Ohio village's landmark restaurant vacant

Der Dutchman in Waynesville took $1.5M in fire damage in 2010


WAYNESVILLE, Ohio — A southwestern Ohio village's landmark restaurant remains empty and for sale more than two years after being badly damaged by a fire.

The Der Dutchman restaurant in Waynesville sustained some $1.5 million in damage in October 2010. Fire investigators said the blaze was accidental. No one was injured.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that owner Dutchman Hospitality Inc. has said the large restaurant and property hadn't been profitable for the company. It bought the restaurant in 1998. It had announced about a month after the fire that it wouldn't re-open the restaurant, which employed some 100 people.

Der Dutchman was a stop for tourists and host of local meetings in the quaint village known for its antique shops.

The 42-acre property is listed for sale at $1.4 million.