeman Hotel. When they
first opened the restaurant, Jim bought two pick-up trucks full
of scratch and dent items from Donald Dunbar and Dunagan
found places for everything.
After that, people just began donating things. Gene Young gave him
an organ from the old Catholic church. Helen Dunbar had some old
pictures of the area. They were made into the large posters displayed
around the restaurant. There is a stuffed fish from Doc Rows
doctors office. The entire restaurant is a history of Osgood.
Jim could talk for hours on who gave him each piece of memorabilia
in the restaurant. He said when people come in for the first time
many will just wander through and look at everything in amazement.
From the outside no one could miss the outdoor sculptures made by
Dale Loughrey of Australia. Loughrey was in this country working
and made the pieces out of old junk farm equipment. There is General
Osgood, Don Quixoti, a turtle, a large spider and several others.
Most people who go to the Grub dont pay much attention to
their surroundings. Thats because theyve seen it a hundred
times before. At the Grub, their customers are their friends.
Theyre not open for breakfast anymore but there is a group
of friends who stop by every morning for coffee: Doug Thayer, Rex
Strimple, Dan Halcomb, Denny Summers, Gary Comer and some others.
Jim says its a huge social thing. Some of their
regulars are there two or three times a day.
Some people use the Grub like an office, said Jim. People
sell more here than they do at their own place of business. The
public knows certain people are here at the same time every day
so they know where they can find them.
Now, Jim and Marsha are stepping away from the day to day running
of the business and their sons Brad and David are becoming more
involved. Brad and David say as they move forward, they want to
preserve the family feeling the Grub has. And, family is what this
restaurant is all about.
It's a family affair
at Osgood restaurant
CATHY MAY PHOTO
Pictured from left are members of the Bultman family who
own and operate the Osgood Grub Co. Restaurant in Osgood:
David, parents Jim and Marsha, and Brad Bultman.