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Olde Towne East

Located just east of downtown Columbus, the neighborhood was once known as the “Silk Stocking District” in reference to the expensive clothing worn by its wealthy inhabitants. After World War II, however, its rich residents were gone, having died or relocated to distant suburbs. The interstate highway system introduced in the 1950s also contributed to the area’s decline. OTE began to transition in the 1990s and continues to draw new residents.

The Flamingo Room Bar & Restaurant Opening Soon in Olde Towne East

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner The Flamingo Room Bar & Restaurant Opening Soon in Olde Towne East

A new Southern-style bistro is coming to Olde Towne East. The Flamingo Room bar and restaurant will occupy the former L’Appat Patisserie and Cafe space at 1159 Oak Street. Yusef Riazi, former owner of Short North cocktail bar Mouton, signed a lease for the space at the beginning of June, but has been developing a […]

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Arcade Super Awesome Opening in Olde Towne East

Walker Evans Walker Evans Arcade Super Awesome Opening in Olde Towne East

Arcade Super Awesome is the newest arcade to open in Columbus this summer, but it’s also already been around for the past five years. John Geiger launched the home-based project to host semi-monthly private parties for friends to come and enjoy retro video games together. “Our free play parties have built up a pretty dedicated […]

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Headies Hideout Now Open on Parsons Avenue

Walker Evans Walker Evans Headies Hideout Now Open on Parsons Avenue

If you’ve strolled down Parsons Avenue in Olde Towne East recently, then you may have noticed that a long-time thrift shop has been replaced by a head shop. Headie’s Hideout is the newest business to call the area home, having opened to the public on April 11th. “Our soft opening last month was surprisingly busy, so […]

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No Movement on Chips ‘n’ Go Expansion as Complaints Mount

Brent Warren Brent Warren No Movement on Chips ‘n’ Go Expansion as Complaints Mount

The owner of the Chips ‘n’ Go at 1020 East Broad Street submitted plans late last year to expand and renovate the much-maligned convenience store. When neighborhood residents saw the plans on the agenda of the Near East Area Commission, some were hopeful that it might signal a new era of engagement and community interaction […]

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History of Oak Street Building Surfaces Following Demolition

Mae Greentree Mae Greentree History of Oak Street Building Surfaces Following Demolition

The building that stood on the northwest corner of Oak Street and Ohio Avenue was built around 1900. The Baist Real Estate Atlas Map from 1899 shows a building about half the size on the corner, and two years later the Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from 1901 shows the full building with numbers from 1102 […]

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Historic Olde Towne East Building to Be Demolished After Wall Collapse

Walker Evans Walker Evans Historic Olde Towne East Building to Be Demolished After Wall Collapse

On Sunday evening, a wall collapsed on the side of a two story building located at 1112 Oak Street in Olde Towne East. The building has sat vacant and neglected by its former owner for several decades, but had been recently purchased by a new owner just a few months ago who had plans to […]

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Wall Collapses at Historic Building in Olde Towne East

Walker Evans Walker Evans Wall Collapses at Historic Building in Olde Towne East

Earlier this evening, a portion of a wall collapsed from the side of a historic building in Olde Towne East, spilling out into the street at the intersection of Ohio Avenue and Oak Street. No one was reported as injured, though the collapse is threatening ongoing plans to renovate the building, originally announced back in […]

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