Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller
Date: May 7, 2023
This restaurant became the most famous roadside attraction in Sidney due to a surprise visit by President George W. Bush in August 2004. While campaigning for re-election, Bush stopped by the restaurant for a hamburger and piece of pie. As a vegetarian I ate off the grid on this day, ordered a Bush Burger (named after the President), delicious homemade vegetable soup and a thick, frosted chocolate malt. Rosie had a fish sandwich and onion rings. We sat in the same booth that the President sat in.
And speaking of celebrities, actor Rob Lowe’s grandfather owned the Spot from 1950 to 1980. Rob ate here a couple years while in town raising money for tornado relief.
The Spot Restaurant was first opened in 1907 by Spot Miller (no relation to me that I know of). The mid-century modern neon sign hanging over the front entrance door is the Spot trademark. Over a dozen car ports are located on the west side of the restaurant. Locals eating in the restaurant noticed Rosie and I were non-Sidney residents, so they freely came to our table to inquire about us and talk for a while. Quite a nostalgic and down-home restaurant.