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2005/04/05 14:35:57 (permalink)

G.D. Ritzy's

Lets get some G.D. Ritzy's stories going...I loved going to this place when it opened in the early 80's in Florence, KY>.. I got to go to the ones in Lexington until those closed in the late 90's and now there are just six original ones left in WV, IN and KY.
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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2005/04/05 14:37:29 (permalink)
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    Lets get some G.D. Ritzy's stories going...I loved going to this place when it opened in the early 80's in Florence, KY>.. I got to go to the ones in Lexington until those closed in the late 90's and now there are just six original ones left in WV, IN and KY.

    I didn't know there were any left. Does Graydon Webb still own them?
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2005/04/05 14:42:03 (permalink)
    There are all independently owned... well sorta.. the three in evansville are owned by the same people.. there is two in owensboro, ky (i think) and one still in huntington, wv that is owned seperately.

    And the new concept has opened in Texas for ritzy's.
    www.ritzys.com
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2005/04/05 15:04:58 (permalink)
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    There are all independently owned... well sorta.. the three in evansville are owned by the same people.. there is two in owensboro, ky (i think) and one still in huntington, wv that is owned seperately.

    And the new concept has opened in Texas for ritzy's.
    www.ritzys.com

    Interesting. Graydon Webb started G.D. Ritzy's in Columbus, Ohio. A former Wendy's executive, Webb opened the first G.D. Ritzy's on the Northwest side of Columbus, and the second on the East side of Columbus, featuring ice cream and soda fountain stuff, along with hamburgers, coney dogs French fries and onion rings. A few years later, he'd shut down the four or five original places, and opened several double drive-thru Ritzy's. The last two I remember were on West Fifth Avenue and on East Broad Street in Columbus. They've been gone for at least five years.
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2005/04/05 15:28:26 (permalink)
    Used to be a Ritzy's in Myrtle Beach SC. It was the closest thing to a Steak N Shake on the Grand Strand. Long gone.
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2005/04/05 16:10:44 (permalink)
    Wasn't the double drive thru's called Daddy O's.
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2005/04/05 16:21:34 (permalink)
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    Wasn't the double drive thru's called Daddy O's.

    They were Ritzy's first.
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2005/05/04 21:38:23 (permalink)
    I saw a GD Ritzy's place today in Evansville, IN
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2005/05/05 00:51:03 (permalink)
    I remember the Florence store. It was the only one I ever visited. Not very impressive, by my recollection. I think it's some kind of wings joint now.
    There used to be a DeLorean that parked across the street in the Florence Mall parking lot right around this time. There was also a Roy Rogers in the vicinity. Ahh, the good old days.
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2005/05/05 20:13:28 (permalink)
    I goit a hamburger at the Ritzy's in Evansville today. I liked the place with it's 40's or 50's decor and the hamburger was quite good and looked like one you might make at home. They have those little shoestring french fries which are not my cup of tea so passed on those.

    I was impressed that they offered steamed vegetables on their menu. I've not seen any other ff place,or any place that I can recall that had that.
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2005/05/06 08:21:39 (permalink)
    Sorry. With a trumped up nmae like G. D. Ritzy'z there is no chance I'd even slow down to consider the place.
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2005/05/07 16:29:02 (permalink)
    In my teenage years, a nocturnal excursion often began with a stop at the G.D. Ritzy's in Lexington, KY. We usually got cheeseburger baskets (loved the thin fries) and cherry cokes. There used to be two in Lexington, if I remember correctly, and I'd sure rather see one of them than a McDonald's popping up on every corner.

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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2005/05/14 01:47:08 (permalink)
    I think I remember three G.D. Ritzy's in Lexington. One was on Harrodsburg and that one has since been torn down. One at Pimlico,which is now an Arby's and one on Nicholasville which I think is now a Rally's...

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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2005/05/15 20:26:40 (permalink)
    I remember a GD in Reynoldsburg, OH. When I lived there, back in '86 - '87, I went there all the time to get a burger and cheese fries. I remember being addicted to the cheese fries for some reason. Small thin cut fries with loads of melted cheese ...Mmmmmmm
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2005/05/22 16:17:39 (permalink)
    I loved GD Ritzys. I loved their burgers but they had the best shoestring fries anywhere. THe closest thing we have now is Steak N Shake. However, an ice cream/chocolate store near my work in New Albany, OH carries Ritzy's ice cream (same logo used on the ritzys.com site).

    I heard they were going to be opening them again, I would love to see them back in Columbus.
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2006/10/18 21:45:45 (permalink)
    There were several GD Ritzy's here in the Charleston area about 20 years ago. Loved 'em!!!

    Does anyone know anything about the Cincinatti Sauce they used to have on the condiment bar?
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2006/10/19 07:19:33 (permalink)
    There was one in Daytona Beach alongside a Wendy's, it featured hot dogs instead of hamburgers. The place was always busy whenever I was there. Dave Thomas had a vacation home in the area and the rumor was that he experimented with it but closed it because it was taking too much business away from the Wendy's. Who knows???

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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2006/10/19 08:25:20 (permalink)
    At about the same time as the Ritzy's run in Charleston, my favorite location was almost directly across from a Wendy's. I recall Wendy's offering hot dogs at that time. And a breakfast menu too.


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    There was one in Daytona Beach alongside a Wendy's, it featured hot dogs instead of hamburgers. The place was always busy whenever I was there. Dave Thomas had a vacation home in the area and the rumor was that he experimented with it but closed it because it was taking too much business away from the Wendy's. Who knows???

    John
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2006/10/19 14:26:15 (permalink)
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    I think I remember three G.D. Ritzy's in Lexington. One was on Harrodsburg and that one has since been torn down. One at Pimlico,which is now an Arby's and one on Nicholasville which I think is now a Rally's...



    I grew up 15 miles outside of Lexington. Eating at Ritzy's used to be a big event when I went into Lexington as a kid. I remember the Pimlico location, and the one on Nicholasville that is now a Rallys. The one on Harrodsburg was about a mile past Turfland mall, if I recall correctly. I also used to eat at the one in Danville, which is now a recently-closed Krystal.

    Does anybody know addresses of the remaining Kentucky locations? I'd drive a long way to visit one. Ritzy's was a big part of my childhood. I once drove 75 miles to eat at the last Druther's in Campbellsville.
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2006/10/25 23:27:33 (permalink)
    Update. I'm visiting Ritzy's in Owensboro, KY this weekend. I'll let ya'll know how it goes.
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2006/10/30 09:29:48 (permalink)
    Update, again!
    I went to Ritzy's in Owensboro this weekend, and it was exactly how I remember it, great burgers, thin cut fries, art deco decor, awesome ice cream. Took a car load of friends and they all agreed it was worth the 125 mile back road drive. The staff was friendly and seemed to be quite impressed that I drove all that way just to eat at their place. They even still had the Ritzy's logo on all their cups and tray liners. The menu was exactly how I remembered it as well, right down to peanut butter and jelly and steamed vegetables. I will definitely be going back again, maybe to the ones in Evansville though, for the sake of variety and a quicker trip.
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2006/10/30 17:04:10 (permalink)
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    Update, again!
    I went to Ritzy's in Owensboro this weekend, and it was exactly how I remember it, great burgers, thin cut fries, art deco decor, awesome ice cream. Took a car load of friends and they all agreed it was worth the 125 mile back road drive. The staff was friendly and seemed to be quite impressed that I drove all that way just to eat at their place. They even still had the Ritzy's logo on all their cups and tray liners. The menu was exactly how I remembered it as well, right down to peanut butter and jelly and steamed vegetables. I will definitely be going back again, maybe to the ones in Evansville though, for the sake of variety and a quicker trip.


    Excellent! Glad to hear that this touchstone to your childhood didn't disappoint. I tried something like this at Godfather's Pizza this year on vacation and it was just okay. My son liked it, but my wife and daughter actively hated it.
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2006/11/01 18:46:24 (permalink)
    Just wanted to report that all three Evansville locations are still in operation.

    Thanks
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2006/11/01 23:18:41 (permalink)
    Great to hear..... I think that those 3 will stay around for a while... They are great operations.
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2006/12/11 10:45:57 (permalink)
    I worked at the Akron Rittzy's for about8 years. It closed in early 96. I still have several things from that store at my house. I really enjoyed working there and the food was awesome!
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2006/12/11 20:43:42 (permalink)
    One was on Harrodsburg became a cleaners .
    Two at Pimlico,which is now an Arby's .
    Nicholasville road which is now a Rally's.
    Richmond Road became a Kenny Rodgers before it closed
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2006/12/26 19:23:44 (permalink)
    I use to love the one in Bowling Green Ky they had great burgers and milkshakes
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2007/10/13 20:42:58 (permalink)
    Stopped in at the Green River Road location today on a trip to Evansville. It was even better than the one I ate at in Owensboro.
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2007/10/13 21:21:11 (permalink)
    There is new one a few miles north-west of me in Frisco, TX. Sounds the same: burgers, milkshakes, etc in a sort of 50's decor. There also is one north of DFW airport.
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    RE: G.D. Ritzy's 2007/10/14 00:48:03 (permalink)
    For the most part G.D. Ritzy's makes a very good quality hamburger, full of flavor. Only rarely have I been disappointed, and probably because I went at the wrong time of the day, such as late afternoon.
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