Harold Harris has been an active member of the Sugar City community for a long time. From owning a construction company, to working on the city council for 12 years, he has an invested interest in the future of the town. So when he saw a need for a restaurant, he decided to rise to the occasion.
“So we’ve gone a lot of years without a eating facility here, and people have asked us about it, and they’ve talked, we’ve talked to a lot of people about it, and we decided we’d just bite the bullet,” said Harold Harris, founder of Ole’s.
Ole’s was established in 2011. And since then it has become a favorite place to eat for many in and out of the community. They specialize in burgers, shakes and fries. But they are also steeped in the history of Sugar City. Even the name has a long history.
“My middle name is Lee. My dad used to holler at me, and he’d say Oh Lee! Pretty soon he just shortened it and said Ole. My mother said if you keep calling him that, that’s what his name’s gonna be. And he did it just to harass my mother. My kids have always known that my nickname was Ole. So they’re the ones that named it Ole’s.”
Harris bought the building from the school district. He used to attend woodshop there. Now that it is a restaurant, Harris has retained the history within the building.
“19-3 is when the city came into existence, and 2003 was their one-hundredth anniversary. And I put a pictorial history together. People sit here and read a lot about the history of sugar city. And I do have, uh, several pictures of what the community looked like years and years ago.
So from good food, to a good read, Ole’s has been contributing to the community since it’s beginning.