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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.

Breakfast Review: What the Waffle?

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Breakfast Review: What the Waffle?

The What the Waffle story starts at the Columbus Food Hub. The Food Hub isn’t new. According to its website, it was founded in 2013 by Allen Scott, as an offshoot of his United Provision Meat, Seafood & Catering Company. United Provision itself is decades old, with a long history of offering well-priced, painfully fresh […]

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Bryden Road Renovation Nearing Completion

Brent Warren Brent Warren Bryden Road Renovation Nearing Completion

Twelve one-bedroom apartments will soon be available for rent at 738 Bryden Road – a three-story building with a rich history that has stood empty for years. Karl Schneider and Tyler Lucks, of Solihull Development Group, purchased the building in January of 2015 (along with other partners who have since divested from the project). After […]

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Woods Development Group is Betting on the Near East Side

Brent Warren Brent Warren Woods Development Group is Betting on the Near East Side

Over the past several years, Columbus Underground has featured in-depth interviews with many established developers in Columbus, including Brett Kaufman, Michael Schiff, Mark Wood, and Doug Borror. Those conversations focused on the Short North more than any other neighborhood, in part because that is where the developers were doing their most significant work, and in […]

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Restaurant Review: D&L Sandwich Kings

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: D&L Sandwich Kings

A new sandwich shop made its official debut this fall. D&L Sandwich Kings has opened its doors on East Main, serving something a little more special than your regular deli fare. It does its own house brisket and corned beef (and a few other things) with homespun style. You know you’re close to the establishment […]

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Best Barber Shop of 2016: Old Familiar

Best of CU Best of CU Best Barber Shop of 2016: Old Familiar

After nearly five years in business in Olde Towne East, the Old Familiar Barbershop may not be quite that old, but is certainly a familiar neighborhood staple on Parsons Avenue. The shop has grown rapidly over the years from a two-man operation to serving customers in five busy barber chairs. In addition to in-store operations […]

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Input Solicited for Olde Towne East Public Art Installation

Walker Evans Walker Evans Input Solicited for Olde Towne East Public Art Installation

The Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association (OTENA) is seeking neighborhood input on a new public art installation on Parsons Avenue. The project was originally announced nearly two years ago, but the artwork component was slated to come on line as a final phase in 2017 following roadwork and utility work that needed to take place […]

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39 Below FroYo Adding Pop-Up Pho To-Go

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega 39 Below FroYo Adding Pop-Up Pho To-Go

With the days getting gradually cooler, it’s time for some restaurants to scale back on the cool treats and offer the hot comfort food that makes winter a little more bearable. 39 Below, known for its variety of FroYo, will be scaling back on the frozen goods and introducing a seasonal pop-up selling Pho to-go. […]

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