The Coke Oven
Locations: Washington D.C., Miami ,Florida, Atlanta ,Georgia, New York City, Chicago, Illinois, Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland, Ohio, Columbus, Ohio
Food prepared as coal coke was produced by my grandfather, Lewis Irvin Diggs, who lived with his wife, my grandmother Martha Battles Coles Diggs. Without his big brother, Dan Diggs support, it would have been hard to build such a West Virginia Southern Ohio Empire of the day, especially as black men less than 50 years after slavery. "Mama Gay and Poppa Gay Diggs" as they were known became the America's first black millionaires during World War I. Before Wolrd War I, they owned a restauraunt in Washington Pennsylvania. Grandpa Diggs was known as the "beehive oven king" by steel industrialists Andrew Carnegie, which whom grandfather had met with. His beehive ovens produced the best coke by ingeniously using heat to manipulate the molecular structure of coal producing coke. It is estimated that our coal coke products produced about 3-5% of all steel made in America during World War I until World War II. When Poppa Diggs retired to his nearly square-mile estate in Jackson County Ohio. The estate is now called "Diggs Farm" located on Diggs Road where I spent the first years of my life.
Method: Using the beehive shaped ovens we can produce the best flavor with tenderness. Instead of coal coke we can produce the best cooked meat and vegetables with the best taste, the best atmostphere with a theme appealing to the working man, families, perfectionists, and the wealthy connoisseur.