CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — And then there was one. 1833 State Rd in Cuyahoga falls is home to the last standing Arthur Treacher's Restaurant in the nation.
Last week, to celebrate the rich history of the restaurant, Don Walters, Mayor of Cuyahoga falls declared June 30 as Arthur Treacher's day.
For many northeast Ohioans, young or old, Arthur Treacher's holds a special place in their hearts. Beginning in the 1960 the fast-food chain has been frying up fish and chips, even at one point boasting over 800 locations.
“Arthur Treacher's is a cornerstone in a lot of the fast foods, and it’s just not there, “ said Chis Tarter, a die-hard Arthur Treache'rs. The longtime supporter says it’s a shame to see all of the different restaurants closing down.
Cuyahoga falls mayor says he agrees which is why he wants to recognize the last standing fish and chips location.
“Well this is a huge deal, I’ve been here my whole life I grew up with Arthur Treacher's, and to know that it’s the only one in the whole country is amazing,” says Don Walters, Mayor of Cuyahoga falls.
The move to appreciate the location comes after the second to last location in Garfield heights shut their fryers off a few weeks ago.
“The last couple of weeks, have been a roller-coaster when I closed my Garfield heights location,” says Ben Victoria owner of Arthur Treacher's.
And for Ben it’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle, even calling himself “the original fry cook.”
“There’s a nostalgic feel to Arthur Treacher's we haven’t changed since 1969,” he explained.
His career has spanned more than five decades, saying that as long as his health hold up, he will continue to fry fish for as long as possible, even if it means holding down the last standing Arthur Treacher's location in the nation.
*Editors Note: This video is from a previous report.