The Bucket Life

We're proud to be the place where your neighborhood eats, drinks and laughs.

Our restaurants represent our founder’s vision of genuine hospitality: friendly service in a relaxed setting. In order for our associates to bring this vision to life for our guests, they must feel supported by our team and share our commitment to our values and goals. We put our associates first and in turn, they take great care of our guests. Bucket Life is our definition of “The Good 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!

  • We want everyone to be comfortable here.
  • We cook from scratch because we think food just tastes better that way.
  • We believe in family meals and love having kids and large groups in our restaurants.
  • We love when there’s a game on. Sports are about camaraderie for us.
  • We know beer and always pour the perfect draft.
  • We believe cocktails are a craft and train our bar staff as we train our kitchen team.
  • We live tavern life. We are a community hub and a neighborhood gathering place.
Great food. Great Drinks. Great People. That's the Bucket Life.

  • 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! 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. Call and speak with your neighborhood Rusty Bucket manager to schedule a day for your event. (based on availability, Monday - Wednesday)
    3. Once your event is approved, we’ll design a flyer for your event! You simply print and distribute the flyers.
    4. 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 Jacqueline Karp:

    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

  • 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

    For more information on the Mid-America Restaurant Expo.

  • Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern is a proud partner of Canine Companions for Independence®.

    Canine Companions for Independence® is celebrating its 40th anniversary of providing highly trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has six training centers across the country, including CA, FL, OH, NY and TX, and has placed nearly 5,000 assistance dogs. These dogs are trained in over 40 commands including turning light switches on and off, opening doors, pulling wheelchairs and picking up items that are dropped.

    The partnership that is formed between a person with a disability and their Canine Companions assistance dog is truly inspirational. This powerful relationship leads to increased independence, self-esteem and inclusion for a person with a disability.

    There is no charge for the dog, its training and ongoing follow-up services.

  • Due to the large number of requests the Rusty Bucket receives, the following guidelines have been established for your convenience. Donation requests can be submitted in writing to the General Manager at your local Rusty Bucket location. All requests must be submitted in writing on your organization’s letterhead and include the following information:

    • 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 amount of requests we receive, 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. We apologize, but The Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern is unable to donate to companies holding campaigns for other organizations because 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). 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. Thank you for thinking of The Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern. We wish you the best of luck!

Happy Hour
M-F, 3-6 PM, Anywhere in the Bucket
Half-priced Apps & Pizzas
$5 Juicy Lucy Burgers
$1 Off all Beer, Wine & Cocktails
Weekend Bucket Brunch
Try our Chicken & Waffles
and other crowd pleasing combos!
Sat & Sun 11-3 PM
Dine ‘N Donate Days.
The Tastiest Way To Fundraise.

"We call it Rusty Bucket because 'Heaven' was already taken."

Gary Callicoat, President & Chief Bucketeer
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