Columbus has had a succession of notable restaurants that are now gone. Some are remembered for their cuisine (Marzetti’s and their salad dressings); some for association with a famous Columbus personage (Woody Hayes and the Kon Tiki); some for their ambience (The Clock and their sixteen billiards tables with a bar brought in from Chicago); and some for the chefs whose careers were launched (Carolyn Clacomb at [Harmut] Handke’s).
There are many engrossing stories of these and other historic Columbus restaurants in a new little book called Lost Restaurants of Columbus Ohio by Doug Motz and Christine Hayes. The book includes Diners, Neighborhood Haunts, Downtown Favorites, Lavish Dining, Themed Restaurants and Chains, as well as a handful of recipes from these establishments. The authors, who have Columbus roots, have carefully researched each restaurant. They describe where each restaurant was located and what is in that location now.
From soup to nuts you'll enjoy this pleasant look at bygone popular Columbus restaurants.
The book is available in the Reference Department of the Upper Arlington Public Library where you will always find it on the shelf, or you may check it out from the Tremont, Lane and Miller Park branches of the library system.