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Columbus Original Wendy’s Closes

by Maureen McCabe on March 2, 2007

The original Wendy’s Restaurant in downtown Columbus is closing, today. Dave Thomas started the restaurant at 257 E. Broad Street in 1969.

According to Columbus Business First article writtten by Saleha N. Ghani, founder Dave Thomas would understand as sales are half that of a suburban location.

With limited parking, the building at 257 E. Broad needed work and there was no way to add a drive through.

“Memorabilia at the store will go to Wendy’s headquarters in Dublin, including the strands of colorful beads that hung in many early stores and the mementos from 1984 ads with little old lady Clara Peller’s “Where’s the Beef?” a phrase appropriated by Democrat Walter Mondale in that year’s presidential primary. ” according to an article in the Columbus Dispatch entitled;

Farewell, 257
“Wendy’s chain thrives, but closing of original restaurant provokes sadness”

Funny I remember the ads but I don’t remember the phrase being used by a political campaign….

Business has been brisk at the original Wendy’s this week with people returning to a Columbus landmark for old times sake.

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1 Bonnie Erickson March 4, 2007 at 11:18 pm

Original stores closing is always sad. I like Wendy’s because it’s the only drive through type eatery that has baked potatoes! A good baked potato beats the high fat, high cholesterol fries any day. It’s better than common REALTOR fare of a candy bar and drink from the local gas station!

2 moinoh March 5, 2007 at 01:26 pm

I find a baked potato hard to eat while driving though.. or at least that was the excuse I talked myself into yesterday so I could order fries at Wendy’s. I like to buy their chili and drink it on the go….in the car.

I don’t believe I was ever in the original Wendy’s. We had a Wendy’s in Madison when I was in college… that was built on the main street… urban..it had no parking and I would think of the interior of the restaurant in Madison whenever I went by the original here.. glass beads… I think it was the Columbus Dispatch story that said maybe someday there would be a Wendy’s museum set up at the site. I can imagine bronze sculptures of Dave Thomas and Clara Peller… like the Mary Richards statue in the Twin Cities.

3 Anonymous March 6, 2007 at 07:06 am

“Funny I remember the ads but I don’t remember the phrase being used by a political campaign….”

I think Walter Mondale used it in his campaign against Ronald Reagan. Didn’t help him much.

4 buckblog March 6, 2007 at 07:07 am

That was buckblog. Hit enter too soon

5 moinoh March 7, 2007 at 04:29 pm

Thanks for both comments Paul… you are way more political than me.

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