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March 24, 2004Jerry Lucas' Beef and Shakes on Huy Rd. in North Columbus. The Boardwalk E.Main St. not far from James Rd. and a second location on State Street in Westerville. The specialty items were knockout coneys, sizzling hot crinkle fries, and ice cold beer at the Main St. location. And don't forget the Golden Point which is now Donato's on Oakland Park.
March 28, 2004
I used to manage a Zantigo restaurant on 161 (I think it's 161, but I haven't lived in Columbus since 1979). I agree they had pretty good food for that genre of restaurant. I enjoyed working there, and a while back did a websearch and found there are still some Zantigo devotees out there. Zantigo's green chili (diablo) had a small group of dedicated fans, but it was a bit hot for most area taste buds. I liked the green chilitos we used to make. Unfortunately, when we got our first microwave ovens, we switched from aluminum to foam plates, and many key cooking methods were changed then. For example, corn tortillas for enchiladas were no longer dipped in oil and heated in the infrared oven. The new method was to dip in hot water and then microwave - just not the same! Also, the green chili went from containing fresh tomatillos and onions to those two ingredients coming dehydrated, and then we added water to hydrated upon cooking. Again, just not the same. They had some killer refried beans as well with the real honest to goodness lard, and the 50/50 blend of mild cheddar and monterrey jack cheese. I was sad to see them turned into Taco Bells.
March 28, 2004I also worked at Albert P. GRubbs in the mid-seventies. My first ever restaurant employee experience, and was there that I overturned a tray holding glasses of red wine, and trashed some fellow's white polyester suit. Thanks for helping me revive some old memories.
March 28, 2004So good to see Mills Restaurant listed. I remember what a 'big deal' it was to eat at Mills after going to a movie at one of the handful of movie theaters downtown. I especially remember the roast beef dinner and mashed potatoes with gravy. Yum! This was probably in the late 1950's.
March 30, 2004
I enjoy your site. I believe there was a BBF on West Broad Street, near Great Western Shopping Center in the mid-1960s. I believe it was near a Holiday Inn, near I-270. The Holiday Inn is now another motel, maybe Days Inn, and the building that housed the BBF is now an auto dealership. I was wondering if anyone has any photos of the old Great Western shopping center. It had displays in the parking lot of the Seven Wonders of the World. I remember seeing these as a kid (unless it was my imagination). Thanks!
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April 14, 2004I think I can help you a little... BBF @ Riverside Dr. & Fishinger. Sadly, this is now a McDonalds. ...don't forget the old Saxon's restaurant next door. It became a bank and is now a CORD Camera. They had the best roast beef and tater tots ever. GD Ritzy's. All three Evansville locations are open. We live near the one on University Dr. and my son loves the burgers and ice cream.Great site! Lotsa good memories.
9 June 2004
There was a Burger Chef on Lane Avenue in Arlington. I believe it was directly east of Tommy's Pizza and is now a Taco Bell.
The Olentangy Inn diner is now Cap City diner on Olentangy River Rd.
There was a Big Bite on W. Henderson Road. I believe it was just east of the old Pizza Hut.
There was a Mother's Pizza on W. Henderson Rd. that closed to become a Presutti and Chin's. It was later a Schmidt's and then torn down to become a CVS pharmacy.
Oh, a P.S.- I didn't notice if you had the Cantina del Rio listed on your site. Built near the intersection of Brice Rd. and I-70. It was a Bob Evans owned concept only open 2-3 years. I believe the building to still be vacant. There were other locations in Columbus as well that were purchased by the Thomas & King franchise which owns all of the Applebee's locations in Central Ohio (based in Lexington, KY). They turned some of the units into Rio Bravo, but then bailed out due to low revenues. (I used to work for them too). I'll visit again soon
19 July 2004
There was a BBF on Morse rd. that is now Rosie O'Grady's. Before that it was 106.3 Club and King Tut's.
How about adding York Steak House. You got Ponderosa:( I worked York when I was in high school. The first one was here in Columbus at the Patio (corner of Karl Rd and Morse Rd). The old Patio was torn down back in 1982, I believe. At one time, they had a York in Northland, Eastland, and maybe Westland malls(maybe it was located on West Broad near Westland mall). There was also a standalone unit on Hamilton Rd just next to Eastland. They too were sold to General Mills and that's about when the chain went into decline. I think the West Broad street store may still be open. Two former York managers bought the name and reopened it.
I have some old photos of the interior.Great web site.Another restaurant was Guy's. It was a sub store also located at the I think you have it listed as Guy's Hamburgers
24 July 2004Hello. I was looking at your website and noticed youhave some information about the Sisters Chicken & Biscuits food chain. I've heard that there was a Sisters Chicken & Biscuits inColumbus, but I did not know it was true. I use to live in Findlay Ohio, and in the 1980s there was a Sisters Chicken & Biscuits. Unfortunately the restaurant closed in the early 1990s. The building has been demolished and is now a Godfather's Pizza. I loved Sisters Chicken & Biscuits, and I miss it very much.Do you know if there are anymore of these restaurantsstill in existence? (unfortunately no)
07 Oct 2004
I grew up on E. Livingston and went to Walnut Ridge HS. My Dad used to take us to Reeb's Restaurant, I think it was on Livingston. On the drive there he'd always point out where Eddie Rickenbacker was born. He would also take us, all 9 kids and Mom to Willards Restaurant on Main St. in Bexley Just down the block was Norwoods Amusement Park. Anyone else remember that?
I left Columbus in 1976 when I was 18 and I've lived in Northern California for 25 years. It sure is great to hear about and remember, Emils, and Peter Pan and The Ollie Burger and BBF and Shakeys on Hamilton RD. They had a player piano in there that would fascinate me for hours. I almost forgot about Flippo! We used to go to Planks Bear Garden and Schmidts Sausage house in German Village. Wow that was fun!
Thanks for the Memories.
18 Oct 2004
The old Shakeys Pizza is now Capoziellos. There used to be a L and K restaurant right in front of Schottensteins North before they expanded the warehouse. I worked briefly at the main Dexter's Subs location on E.Broad St. They used to make chili that was almost a dead knock off of Wendys. Dog and Suds was the first paying job that I ever had. Old Fashioned Root beer, car hops, and foot long coneys were a few of the menu items. <M.Craig>
someone mentioned Hymies' Hot Subs in here somewhere. I delivered for Hymies back in 1979/80, when it was on East Woodruff, and in 1981/82, when it was on High Street, in the storefront on the north side of the Universiity theater, which became a Mcdonald's which became something else...Hymies opened up in the early 1960's I believe, in downtown Columbus. When I worked there a guy named Arnie Levine owned it, then sold it to a couple other guys who turned it into Pinn Central Station, cashing in on subs, pizza, and video games. (I had the highest scores on Centipede for awhile.)
Dec 15, 2004did anyone ever go to the Bombay Bicycle Club across from eastland mall on hamilton road? there was also another great restaurant beside of it and i cant remember the name? i have a picture of my son when he was 2 years old eating at the zantigo on s. high st. across from mercy hospital. the building still looks the same. lisa y
Dec 24, 2004
Neat idea. I've got some history on a website I do for a diner downtown. It's called Jack's. Check it out: http://www.jacksdowntowndiner.com/ There are photograghs of the original Jack's from 1963, in it's original location on the corner of N. High St & Hickory St. Check out the History section for more info. The red neon restaurant sign from the old State & Fourth Grill now hangs in Jack's too. I have a couple of great photos of that place too, I can send them to you if you like.
I didn't see it listed, back in the sixties there was what I call a REAL Krispy Kreme donut place directly east of Graceleand shopping center. It wasn't anything like the new Krispy Creme franchises, except the green and white sign. They made the worlds best stick donuts ! Now the clerks in these new-fangled places don't even know what a stick donuts is.
I'm starting to think I'm truly crazy, or it was a dream, but from sometime around 83-85?.
Jan 28, 2005
Do you remember The Circus Chef Diner on S.High St.? How about Cardo's Pizza in Great Southern Mall? Doersam's Restaurant downtown on W.Broad , Phillips Coneys , Ray Johnson's Fish Market which has moved to a "new" location. To the person that mentioned The Top: It's still open, under new ownership.
Jan 31, 2005
There was a BBF in Westerville in the early 70's. It was on S. State St. next to McDonalds (Arbys location?).
I wanted some info on LUMS - I had been in touch with a LUMS in Woodbridge VA - I spoke with them about 2 months ago and they were going to sell me the ollie burger spices - when I went from GA to VA last week I found the place closed up tight.
March 13, 2005Shakey's Pizza in Whitehall is NOT Capoziellos now (from M. Craig's note of Nov 4, 2004). Shakey's is now a Ricart storage lot/offices now. Capoziellos is next door and is still there. Sadly, it looks like Del Mattos is closed (On Main in Whitehall). Not sure if it will reopen at some point. That place was a total time warp. I swear they hadn't changed a thing since the early 60's.
Yea, Zantigo's killed Taco Bell. Their Chilito rocked. And how about the coney place on Main. I think it was called The Boardwalk. Cool place, great ham & cheese sandwiches. Thanks for the list!
April 3 2005
I grew up on Green Gables hamburgers and strawberry pie. They had the best strawberry pie around. It was the only strawberrypie with what we called strawberry goop YUM YUM. My husband is a few years older than me and he remembers driving to Green Gables with a friend to find someone to race with on a 1/4 mile road in Hilliard Ohio.v
April 5 2005
In Westerville, State Street, in the 60s there was Williams Grill -- best lemon merage (sp?) pie -- and Shelton's -- best Shrimp in a Basket -- and D&D Pizza --mmm Pepperoni. For about five minutes in the 70s came Denver Burger where, I think, the Chipotle is now
There was another chain called De-Lites. They specialized in light, healthy food...salads, fruit, etc. Two locations I know of were on Karl Road, just north of Morse on the east side of the street across from a car dealership, and another on Dublin-Granville Road, a block west of 161, across from the current Friendly's restaurant. Both were converted initially to Household Bank. I vaguely remember a location in Westerville, too, just north of 270 on Westerville Road.
April 15 2005
Aug 11. 2005
Two you may want to consider...I'm sorry, but I do not have the addresses handy at this time. There was a restaurant called Duff's Smorgasborg on North Murray Hill Road in Lincoln Village on the West Side of Columbus. It is now Westside Family Practice.
September 23, 2005
Ponderosa resturants, there is a closed one in Westerville on state street just north of 270, next to Arbys, and there is a former ponderosa that is now a Mexican Resturant off Tussing Road near the intersection of Brice and Tussing.
Dec 1, 2005
I just stumbled across Curt Boster's Columbus site and it would seem he and I had the same childhood. A restaurant he mentions is Pete's Red Pig Diner. Some of my earliest memories are of my father and I sharing a booth at Pete's while we scarfed those great cheeseburgers. And my very first job was as a carhop at Stewart's Drive-In on Yearling Road (I held that job for exactly one week). I also remember my mother turning Friday dinners into BBF Night. Thanks, Curt, for returning me to my fast food youth.
Don't forget the Arthur Treacher's on Hamilton Road in Whitehall. I think it was just off of Etna Road (or maybe Langley?) and I believe it opened in the 70s. Of course, neither me nor my friends would go because, well, who knew what "chips" were? We'd eat Mexican or Chinese or Italian food in a second. But English?! No way!
Dec 6, 2005
I didn't see this mentioned on your site: the little restaurant inside of the Woolco (in Great Eastern?) Was it called the Red Grill? And this isn't food related, but who recalls Shopper's Fair on Broad just past Town & Country? Is it a Kmart now? I love this website!
Dec 19, 2005
I've lived in Illinois for the past 25 years, but only recently made a discovery. In Grayslake, which is a far northern suburb of Chicago, there is a Dog 'n" Suds. It has the same sign as the one that was in Whitehall, and it still employs carhops! The PA is tuned to an oldies station, so it really feels like a step back in time. Does this mean D 'n' S is a franchise, or that some enterprising signmaker got rich off a single design?
Two of us are trying to recall a healthy fast food chain from the early 1980s and we cannot remember the name. I stumbled across your site during a deep Google search. Very cool.
One of the locations for the chain we are trying to remember was on Route 3 just north of 270 on the west side of the road. We believe the company was public and was perhaps focused on burgers. If you have any info it would be much appreciated. *DeLites
Also, there was a Burger Chef on North High St in Worthington just south of York Golf Club. I believe it is now a church.
Also Sandy’s Drive Inn at 4299 N.
High St. became a Rally’s at some point and is now House of India.
(Assuming this is the place on the corner of High and Cooke Rd.)
Hope this helps…
Neat website, old Columbus restaurants - thanks for putting it together. I remember a BBF (BurgerBoy Food-o-rama - Home of the Whirling Satellite!) on Morse Road in the sixties. I also remember some local celebrities doing their commercials, like Luci on Luci's Toyshop (a kid's show), and Flippo the Clown on his Early Show in the afternoons on weekdays.Iremember, too, on Morse Road, in the 80's, a Middle Eastern or Greek restaurant called Big Bite, which featured gyros, orange/creamsicle shakes, etc. There were other locations, too. There was another restaurant in the 70's-80's downtown Columbus called Periwinkle's Salads, on Long Street, that had, among other things,homemade salads like tuna, chicken or turkey, made with lots of sprouts, celery and other yummy stuff. I'm trying to locate their recipes, have even written to the Columbus Dispatch, but no luck yet. If I can think of others, I'll let you know. And thanks for any info you are able to provide, too!
Monday April 03, 2006
What a great site! So many memories; I'm hoping you (or another reader) can help me with a long lost memory.
Anyway, I enjoyed reading about the history of Rax, I remember them well, but didn't know they started as Jax.
I once threw up after drinking about 5 of these drinks that came in fake ceramic coconuts at the Kahiki when I was about 6.
I would kill my own mother to eat at Zantigo again. And Burger Chef....so good. Thanks again!!
April 7 2006
Wow! I am stunned and amazed at the B&W photo of the
Ya know... they built one just like that one down the hill from my childhood home near Arlington Park, in Huntington, West Virginia. It would have been at the corner of Washington Blvd and Route 60... zip code 25705.
The brick you see on the sides were *glossy* blue, and the bathrooms were DOWNSTAIRS under the eating areas. That's why it can be so small on the property. The building was demolished years ago, probably because of the complicated roof style... and a lack of appreciation for the modern style in the area.
I think it became a Borden Burger, then a Burger Chef, and then a Burger King... which actually rebuilt across the street. Across the street from the BBF before that was an A frame "house" that served as the local visitors welcome center. Gone.
I bet those bathrooms are still underground there... I can't imagine that anyone would have dug them up. They are not part or connected to the new structure. Its a gas station and minimart of some kind now. Again, the original building with the arches is long gone. Sad, really.
April 15, 2006
Hi. You mentioned that Lum's bought Ollie's Trolley and then used the Ollieburger recipe in their restaurants. We used to have a Lum's restuarant here in Maryland that I used to go to on a Saturday afternoon while grocery shopping. On a hot summer day, I would have a stein of beer and a wonderful Ollieburger. Then they closed and that was the end of it. But, the Ollieburger lived on in my memory.
However, yesterday (Good Friday, April 14, 2006), I was in downtown Washington, DC, and what do I see in the Hotel Harrington at 12th and E Streets, NW: An Ollie's Trolley...and they had Ollieburgers listed outside the building and I could actually see it across the street. Because it was Good Friday, I could not order the Ollieburger. Also, when I was talking to the cashier trying to tell her about the Ollieburgers at Lums, I couldn't remember the name of the restuarant.
She kept telling me that Ollie's Trolley has been in business for many years (I think going back to the 40's) and she pooh-poohed my trying to remember the Ollieburgers at another restaurant with a different name. However, I did stay and has a crabmeat sandwich with fries. They covered the fries with Old Bay seasoning (that's what it tasted like), and I resolved to go back to try the Ollieburger.
Later when talking with my brother in law on the phone, I remembered the name of the restaurant of my memories--Lums, and I decided to look up Lums and Ollieburger in Google. That's how I came across your website.
Well, Ollieburgers and Ollie's Trolley is still around. The Ollie's Trolley that I visited yesterday was kinda run-down, but it was good to find the Ollieburger again. Also, I have found several websites with a recipe that claims to be for the Ollieburgers, that I am going to try. Just wanted to update you on my find--the Ollie's Trolley. The cashier claimed the were a chain with other locations.
To be honest, I really liked Lums better. It had a family restaurant atmosphere. I'm not a big drinker but on a hot summer day the stein of beer went so well with the Ollieberger, and I didn't feel like I was in a bar. Ollie's Trolley does not serve beer, and I will probably grab the Ollieberger to go and take it back to work to enjoy at lunchtime at work. I'm going to have to take the Metro subway train there and back to and from work, just to see if it is the same as I remembered.
It's supposed to have a special sauce and the recipes on the internet don't seem to have the sauce, but they do have a marinade.
I wish you well and will probably look to see if I see any other Ollie's Trolleys listed, but there is one in downtown DC.
May 14 2006Love this website! There was a BBF at the corner of Fishinger Road and Riverside Drivebeginning in the early 60's- there is now a McDonalds there. A Burger Chef was located next to Tommy's Pizza on Lane Avenue near Upper Arlington.There is a shoe store for runners there now. Greg
May 22, 2006Hello: I would like to see a posting on Bill Knapp's The last Columbus Bill Knapp's closed in 2001 at 6851 N.High Street in Worthington and is now a Sky Bank. Upper Arlington on Riverside Drive torn down and a Bob Evans is on the site. The East Side Bill Knapp's on Lonsdale Rd and Livingston still standing vacant. Also was there ever a Burger chef north of Worthington on High Street but was torn down when I-270 was built. I read that somewhere but do not remember it. What happened to Shoneys in Ohio? Doug
May 29, 2006
I believe there is still a GD Ritzys in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. on rt 17 (Kings Highway)
Friday June 09, 2006
I`ve been researching old abandoned amusement parks and came across your site. I have lived in florida for the past 20 years, but grew up on the west side of columbus. Does anyone remember Green Gables at the Central Point shopping center? there was also a BBF there. there was a Burger Chef on W Broad st at Hague ave.I was back in Ohio in 1998, and so much had changed.It was realy nice seeing some of the old things and places of my childhood
Jun 15, 2006Hi Everybody,
I love this website and wondered if you have any
information on the restaurant Isaly's on Third in German Village. They had
the best chicken salad! I was wondering if you knew about the Swiss House
restaurant on Broad st. It was a gem of a place!
I love this website, it's like a walk down memory lane when times/ people were good. Thanks for sharing this information with the rest of us!
Aug 11 2006
Hey, cool site. I was just talking with a friend about decorating my
kitchen with photographs of old restaurants that have closed, and stumbled
upon your site. Very unique. I'm glad you did this.
I remember way back in the day, when I was like five years old (in 1982) that there used to be a Zantigos at the southwest corner of Wilson Rd. and W. Broad St. I think it's a Budget Car Sales now. I also remember going to a Burger Chef on Sullivant Ave. near Demorest Rd. I think it's a bar called Boomer's now.
Again, thanks for doing this. I really enjoyed your site.
Sep 6 2006I love the site! Very entertaining.
I had no idea about the Seven Wonders at Great Western. I e-mailed it to some friends who are long-time Columbus residents and even they didn't know about it.
I'm currently putting together a website about the old Indianola Park
in the University District and I was curious about a couple images in
the Defunct Amusement Park section. Specifically, the B&W photo of
the pavilion and the postcard of the rustic bridge. The photo isclearly from the 1930s since you can see the chimney of Indianola
Junior High (est. 1929) in the background. There isn't a lot out
there from Indianola in the 1930s. The rustic bridge postcard is
pretty uncommon too. I've been collecting Indianola postcards for the
past three years and never seen anything like it.
Thanks for a great site!
Sept 7, 2006Hi,, First of all let me say it was so kool to find this site, as it brought back so many memories,, i now live in North Carolina, near Fort Bragg, but i grew up in Columbus, west side. After finding this site had to call my older brother ( lives in New Lexington, Ohio) to test his memory, Green Gables, central point shopping center, friday nights,cruiseing, lookin for guys to race,, listening to WCOL (FM),, first kiss,, take me back,, the BBF (mainliner ). Jerrys drive in on High Street, like a scene from the movie "American Grafiti", White Castle central avenue, 7 wonders of the world ( Great Western Shopping Center) ok got to stop, gettin all mushy here ,, once again thx , keep it going
I'm glad someone mentioned Sandy's! We LOVED Sandy's, went there way before that first McDonald's opened up, as mentioned in an earlier post. I miss ALL the Howard Johnson's restaurants--this chain should never have been allowed to close. I remember when the Taco Bell and Arthur Treacher's opened in the Westerville area, and we got food from there all the time. I still love Arthur Treacher's but haven't seen one in years and don't know if they ever made it to the NW where I am now (Seattle). I adored the Kahiki, it was our favorite special occasion restaurant. I want there after prom, and we threw a party there the day after our wedding in 76. I can't believe the Christopher Inn has been torn down--I remember when it was brand new and I was allowed to go there once for cocktails as a girl, all dressed up. I had my first "Shirley Temple" cocktail there! I remember Perkins Pancake House with fondness. Can't remember the name of our favorite Chinese place, but it was in the Clintonville area--might it have been Kowloon? It's not there anymore. And then there was a Hungarian restaurant on High St. just north of OSU campus. It was in a white building, can't remember the name. Fabulous. What ever happened to Montaldo's by the way, and didn't they used to have a brand of candy for which they were famous? When we first moved to Columbus, Northland shopping center was just being finished--there wasn't anything out there, and you could zoom up 161 Eastbound going 75mph! I remember seeing Krispy Kreme about a jillion times. We never went there, but went instead to Jolly Roger for donuts. I was shocked when Krispy Kreme became a big big deal nationally a few years back. I thought it was just a single little dinky shop near Graceland. The only sub sandwich I ever had which was to die for was back in 1970 in a dive on the OSU campus. Can't think of a name for the place, as I believe you had to enter from the back. It was on High St. A lot of my childhood memories are back in Columbus--and I enjoy the memories all of you are sharing. I loved Ritzy's--what on earth happened to this chain--they were great!
I don't see the Sandy's that was close to the Northern Lights Shopping Center on Cleveland Avenue. I remember this very well, because it was next to a "giant slide" when those first became popular. It was such a treat to go down the slide and then eat at Sandy's. I particularly remember one summer they gave away kites to all the kids. I was thrilled with my new paper kite with "Sandy" on it!
2 Apr 2009
I would love to know more about the BBF locations that had Roto-Sphere signs:
I happen to have a photo of a Danite index card from Milks' box:
I have copies of the cards but I don't know if all 19 that went to Columbus went to the BB restaurants. Milks' cards only show the sign co. that he shipped to not where they wound up. That's my job to figure out!
05 Apr 2009
'Hi- I am trying to locate information on the old Phil-E Steaks and Eggrolls located at 1538 N High St in Columbus- that I believe closed in the late 1980's. I would pay top dollar to locate the owner to discuss how he made his Philly sandwiches. I own a Diner and for years have tried to duplicate the recipe to no avail. I was an OSU student from 1978 thru 1983.
07 Apr 2009
Do you remember the name of a restaurant/performing venue near The Village Inn Pizza on Olentangy River Road on the east side of the road near North Broadway? Seems like it was a place the Kenny Rogers once performed. Had singers, etc. In the late 60's early 70's. My wife went to the Riverside School of nursing and her and her friends are trying to recall the name. Thanks!'
10 May 2009
Really enjoyed looked through your site! Looks like Columbus has a treasure trove of restaurant history!
I’m really into Burger Chef. I was wondering if you had an exact address for the former Burger Chef on S Hamilton Rd? I don’t think I’ve ever seen an open air version first hand before. Any additional information would be appreciated!
25 May 2009
we're trying to remember the name of a really good restaurant located in a motel ( hotel or motor lodge) on dublin road below fifth in 1964. either the name of the motel or restaurant----they might be the same. thanks
28 Jun 2009
Do you have any history on old hotels? There used to be a large hotel located where Westland Mall now stands. I thought it was named Nationwide, but I can't find anything on this hotel - this was back in the late 50's or early 60's.
Answer: I dont log hotels but someone might know
30 Jun 2009
Hey great site!!!!! I loved Sisters Chicken and Biscuits!!!! The Everglades restaurant on W Broad I don't remmeber but was it close to the Colonial Hotel at georgesville and W Broad? I remember a restaurant in that hotel named the "Fishermans Wharf" I think.
Anyways great website. I linked to it from my page. My page is dedicated to nostalgia from the West side. Check it out:
... I realize after doing some research that the Everglades was further west and on the north side of the street from where I was thinking. The motel at the southwest corner of Georgesville and W Broad was the Nationwide Inn but I swear there was a restuarant in it. I also showed your site to some people and they all loved it. It got me and my sister talking about the Wine Cellar and Lums. And yes, Zantigo's blew Toxic Hell out of the water. I will post a comment about that on your site later.
19 Jul 2009
I remember the biltmore cafe on west broad st. and Maria's pizza on west broad st. I grew up on the west side 60's
15 Aug 2009
Do you have any pictures of the old Desert Inn on Broad St? Also the Ranch Drive Inn, and the Eastmoor Drive Inn?
12 Sep 2009
There was a pizza place (chicago style, i think) on campus.. late 70's....high and 12th??? that's decor was other restaurant slogans... you walked in the door, lined up by the wall, and bought pizza by the slice.... (not street scene)... do you know what it was called? was it Godfather?'
Answer: SANDROS Pizza.
24 Sep 2009
You have forgotten the Glass Bowl on Main St in Bexley at Cassingham. Shaped like a hugh inverted goblet. Later changed into a TV aand Radio repair shop. Then torn down for a Cochran's Parmacy. Now a Bruggers on one side and another kind of restaurant on the other.
02 Oct 2009
You have forgotten the Glass Bowl on Main St in Bexley at Cassingham. Shaped like a hugh inverted goblet. Later changed into a TV aand Radio repair shop. Then torn down for a Cochran's Parmacy. Now a Bruggers on one side and another kind of restaurant on the other.
ALSO: The Little Brothers bar is now at Alanas.
07 Oct 2009
I know your site says "Columbus", but there is an excellant example of a Lum's on SR 79 in Heath, OH theat became a Molly Malone's, and is now a Chinese restaurant. Also an old Taco Bell nearby. If you are into the architecture side, these would make some good photos for comparison.'
19 Oct 2009
What was the name of the Chinese restaurant on Long Street between High St. & Front St. famous for War Su Guy
26 Oct 2009
I would like to know the name of the Chinese restaurat that was on the corner of Gay & Front Streets in Columbus, Ohio across from the YMCA. Thank you.
27 Oct 2009
There used to be a free-standing chinese restaurant in the parking lot at Eastland Mall close to Hamilton Road. Do you remember the name?
02 Nov 2009
Thanks for the site. It brings back memories of the 70's and 80's when I lived in Columbus. I was intrigued to see a posting by someone else who enjoyed Ilonka's restaurant and their rolls with jelly inside. I also recall Bill Knapp's, Lums, Swenson's, Del Mattos, and countless other restaurants my friends and I enjoyed.
13 Nov 2009
I've been trying to remember the name of the restaurant/bar in German Village that was popular in the 1970's. I believe it was in the same location where Lindey's Restaurant is now. It had a bar/restaurant on the ground floor and pool tables, air hockey tables and other games upstairs.
15 Nov 2009
'Hi ,love your website. The only problem is I remember allot of things in it.
In your picture section of BBF there is still a very good example of one of their buildings on Cemetery Road in Hilliard. It is on the north east side of the Road almost to Main Street. I also saw a reference to TAT restaurants. I remember one at Broad and James that was torn down to build a Sisters Chicken that is a Sammy's Beagles. Also one on Main Street just East of James, and another one in Reynoldsburg. I was born and raised in the Bexley area so most of my memories are from the East Side.Wish I had pictures sorry I only have memories
06 Dec 2009
I Googled Columbus Ohio restaurants 1980s, in an effort to find the name of a business at Bethel & Sawmill, next to what was then Rocky's... came to your sight, check the database for address locations, and came up with David's of San Francisco...used to live in the area (when Hayden Run Rd. stopped at the Sawmill Athletic Club!, and the bridge over the Scioto was old iron truss) Both locations are now "gentleman's clubs", which is how the conversation started in the first place! Thanks.
23 Jan 2010
Great Site! I just started a facebook group called Columbus Ohio Stuff That's Gone because it is so much fun to think about the good old days! Grew up on the far east side. My favs were Mill's Cafeteria, the Desert Inn, and Swensons. Also there was a place called Forester's (or something like that) near Lazarus on N. High in the downtown area. A soda fountain and it had great candy. Does anyone remember it? It seems that was where I had my last really great chocolate soda. Disappointed ever since.
27 Jan 2010
Hello! I put a comment on your site...I used to work at Leonardo's Pizza on Morse Rd. That was the best pizza in town! The Orrechio family that owned several pizza places in town were wonderful people. Do you remember that place?
07 Mar 2010
hi i was born and raised in columbus ohio from 1948 thru 1968 . i have many fond memories of some great places to hang out . big bev drive -n on cleveland ave . great burgers and pie and milk shakes . dog and suds drive-in on 3 c highway . great rootbeer and sluhes and coneys . mills cafeteria downtown , near lazarus . they had the best fried or baked haddock i ever ate . i hope someone not only recalls mills cafeteria but by chance may know the recipe for that fish...
09 Mar 2010
I'm a journalism student at OSU writing an article on the lack of an IHOP in Columbus, OH. Would you happen to know anything about the IHOP that used to be on High St., or if there were any elsewhere? Thanks!
15 Mar 2010
The Little Brothers Bar that was in the Jai Lai prior, is now located at 2333 N High St at Alana's Food & Wine. It was installed in August 2009
17 April 2010
It has long been discussed that my great grandfather was the owner and head cook for the two Hoovers Restaurants/Grilles in Columbus from 1938 to approximately 1964 (also affirmed in the 1940 and 1950 census directory substitutes). My great grandfather's name was Fredrick James Eller (wife Marie). I was hoping you could direct me to some historic menus, logos, etc. for the restaurants- it would be a great add to my genealogical chart and documentation.
02 May 2010
We were trying to think of the name of the old restaurant located on 161 east of Sawmill that closed probably over 15 years ago. I'm pretty sure it was an Italian restaurant. The interior decor had a wall mural with clothes hanging from a clothes line. maybe a New York theme? The desserts were looked at through a "view finder" toy where you clicked to go to the next item
Answer: East Side Mario's!
4 May 2010
your Web site did not list a restaurant from the 1980's whose name I do not remember - there may have been only the one location, on East Livingston within a couple blocks of Club 185 - and I remember forest green as a color, and maybe the staff dressed as "soda jerks"
they served very good and large-sized cheeseburgers, and also had very good ice cream - one of their problems may have been that you never knew whether it was a burger place that served ice cream or an ice cream shop that served burgers - and they had relatively high prices for "fast food"
12 May 2010
'Florentine Restaurant 907 W. Broad St
Opened in 1945 and still in business today by the same family (Penzone)
Thought you might want to add this to your list'
Sat, 26 Jun 2010
Please add Riccardi's pizza, that was on high street in the Beechwold area to your list
02 Jul 2010
'I lived on Waverly St and down the street from Lawson, which had the best chip chop ham for sandwiches and Buckeye potaqoe chips....yum and I remember a place on Main St I believe it was called Coney Island that had the best chili hot dogs and three way spaghetti I ever had and have never found any place like it since.
09 Jul 2010
York Steakhouse was the first chain to dive into the Mall business. I think the only one left in C-Bus is out by Westland.
Do you remember the bar, club located on Olentangy River Road not far from the old Gold Circle?
This was the place back in 1968 and 1969 where Kenny Rogers and the First Edition used to play. In those days Thelma the female lead singer was still with them before she was fired.
I attended OSU between 1962- 1971 and I lived in the new high rise apt. a few doors from this club.
Email arrived that thought it was called "The Bistro"
27 Jul 2010
There was a fantastic pizza place in Columbus in the 1960's called "Plaza Pizza." It was located in a strip mall on Riverside Drive near what was at the time the Coventry Inn. The location now houses a Subway. Plaza Pizza had a sub known as "The Thing" that was incredible and their pizza dough was truly heavenly. Despite the passage of many years, I still miss it!!
27 Jul 2010
In the late 1960's and 70's, there were several "Guy's Homestyle Hoagies" restaurants in Columbus including one on W. 5th Ave. in Grandview. I'll never forget watching Jerry Beck host channel 4's All Night Theater on Saturday nights and he always had a giant Guy's hoagie on the set which usually sent us out to get one. I remember the hoagies being very tasty, especially at 2:00 a.m.!!
27 Jul 2010
From the late 1960's through the late 80's there was no better place in Columbus for quality ice cream than Helen Hutchley's. The shop was located in the Golden Bear Center on Riverside Drive. (the location is now some sort of coffee shop)The quality, selection and flavor of their ice cream has never been matched. Additionally they sold top of the line chocolates, fresh roasted nuts and a plethora of other sweet delights. They also had the absolute coldest drinking fountain water in the city. Great memories from the "Hutch"
09 Aug 2010
How about Flakey (sp) Jake's on Dublin-Granville and Stan's on Westerville Road (recently burned down). Plus I used to work at a Zantigos on Morse Road which is now a Taco Bell - it's not listed in your database either.
Great site. Thanks for helping me out during "remember when" discussions with my friends.
27 Aug 2010
I am very interested in Santa Claus history in Columbus Ohio. I am looking for names of local Santas that for example did breakfast with Santa at one of the old restaurants. Any memories of santa Claus at stores etc., But I am mostly interested in restaurants old and new during the holidays. Any info you could pass on or give back would be greatly appreciated'
01 Sep 2010
WE ARE TRYING TO REMEMBER THE NAME OF THE CHINESE RESTAURANT THAT WAS AT THE CORNER OF E. BROAD ST AND PARSONS AVE AROUND 1970. WE WERE HOPING THAT YOU COULD HELP US. THANKS
02 Sep 2010
The Chili Bordello...what happened to it?
--The Chile Bordello was located on 5th ave in Grandview, near the Red Door Tavern. Believed to be closed prior to 1981
21 Sep 2010
I am looking for the recipe book from the Lazarus cafe? Do you have any idea where I can find one
01 Nov 2010
Do you know where on Broad St. the old National Road Rest. used to be?
03 Dec 2010
Wasn't there a restaurant that was relatively popular and their menus were on manhole covers or something quirky like that?
Answer: Water Works
Dec 29, 2010
Reeb's Restaurant on
E Livingston Ave: Had to stand in line for lunch and dinner. Who' Who could be seen dining there!
Schmidt's Sausauge Haus: Excellent food and fun place to go.
Dec 30, 2010
Does any one remember there being a restaurant in Northland mall immediately to your right when you inter the mall on the side Limited was on? I think it was several diffrent restaurants during it's time. I can't remember the name but I remember it has a bar and they had a delicious tia stir fry. Thank you. P.S. I love this website!'
Jan 8, 2011
Does anyone know where I could find the saying that was in the bar of the whaling station in Worthington, Ohio?
Jan 19, 2011
I remember two places back in the 60s and 70s on SR 161:Victoria Station (Box cars) and The Wine Cellar.
The Victoria Station restaurant on 161 was about the 35th built by the chain. While there were over 100 restauants at their peak, there is now only one still in operation, located in Salem, Mass.
June 8, 2011
In the Columbus, Ohio area, have there been any Chuck E. Cheese's (originally Pizza Time Theatre) in the 1980's to present?
--There was a Chuck E Cheese in the Columbus Square complex with the Columbus Bowling Palace
4285 N. High St.
Taste of India
Parking for a bank.
There may have been others.
High Street on the west side just south of Arcadia Had the #4 White Castle.
#4 is the fourth location built from it beginning.
There was a brick, then porcelain, then some composite material.
Now, a empty lot.
I am trying to find the history of a motel here in Columbus Ohio. When the establishment opened it was the Scotts Inn. Later the name was changed to The Carousel. Since then the location has changed hands many times. If you have a minute, could you point me in the right direction to find this information.
Does anyone know what the name of the dairy was on Reed near Don Scott Field?'
24 Aug 2011
HELP! There was a restaurant up at Crosswoods in Worthington in the early 1990s. It was in the building the Bravo Cucina now occupies. It had some sort of a school theme.....I believe there was one room that was a library and there was a school bus or part of one inside the restaurant, as well. Does anyone remember the name of this place, or am I crazy?
I am looking for a name of an icecream shop on oakland ave with an owner by the last name of Smith maybe Carl/Karl Smith. I know it's not alot of info at all but if you come up with anything could you let me know? I believe he was my grandfather and with the last name of Smith you can imagine how hard this could be.
'Saw the question back in 2010 regarding the chinese restaurant at Broad and Parsons. I believe this was Jung Mea's. See the link below.
16 Sep 2011
I've been trying to find an old cafe that once stood on e. main st. downtown Columbus. I'm only assuming that it stood there due to the stamp on the sidewalk in front of an old building. The stamp, being barely visible reads "carousel cafe" with a carousel house above the name. I didn't see an address to the building directly behind the stamp, but the address to the building next door was 110 e. main.
it's just curiosity mainly, but, if you have any info on the place it would be appreciated.
Just Ran across your Wonderful Website. Any plans for a FB Page?? I'm a life long resident of Columbus (50 Years). Grew up in German Village as did my 85 year old Mother (still alive) She is always a wealth of information. I Hope i'm that sharp at her age. Please let me know if you get a FB Page so I can tell all my friends. Great Memories. Thanks. '
I moved from Columbus to St, Louis in 1969 at the age of 14. I was looking on youtube for a recording of a radio jingle that I remember, but did not find it. I still remember the words and thought I'd share with someone, and that happened to be you since you had so much history on your site. When we had our car packed and ready to leave town for the move we stopped at White Castle on the way out. We do have While Castle in St. Louis. :)
Columbus found America in 1492
Now the city of Columbus discovered something new.
Burger Boy Food-o-Rama - The hamburgers! A-Hoy!
A-Hoy for Burger Boy!
What was the name of the steakhouse located on Refugee Road, a mile or so west of Eastland Mall? It was a barn like building, probably in the early/mid 1970s. Thanks for this website!
At the bottom of this page you will find a album cover of a band that recorded live at the Kahiki. It may still be available for purchase. I found this website while I was looking for images of Stan's restaurant on Cleveland Ave close to Morse Rd.
4299 N. High St --> El Burrito
This was a Sandy's, Dairy Queen, GD Ritzy's, Taste of India. I can recall that other businesses were there, but I do not recall there names. I also don't recall when El Burrito fit into this order, but I remember that business. The drive-thu part of Kemba Financial Credit Union sets there at this time.
Jack Horner was a restaurant that set on the N.W. corner of High and Tulane. The building is still there. Talita's Restaurant moved in later.'18 Oct 2011
'There are three shops in the image http://www.franklincountyoh.metacama.com/do/selectDisplay?select=PHOTO&curpid=01005590300
The left shop had Jack Horner restaurant. 3003 N High St.
2931 N High, NW corner of High and Kelso is Aladdin's Eatery.
It had Olentangy Tavern for decades.
The bar was in the south section with the entry facing south and the restaurant was in the north section with the entry facing east. There was no partition or doors of any kind that separated the two in the interior. It had a Chinese menu and was immensely popular from regulars. There was Standard Oil gas and service station attached to the north side of what is now Aladdinâ€™s and is also a bar with bar food. It was called R-bar, but was renamed a few years back.
The Standard Oil gas station location (? 2933?) N High became a Pizza Hut, then Talitaâ€™s, which moved from 3003 N High.
Talita's then moved to 2977 N High St, Then to Grove City, OH.
Talita's had several locations over the years with a regular clientele.
They are 2nd or 3rd generation mom and pop.
Nancy's Restaurant 3133 N High is another with a reputation for home cooking. Cindy King the recent owner had been feature in several newspapers and magazines including USA Today. She recently sold. It is still good, but the absence of her character leaves a void in the atmosphere.
Warren's Sandwich Shop 3236 N High with 10 seats and a pinball machine is another with loyal followers of several generations. Warren Gardener passed away a few decades back, but there are still those who talk about that place and him. He started the 4th of July Breakfast at the Park of Roses. Tubby's was in there before Warren. Warren said that Tubby's invented a way to instantly cook hot dogs by passing an electrical current or high frequency through the hot dog. It wasn't much of a success due to the taste of electricity that was left in it. (Probably ozone.) To my recollection Warren said that he bought the business and all of the equipment from Tubby in 1947.'
Warren Garden told me that he purchased the business around 1947 and the building much later.
He said guessed that Tubby's was there for a few years.
3236 N High had Warren's Sandwich Shop. There is an older building behind it that looks like store front property.
It looks like the sandwich shop was added to the front of that building.
The older part has an apartment above it.
There are several connected garages behind it.
One single garage was used as a voting booth and a Columbus Dispatch carrier station.
This is from Warren, who died around 1996.
There are city directories at Cols Pub Library.
It is possible to look up an address and read who or what occupied that location in that year.
They have several years available.
Haines and Polk were two common providers of city directories.
Tubby's most likely could be found there.
Directories help when the resident is not the owner.
Isaly's was on the S.W. corner of EN Broadway and High.
I have talked to people who had ice cream there after a movie at the Clinton Theater, which was several door south.
The Clinton Theater building had its entrance in the middle with a store front on both sides.
One was at one time a candy shop.
Looking for a photo of the Beverly located at Main and Hamilton in Whitehall in the 60s and 70s. Would you know where to look
'First of all, great site. I've been looking at the directory for the past 30 minutes and it's been a real brain twister! I did notice that there is no mention of Yogi's Hoagies, a sandwich shop at 475 S. State Street in Westerville that has been in business for at least thirty years. Many of my friends worked there while in high school in the mid 80s. They still have the same signage as far as I can tell. Keep up the great work. -Dante Carfagna'
'I just found your site from my wife and I am really glad someone took the time to do this.To remember all these resturants and the information about them is great.I would like to add some information about BBF.I worked at the Riverside drive store during high school at Hilliard. When I read that someone said BBF had a resturant on Livingston I knew I had to make a comment. The resturant was called the Burger Boy Mainliner and not a BBF. Other than a few names wrong, this site is needed so people can remember all the history of fast food and what good times we had back then.Keep up the good work.I hope to comment again. I worked at BBF when I went to school at Hilliard. I grew up in Grandview and the Westside,and to see all this on one site brings back so many good memories.Thank you.'
'Love your site. I'm looking for a photo of the Clock Restaurant from the 1960's, when the facade was baked enamel panels, and the clock had a human face. '
'Someone was asking about a sub sandwich that was made at OSU campus area off of Frambes. The sub was made with provolone cheese, hard salami and ham, covered with mayo and pickled pepper slices. The sub buns were smeared with butter and warmed on the grill, then the sandwich was assembled. I used to work there around 1973-75 and I made them. George Sauder was the owner along with his brother Louie Pete Antonopoulous was the short order cook that I assisted.'
'I found your site while trying to think of an old restaurant with an old boyfriend. It was a nice Italian place on Oakland Park. Served great lasagna in a small casserole that they scooped out on to your plate. Any ideas?
*** Ricardo's was a very nice destination restaurant from about 1960 - 1980.
I don't know about Mama Lena's, but I think the building was knocked down when they put Denstos Pizza on the site.
Used to live in Columbus for 15 years and have enjoyed looking at this site. Just wanted to add one thing - I used to work at the TGI Friday's on Kenny Rd for 13 years and since you have 1980? for the year opened I just thought I'd let you know that it actually opened in 1975. I know this because we would celebrate the anniversary every 10 years (I still have the shirts ;)) Still hate to drive by there and see the Walgreens.
Thanks again for an interesting site.'
'Thanks for running this website, wow a trip down memory lane. I am 48 and have lived in the East Columbus, Bexley and Whitehall area my entire life.
For Pizza in this area Rabino's (THE BEST and still going STRONG!), Massey's Whitehall, Dino's and Ange's are all great and still kicking. Gone but not forgotten are the PAR 4 Bar (next to Holiday Bowling Lanes and was THE BEST!), Rapolo's (SW corner of Livingston and James), Leonardo's on Livingston and Marino's in Whitehall.
Capazello's is no longer open as a restaurant, it was the Suburban East Steak House.
Rooster's in Whitehall was I believe a Western Steak House.
My family favorites as a child besides the Pizza joints already listed were the BBF at James and Main, the Bexley White Castle, The E. Broad at Wayant McDonalds, E. Livingston Arthur Treachers (near Leonardo's) and last but not least was Colonel Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken 2882 E Main St (which is now the Old 40 Tavern which I highly recommend for a few beverages and a bite to eat!).
There was a Turkey Trot that is now a Beverage Drive-Thru next to where the Wendy's and Resch's (best bakery in town!) are at on E. Livingston.
Also a couple true favorites that are gone, the Spaggeddie's at Noe-Bixby (we drive to Mill Run to enjoy the one there when we can) , Butch's/Robin's in Whitehall and one that I cannot believe was not previously mentioned is Hanley's Steak House on Sullivant Ave.
I purchased restaurant dishes at an auction in the early 90's. The auction was located in a warehouse in the brewery district. The dishes has a logo "Dom's Front Street Fish Market". I recently rediscovered the dishes and curious on the history of the restaurant. I had no luck on my own so I thought maybe you may be able to help.
'Old trail inn restaurant at Grener and West Broad St Closed on Jan 29th after 65 years'
'Someone wanted to know the name of the restaurant operated by a former Yankee ball player. It was Tommy Henrich's Steak House and was at Broad & Fifth Streets in downtown Columbus. Later it became the first Wendy's which is now closed.
Someone also asked about Jack Bowman's Suburban Steak House. There were two locations -- one on Hamilton Rd and another on Dublin Rd west of Grandview Ave. where Barley's is now located.'
Hi, I'm restoring a Drive-In menu board with an attached swing away tray from Don's Briarcliff Drive-In in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The menu is somewhat faded and difficult to read some of the prices. Would you be willing to email me some higher resoultion pics of the menu that you have to assist in my restoration?
Thanks so much for any information you can provide.
A couple of answers from recent questions: The Chile Bordello was located on 5th ave in Grandview, near the Red Door Tavern. I believe it closed prior to 1981. There is/was a Chuckie Cheese in the complex with the Columbus Bowling Palace. The Victoria Station restaurant on 161 was about the 35th built by the chain. While there were over 100 restauants at their peak, there is now only one still in operation, located in Salem, Mass. Here is one to add: Red, Hot and Blue. It was a barbaque place just off Henderson Road by the old TGI Friday's. The Baby Does on 5th ave closed in 1990. It was remodeled and replaced by the Columbus Mine Shaft. So you can add that same address to your Mine Shaft database record. Not sure when that closed, but it was demolished after closing and the site was rebuilt as an Architect/Engineering Company headquarters. The Red, Hot and Blue I mentioned was at Kenny and Henderson in the building that is now a Kinko's. I believe that same building was also once a Black Angus.'
'I seem to remember the Big Bev drive-ins....one at Kossuth & S.High...one on Livingston across from the Burger-Boy MainLiner....one on N.High around Arcadia......
I thought the owner of the Mainliner & Big Bev put together the BBF's????'
'Hi. Thanks so much for putting up photos of the BBF restaurants on your website. I'm 50, but fondly remember going to the BBF with my family. I also remember Lucy singing the BBF theme song on her television show. I grew up in the Columbus area, and I still picture the "whirling satellite" every time I think of the song. It's wonderful to be able to show these photos to my PARENTS, my siblings, and my CHILDREN!! Thanks again!!
It's been a while since I did a search for information about Lucy, but I know there are a couple of clips out on the web, maybe on Youtube.
Your burger chain listings are too modern. Long before BBF, there were some Bev-Er-Lee locations - classic drive-up, park, waitress comes to car, brings food on tray that hangs on outside of door. One was on the west side of High St at Kossuth. Existed until the early 1960s.
'There's a message from May 4 2010 about a burger/ice cream place on E Livingston ave. It was Max and Erma's. There were telephones on the tables where you could call other tables and chat. I think there was another one up north around the Morse-161 area too.'
'what was restaurant on W. Dodridge at corner of Olentangy River Road (front yard of Chem Abstracts) ? and what was the first restaurant in the Bravo bldg on Bethal east of Riverside Drive ?'
****** Tiffany's and the Cadillac Cafe.. Bravo bought the building in 1992
******I think John Messmore owned both. I was thinking the Cadillac Café building was built for an Italian or Greek restaurant first, but can't remember. A friend thought it was called Tiffany's too. I don't think so. I believe John Messmore also owned bldg where Cork & Clever was on Old Henderson Road (maybe 1615 Old Henderson), but it was first a different restaurant for a brief time. Do you happen to know the name of the 1st restaurant before Cork & Clever?
'Love this information! I remember the Elephant Bar, Joe Kelly'S Oster Dock, Odlees, The Wine Celler and many more. Just want to add there is a Arthur Treater in Lancaster and it is as good as alway.
I forgot to say Hollahands in French Market (it's where I meet my huisband)'
'A friend of mine asked me if I remember the name of a sub shop in the old Patio on Morse Rd. So I did some research because it is driving me crazy trying to remember and I came across this site. Any idea what the name was?
He thought the name was Dexter's, but that does not ring a bell with me.
***** Dexter's is correct
'I'm looking for some information. In the early 60's, my dad and I would frequent a downtown restuarant which was located just south of Broad St. on the west side of High Street. The old Planter's Peanut shop was just north of the restuarant. I vaguely remember it had a "wagon wheel" on it's sign out front. I believe it was between the peanut shop and the old enterance to the Huntington bank. Any information would be greatly appreciated. My dad lived in the YMCA on Long Street for awhle, and I'd ride the city bus downtown almost every weekend to stay with him. We'd spend the weekend running around downtown. Those were special times, and still bring back great memories of my childhood. '
5 Jan 2013
I'm looking for some information. In the early 60's, my dad and I would frequent a downtown restuarant which was located just south of Broad St. on the west side of High Street. The old Planter's Peanut shop was just north of the restuarant. I vaguely remember it had a "wagon wheel" on it's sign out front. I believe it was between the peanut shop and the old enterance to the Huntington bank. Any information would be greatly appreciated. My dad lived in the YMCA on Long Street for awhle, and I'd ride the city bus downtown almost every weekend to stay with him. We'd spend the weekend running around downtown. Those were special times, and still bring back great memories of my childhood. '
***After some more research, I think it was "QCB Wagon Wheel" located at 7 S. High Street. Thanks
Wasn't Mills down close to the old Kresge dime store that was located on the corner of High and State?
6 Jan 2013
HOW COULD I FORGET THE PLAYBOY CLUB ON EAST BROAD...WENT THERE FOR MY 27TH BIRTHDAY. I STILL HAVE MY DRINK STIRRER AND NAPKIN
28 Feb 2013
'Grandview Inn- Mike Fleish -- I remember Mike and his little closet office. My grandmother, Wilhelmina Bookman Orndorff was chef in the 50's and head chef 60's. While at Otterbein in the early 60's I worked at the Inn on Saturday nights. Billy M. and the Dukes of Dixieland were regulars and after home games Woody almost always stopped by to enjoy the entertainment. In the 50's father sometimes worked out front on Saturday nights also. It was a fun place. Lots of well known singers and jazz artists. Grandma used to get Christmas cards from many of them. She would religiously read the Columbus Star for information on who was in town and when, and for the trotters, Grandma loved the horses. Thanks for allowing me the space to mention some wonderful memories of a 'big time'
10 Mar 2013
On the north end, there was a Sandy's in or near the Northern Lights shopping center in the late 50's, early 60's.
At Karl Road next to the fire station there was a Burger Chef, which I think became a Wendy’s in the late 70's. I know in the early to mid 70's it was a Burger Chef, I had a friend who worked there.
There was also a Arthur Treacher's on Morse Road but I can't recall exactly where.
11 Apr 2013
'Do you have any pics of the old Jimmy's Peter Pan restaurant? It was run by my late aunt and uncle. If you have any, I would appreciate them. Thanks'
12 Apr 2013
i few friends that we are all in our late fifties all grew up on the eastside whitehall area.
There were several great pizza places on main st between hamilton rd and yearling rd...
Masseys on the north side and dinos and another one a few blocks down on the south side.....and they were very close to each other.....in a strip mall...where there once was a florist...eves maybe......
Do you recall the other pizza place....we thought it started with a p
But all are stumped...
14 Apr 2013
'Do you think you can find a picture of the old Georgeton's restaurant at the corner of West Broad St and Hague Av in Columbus Ohio? '
24 Apr 2013
'The last post on the Restaurant memories page was about a restaurant with "a wagon wheel" near the Planter's Peanut Shop. I believe that the person is recalling Mills, which had a windmill in its logo. I have very fond memories of going to Mills with my mother. I have seen a few pictures of it, inside and outside, online. There may already be some mentions of it on your site.
30 Apr 2013
'My grandmother, Carmela Antolino owned an establishment on McKinley Avenue at Grandview Ave. It was frequented by many of the workers from the Round House of the railroad works directly across the street. It was called McKinley Avenue Bar and Grill. Do you have any pictures or recolections of it
10 May 2013
'Hi! I'm trying the find the name and location of a restaurant that my dad took me to as a child. This would have been in the mid-late 60s. The only thing I remember is the sign. It was neon and was affixed to a building at a right angle (i.e. sticking out). It had 3 or 4 fish so that when the fish lit up one after the other in sequence, it looked like the fish was jumping out of water. This may have been located downtown, but I'm not sure. Thank you!'
11 Jul 2013
'Was trying to find a pic of the old Village Junction restaurant at main and james,there is a wendys there now.Maybe it was called family junction,cant remember...........Thanks!'
7 Aug 2013
Trying to find the name of a pub that was on east gay street. In the 60s. My dad went there for steak when at OSU and can't remember the name.
10 Aug 2013
'I was wondering if anyone remembers a drive in restaurant from the 1950's called Big Bev's I remember going there as a kid. It was a hang out for the local teens. It was on Cleveland Ave. in North Linden. Also there was another one Called Jim Chucks. I would love to see pics of either of them, if they are available. Just going down memory lane.