Marilyn Bittner Is This Week's Hometown Hero

Our Hometown Hero series takes us to an Evansville restaurant serving up everything from barbecue to slices of homemade strawberry pie.

Posted: Apr 24, 2021 6:26 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2021 7:52 PM

Our Hometown Hero series takes us to an Evansville restaurant serving up everything from barbeque to slices of homemade strawberry pie.

"They come in from a bad day, I'll give them a good day."

Marilyn Bittner has run the tables at Wolf's Barbeque on North First Avenue for 48 years now.

"I was working 6 days a week here and I've been here ever since."

It all started in 1973, working the night shift.

"My aunt, she said 'Well why don't you go down to Wolf's and be a server and I thought well I can do that."

In her 48 years, she has seen it all.

"Later on, they added the balcony and then they added this on, and we had a lot of parties up there. I worked a lot of parties up there at night."

Waiting on generations of families.

"I had so many regular customers years ago, but they fade away. I really do miss them, and I think about them a lot because I was with them so much."

And Wolf's has seen Marilyn through many of life's milestones.

Since she started, she's married, raised four kids, has nine grandkids, and 12 great-grandkids.

"I should break myself away from it, but I can't. You know how it is when you get used to a place and you just can't give it up."

Marilyn is one of the few career waitresses in this town and to her customers and coworkers, she's family.

"I work with good people and that makes a good difference. They work with you and everything. I don't know what to say I just love it here."

So, if you happen to visit Marilyn and sit at one of her tables, know she'll be offering something much sweeter than anything you can find on the menu.

"I don't see no reason to quit. I still have it up here so that's the main thing."

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After a damp start to our Monday, the rain and skies gradually cleared for many of us and we were left with a pleasant and breezy, albeit humid afternoon throughout the Tri-State. The southerly winds paired with the clearer skies later in the day helped drive temperatures back into mid to low 80s for many of us. The evening ahead should remain dry and mild; after seeing temperatures around 80° dinnertime and 75° by 10PM, we'll fall off to a morning low near 69° in Evansville early Tuesday morning.
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