Sorry, Downtown Columbus is Closed

by Maureen McCabe on September 15, 2009

“Sorry, Downtown Columbus is Closed”  is a book title.  I am putting the book on my Christmas list…

“Once upon a time.. “   long, long before I ever moved to Columbus there was a downtown with ladies with hats and gloves and men in fedoras and suits according to Mike Harden’s column about a book written by David Cohen.

I would never even know of the Maramor if not for a blog post  with a postcard showing the Maramor  on  Broad Street in a  downtown Columbus from another era.   A catoony  maplike postcard that is postmarked in the 1950′s describes “Ye Faithful Map of  Ye Good Town of Columbus Ohio”  and shows the Maramor Restaurant and other downtown Columbus landmark’s of long ago.

Famous in it’s day: The Maramor

on  a site called Restaurant-ing   Through History,  a May 2009  post tells about the Maramor Restaurant history and founder Mary Love’s philosophies about the kitchen.

Harden’s article was in the Columbus Dispatch yesterday.  Today there is a new comment on the blog from Mary Love Hargreaves,  Mary Love’s daughter about remembering her parent’s Columbus Ohio restaurant.

Look at the far right of the postcard… see the ship?   Columbus Discovering the Maramor!

Downtown Columbus is not closed.  It’s just changing… continuously.

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1 Jan Whitaker September 15, 2009 at 03:30 pm

Let's hope Columbus's continuous change includes many good restaurants like the Maramor! Cheers!

2 MaureenMcCabe September 15, 2009 at 08:37 pm

:- )

3 Terry September 24, 2009 at 05:36 pm

Where can you buy this book?

4 MaureenMcCabe September 24, 2009 at 05:43 pm

"Sorry" Terry I would have sworn I put a link to Harden's Article in the post. It is there, you have to contact the author via email to purchase it. I don't want to put an email address in my post or comment because I would hate to see him spammed because of me.

So look for the edit.

5 Marty Khudairi December 1, 2009 at 09:01 pm

I was born and raised in Columbus, however have lived in Boston for the past 29 yrs. I often feel terribly nostalgic for the downtown Columbus of yesteryear. I loved to get dressed up and go downtown each Sat with my mother for a fun day of shopping and eating out. This article brought a huge smile to my face and a tear to my eye. I would love to purchase several copies of Mr Cohen’s book for myself and family members. Any advice on how to do so would be greatly appreciated. Marty

6 admin December 2, 2009 at 06:54 am

Thanks Marty,

The info on on the book is in the link in the Columbus Dispatch article. Hope you clicked on that. Here is the paragraph with the address with out the at symbol.

“Cohen’s book can be purchased by contacting him at his e-mail address, rkcidc at The price is $18, including shipping and handling; half of the profits will be divided between the American Cancer Society and the Kidney Foundation.

7 Betty Clowson January 10, 2011 at 02:22 pm

I received your wonderful book as a 90th birthday gift. I loved it. I was born and raised in Columbus. My husband and I owned Ciro’s, Pewter Mug and Tommy Henrichs. My husband was Alex Clowson and is deceased. Thanks for the memories. My son, Dr. Ronald Clowson was married to Diane Garek, Mo Garek’s daughter. So you see we were really a part of your book. Thank you so much.

8 Maureen McCabe January 10, 2011 at 03:23 pm

Not my book, David Cohen’s book. I will forward him your comment.

Thank you for commenting Mrs. Clowson.

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