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Blue Danube to Close in June

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After 78 years as a landmark restaurant in the Old North neighborhood of Columbus, the Blue Danube, or more affectionately referred to as the “Dube,” will close its doors on June 17. It might not be the end of the road, however. The restaurant has changed hands in the past and may do so again.

According to assistant manager Lindsey Heyob, current owner Bob Swain’s lease at 2439 N. High St. is coming to an end. Building owner Steve Margetis said they’ve found a new private investor in the business, and they’re looking to reopen the restaurant as the Blue Danube Bar and Restaurant, though a timeline is not set in stone.

The Blue Danube will serve its last meal on Father’s Day. Margetis said that as the Dube goes through renovations it’ll likely be shuttered for a long time.

Update (4:16pm)The Blue Danube posted the following update to their Facebook page at 1:19pm today:

“There is no easy way to break the news, but the time has come. After 78 years of service, the Blue Danube will be closing it’s doors. The official last day of operation is set to be June 17th. Those of us that work there would like to thank everyone for allowing us to provide such a comfortable meeting space for so many. We’ve loved being a part of your lives from the everyday mundane to the most life changing of moments. Thank you for coming to us with your engagements, your celebrations, your goodbyes, your need for safety, or even just to hang with people and decompress. The Dube family will be hanging in there until the end, and will be welcoming back some familiar faces to work some rockstar shifts in order to ensure everyone has time to say their goodbyes. Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with us. We would love to hear them! Join us in celebrating The Dube and all of the shenanigans it’s been a part of.” 

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