The Bucket Life

We’re proud to be the neighborhood hub to meet friends and family to celebrate community.
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Our restaurants represent our founder’s vision of genuine hospitality: friendly service in a relaxed setting where everyone is welcome and appreciated. Everyone is family. At the Bucket we are passionate about taking care of one another and our guests. We love what we do and share it with others. This is Bucket Life. It encompasses the company’s culture and philosophies and is supported daily by the following elements: Commitment to Quality, Dedication to Local Communities, Family Matters, Genuine Hospitality, and The Answer is Yes!


Dine 'N Donate Day

We understand raising funds for your school and organizations can be time-consuming. Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern takes the hassle out of planning and organizing fundraisers. You pick the date, we create the flyer and you print and distribute them to family and friends. On that chosen date, anyone who presents the flyer will have 15% of their net sales (food and soft beverages) donated to your organization. It’s that easy!

Request Form

How our Dine ‘n Donate Days work:

    1. Fill out the Request Form and have your W-9 with Tax ID number ready to submit with the request form.
    2. Once your event is approved, we’ll design a flyer for your event! You simply print and distribute the flyers.
    3. On the day of your event, guests will enjoy a great meal at Rusty Bucket and 15%* of their bill will be donated back to your organization!

*Dine-in only, valid on food and soft beverages only.

View Dine ‘n Donate Guidelines and Successful Event Tips

Questions? Contact Samantha Lehner: slehner@myrustybucket.com

*Please note, during the month of March, Dine ‘n Donates are not able to be scheduled on Thursdays, due to March Madness. We appreciate your understanding.

After Your Event:
Our Home Office mails your organization a check for 15% of the total sales from your supporters’ checks (excludes alcohol)
Please allow 21 business days for your check to arrive

Prostart® Program

The Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern is a “ProStart® Preferred Partner” for the Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation.

The ProStart® program was developed to increase the quality and employability of today’s high school restaurant-management and culinary arts graduates by providing them with training related to important management and practical skills, as well as opportunities for career exploration and higher education. The ProStart® program includes an industry-driven curriculum to teach, test and award industry-recognized certificates to students meeting high standards in foodservice and restaurant education.

Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern has also committed to donating a total of $20,000 over the next four years to provide scholarships for future restaurant-management and culinary arts students. Rusty Bucket’s founder and president Gary Callicoat currently sits on the board of the Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation as well.

For more information on ProStart®, and for information on ProStart® employment opportunities, please visit their website at www.oraef.org.

For more information on the Mid-America Restaurant Expo.

Donations & Sponsorship Requests

Donation requests can be submitted by visiting our online form. When submitting a donation request, please be sure to include the following:

  • Organization’s Name, Address, Phone Number
  • Organization Information including 501 (c) number, if possible.
  • Contact Person’s Name and Phone Number
  • Title and Date of Event
  • Type of Fundraiser

Due to the large number of requests the Rusty Bucket receives, the following guidelines have been established for your convenience:

Please submit your request at least 30 days prior to the event. Donations are not intended for use by individuals or groups for personal or corporate profit. Unfortunately, we are not able to honor all requests that we receive, please accept our apology in advance if we are unable to fulfill your request. Our team thanks you for allowing the proper time needed to respond to your request. Thank you for thinking of The Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern. We wish you the best of luck!

*Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern is unable to donate to companies holding campaigns for other organizations, since we contribute to these very worthwhile organizations directly (The Salvation Army, United Way, American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Special Olympics, Make a Wish Foundation, and The American Red Cross)

First responders Bridge

First Responders Bridge is a non-profit (501c3) comprised of first responders who have experienced firsthand the traumatic events associated with duty-related crisis; licensed clinicians who have counseled numerous first responders, and business and community leaders who have the passion for helping first responders and their families.

The “Mission” of First Responders Bridge is to support all active or retired first responders, dispatchers, and their family members or caregivers who are experiencing any traumatic or life-altering event. We will work with them to assist in personal growth to sustain healthy relationships with a multi-faceted approach within a safe and confidential environment.

To learn more, visit https://firstrespondersbridge.org/about/


"We call it Rusty Bucket because 'Heaven' was already taken."
Gary Callicoat, President & Chief Bucketeer

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