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Take a look inside Engine House No. 5

Anne Evans Anne Evans Take a look inside Engine House No. 5Engine House No. 5 facing Thurman Avenue.
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The restaurant that was Engine House No. 5 is one of the ‘Ghosts of Columbus Past‘ that has been brought up a few times when some reminisce. The restaurant closed in 1993 when its owner Chuck Muer was lost at sea with his wife Betty. It sat for a few years as the building owner waited for a new restaurant to come along. In 2004, the team at Big Red Rooster found the space and thought it would be perfect for their creative brand experience firm. They completed renovations to bring the historical charm back to the space. I recently took a tour of their office space.

Below are a few photos that show off the space.

Engine House No. 5 facing Thurman Avenue.

Looking into the basement. The space used to be a bar for the restaurant.

An old door where hay used to be loaded into the fire house to store the horses.

Fire house relics. An emergency call box and the hooks in the belfry used to hang fire hoses to dry.

Servers used to go down the fire pole with birthday cakes.

The main studio space with original lighting fixtures.

Looking down from the second level onto the reception area.

Click here to read the full article and view more photos of the space on The Metropreneur.

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  • tolemac5050

    Thanks for this update Anne. Great photos. Richard Stopper was the GM of engine house at one time.

  • mollywoo

    We used to eat here all the time when it was Engine House. Many a birthday dinner…they’d come down the pole with a cake with sparklers. :-)

  • dahopper

    I wish it was still the restaurant! It was a Columbus landmark!

  • Ronman

    I used to work in the kitchen as a prep cook and fry and oven cook. I’ve still got a few recipes in my head. Fish chowder, cole slaw, fried smelt and maybe more. I stuffed a bazillion lobsters with that excellent stuffing. I still cook many of the recopies for myself. I worked with Dick Stopper and wish I could remember some of the others. Are there any others that had great memories? Email me at [email protected]
    Remember the fried smelt and gazpacho? Check out the picture.

  • Tracy Langdon Quintrell

    The dates are not accurate. It did not close until May of 2001, long after Chuck and Betty passed away. Unfortunately the family sold the restaurant to Landry’s and after a few months of ownership they closed the restaurant foolishly believing that the lot was worth more than the building itself. My husband Sam was the manager there, things were going great for this lovely landmark, sales were up, the food was fabulous but Landry’s didn’t care. It sat vacant for several years after until the current business bought it. I am so glad they have done the upgrades with such care and that it was not demolished.

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