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RE: Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/04/09 20:01:41 (permalink)
Unless I fall and break a bunch of bones again, June 6th will find me at Zaharako's. See y'all there.
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RE: Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/05/10 08:41:19 (permalink)
Zaharakos will reopen on 6 June 2009. It might be difficult to get inside for a while. This opening is highly anticipated by local residents. I would expect at least half the town will be there! The restaurant has been taken back to it's early 1900's look. He has also expanded into the storefront next door and will have a nice display of soda fountain memorabilia he has been collecting. The new owner has gone way beyond what anyone could have expected for this business and it should become a destination. What I especially appreciate is that he has respected the history of the Zaharako family who had owned it since 1900 and also taken into consideration all of the memories that generations of Columbus residents have of this place.   
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RE: Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/05/18 08:29:05 (permalink)
RickyBerkey-
First of all, welcome to Roadfood!  Thanks so much for the information and the update.  It would be wonderful to be at Zaharako's the first day that they reopen, but it will undoubtedly be jam packed.  I very much want to get there this summer, but I will be waiting until at least a few weeks later.

We would appreciate any updates!
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RE: Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/02 22:58:00 (permalink)
From reading Zaharako's website, I've just learned that during the Grand Reopening Weekend ( June 6th and 7th ), the place will not be open for business. That two-day period will be strictly reopening celebration events and tours of the restored building. Monday the 8th will be the first day that they actually serve food and beverages. This means a change of plans for me, as I'm not about to drive a 500 mile round trip without having a couple of Cheese-br-grs and a classic fountain drink... guess I'll have to wait until Monday.
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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/05 13:30:52 (permalink)
I was in Nashville, Indiana, this week.  The Columbus paper on Sunday, May 31, had a 48-page magazine insert about the restoration of Zaharakos.
 
To summarize:
 
The Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum at 329 Washington Street in downtown Columbus, Indiana, will hold a grand re-opening on Saturday, June 6, 2009.  It has been closed for almost two years while the building and interior was meticulously restored.
 
There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:00 a.m., and the doors will reopen for tours at 11:30 a.m.  The festivities will continue through Sunday, and regular business hours will resume on Monday, June 8.
 
More information can be found on their web site, http://www.zaharakos.com/
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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/05 16:18:58 (permalink)
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48 pages?  Man that seems like a lot.  I'm just grateful the place is reopening and hoping to get there sometime this Summer.
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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/08 11:35:50 (permalink)
They are up and running. Absolutely stunning, kept the heart and soul of the place but with a modern (clean) kitchen in the back and a wealth of soda fountain memorabilia in the space he added next door. Almost eveything from the last Jahn's in New York made it into Tony Moravec's collection. The Welte Orchestrion and it's new little sister are amazing. Nobody in town is old enough to remember it sounding so good!
 
They were serving a limited menu this weekend to accomodate the crowds but should be going full steam right now. All the old favorites are back and delicous ice cream is being made on the premises once again.
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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/08 17:07:52 (permalink)
RickyBerkey-
Thanks so much for the update.  From the conversation I had with the lady at the Columbus visitor's center, it sounded like the new owner was going all out.  Can't wait to see it for myself!
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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/09 20:24:46 (permalink)
Yesterday, I made the long drive down to Columbus IN to check out the "new" Zaharako's, and , for the most part, I was quite impressed. The renovation crew did an outstanding job; the place is simply gorgeous. The food was good too. I had that long-time Zaharako's favorite the Cheese-br-ger, along with a fountain root beer, and enjoyed them very much. The only downside was how crowded the place was. The staff was so busy making sundaes and other goodies that I had to wait fifteen minutes for my order to be taken. Here's some photos that I was able to get after the crowd thinned out... 
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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/09 20:28:52 (permalink)
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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/09 23:39:51 (permalink)
Nicely done nocarolina!  Great photos!
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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/10 06:44:26 (permalink)
The place looks awesome.


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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/13 10:02:18 (permalink)
I had Zaharako's last night and was really disappointed.  At least as far as the food. The Cheesb*urger (renamed the Gom Cheese brr-grr) was nothing like the old ones. It was in the sloppy Joe format with chesse on toasted bread, but there was no sauce or spices whatsoever. At least not on mine. Also, they used to put something on the bread before with a roller. Then, instead of being around $2.30 it was $5.49 for the sandwich alone. I'll pay a decent amount for a good meal. This wasn't it.

The chips were not good at all like the old Ruffles and I tried their fries which were supposed to be so good and not only were they $3.00, they may well be the worst fries I have had. It's a shame. It looks great from what little I was able to see and the wait for a table was around 45 minutes (I got it to go), but the food is not what it was. At least not what I got. I'd have thought they'd have gotten the recipes when they bought the place. I heard they had something in the Republic asking for the recipe. Too bad I didn't see it, because I have the recipe, but have never tried making them yet.

I understand that he has sunk a lot of money to the place and I am still glad. I understand even charging what he is, he isn't likely to make money for some time if at all. However, I wonder if they won't be priced so high that people don't get them. It is better to sell 100 sandwiches at $3.00 than 10 at $5.00.

I haven't tried the drinks yet, but might go in there when things have settled down and really look at the place and get something to drink, but I don't think I will eat from there again. Now, I am not discouraging anyone else from it. Maybe I got a bad batch and maybe others who haven't had the originals will like them very well. They also have other things and will add more. It looks like the picture of one has sauce, but mine sure didn't.
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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/13 15:49:51 (permalink)
A good rule for visiting a new restaurant is this: stay away for the first 30-60 days.  Let the staff get the kinks worked out, let their daily routines gel into habitual behavior--particularly if they have staff that's never worked in a restaurant before.

When Peak Bros. Bar-B-Q in Waverly, KY (western Kentucky) burned to the ground three years ago, it was 20 months before they reopened again in late June 2008.   They essentially had to hire almost all new help.

Result: by wide public consensus, the food was awful, the service was painfully slow with two-hour waits, and nearly everybody wondered why it was not the same old restaurant it had been before.

Had those people waited just 60 days, they would have had a different opinion.  They would have found Peak's food quality and service had resumed to its pre-fire status: excellent.

Zaharako's will very likely follow the same pattern.  My suggestion: come back at the end of July.  I think you'll notice a big difference.

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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/13 15:58:47 (permalink)
nocarolina: Great pix of a great-looking place!  Would you be so kind as to give more details about the Cheese-br-ger?
 
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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/13 17:02:47 (permalink)
Don, it's a pretty simple thing. Basically just an extra spicy sloppy joe with melted American cheese between two slices of grilled bread. Not much to it but still tasty, just like the one that I had at Zaharako's about twenty years ago. 
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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/13 17:14:39 (permalink)
nocarolina

Don, it's a pretty simple thing. Basically just an extra spicy sloppy joe with melted American cheese between two slices of grilled bread. Not much to it but still tasty, just like the one that I had at Zaharako's about twenty years ago. 


Sounds good to me!  Sloppy Joe = Saucy to me, and extra-spicy = spice to me, in contrast to another diner up-thread.  Well, everyone has their own tastes.
 
Thanks.  I may never get there, but architecturally that place really appeals to me, and I hope the owner(s) do well.
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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/16 14:48:54 (permalink)
Prices are just a little too high for many. Won't hurt them now but maybe later, I just cant see anyone taking a big family there, it would hurt the pocketbook. The recipes are not quite the same, but maybe they just wanted to upgrade it a bit. The old GOM sandwiches and Cheese Brrrgrrrs were pretty weird but beloved! They used to fix all their grilled sandwiches on this one little old machine, don't think they ever cleaned it ;) There are still Zaharakho family members  around the area so I'm sure they have the recipes and advice if they need it. 

Columbus is just glad it's back and we are probably already taking it for granted! It's worth a trip from just about anywhere!
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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/16 17:25:43 (permalink)
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Thanks.  I may never get there, but architecturally that place really appeals to me, and I hope the owner(s) do well.

Don, If you are still planning on going to Cincinnati for a visit, Columbus is an easy drive to get to and is an architectural wonderland for such a small city thanks to Cummins Engines bankrolling architect fees of famous architects worldwide over the years to design many of the city's buildings public and private. It is also a good place for that breaded pork tenderloin sandwich.

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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/17 07:15:36 (permalink)
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Thanks.  I may never get there, but architecturally that place really appeals to me, and I hope the owner(s) do well.

Don, If you are still planning on going to Cincinnati for a visit, Columbus is an easy drive to get to and is an architectural wonderland for such a small city thanks to Cummins Engines bankrolling architect fees of famous architects worldwide over the years to design many of the city's buildings public and private. It is also a good place for that breaded pork tenderloin sandwich.


Thanks, Davydd - good idea.  Yes, I'm still going to Cincinnati, just probably not this year.
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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/17 08:53:23 (permalink)
Photos I took of some of the buildings in Columbus can be found, starting on page 2 of this trip report.

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/Weekend-in-Indy-m382317-p2.aspx
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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/06/17 09:19:35 (permalink)
Thanks, buffetbuster.  Those sure are some interesting churches.  I see that Columbus is only 26 miles from Greensburg, where I'm sorta/kinda/maybe thinking of going to stop at Storie's for a BPT.
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Re:Zaharako's, Columbus,Indiana 2009/07/19 13:45:33 (permalink)

We visited Zaharako's just 3 days after they had re-opened and never having seen the original I have nothing to compare it to but I truly think it is incomparable.  What a fabulous place.  Such care given to the renovation.  No expense spared and it shows.  It is like a hands on living museum where you get to eat delicious ice cream and drink real sodas and visit with Tony who is so rightfully proud and eager to show if all off.  We didn't get a chance to eat the famous "burr grr" but hope to have subsequent visits and remedy that.  I am telling everyone don't wait until you are maybe going to be in the neighborhood, go for no other reason that this is a destination place which must be seen to be appreciated and should be named a national treasure.
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