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Akron’s Popular Drive-In Swensons Eyes Columbus for New Location

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Akron’s Popular Drive-In Swensons Eyes Columbus for New Location

Akron’s famed drive-in burger spot, Swensons, seems to be eyeing Columbus for its first location outside of northeast Ohio. Its potential store is set to occupy a former bank at 7490 Sawmill Rd., bordering Columbus and Dublin. The plan, which would convert the 1.33-acre parcel purchased by MG Rome Hilliard LLC into a drive-in restaurant, […]

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Ohio Mayors Discuss Opportunities and Challenges

Walker Evans Walker Evans Ohio Mayors Discuss Opportunities and Challenges

The theme of this year’s CEOs for Cities national meeting is “The Opportunity City” — a mantra oft repeated by Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther when describing both the aspirations and accomplishments of his city. As Ginther took the stage during the opening remarks of the three day conference, the theme quickly broadened to talk not […]

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Tomorrow’s Ruins… Today!

Jeff Regensburger Jeff Regensburger Tomorrow’s Ruins… Today!

That ruins continue to fascinate us should come as a surprise to no one. A short list of the world’s most popular travel destinations includes all manner of dilapidated temples, fortresses, castles, columns, and walls. Our interest in ancient ruins is complex. We approach them in a way as victors; we’re alive after all, and […]


Swensons Eventually Coming to Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans

The popular Akron-based burger drive-in Swensons is turning 75 this year, and the Akron Beacon Journal has posted up a great look at the past, present, and future of their business. There are currently seven Swensons locations, all in North Eastern Ohio with an eighth planned for Fort Wayne, Indiana. The article does include one […]


Deja Vu: Columbus Grows, Other Ohio Cities Shrink

Walker Evans Walker Evans

Its time for your regularly scheduled growth update from The Dispatch: “Central Ohio continues to grow“. Feel like you’re having a bit of Deja Vu? That’s because you are. July 2008: Columbus Grows, Rest of Ohio Shrinks March 2008: Columbus Region Grows, Ohio Stalls March 2008: Columbus Population Up, Rare in Ohio December 2007: Ohio’s […]


The Great Best Burger in Ohio Hunt – Alive Edition

Walker Evans Walker Evans

The Alive wrote Hamburg, an Akron-ism By G.A. Benton April 17, 2008 Most people don’t know that a civil war is raging in Akron. It has been for over half a century. And the rabid combatants are as adamant in their opposing positions as the North and South, the Hatfields and McCoys, tastes great and […]


Rumor Mill: VegiTerranean coming to Short North

Walker Evans Walker Evans

Restaurant Widow wrote This Just In – The Latest in Restaurant Gossip Posted by Lisa the Waitress on Friday, February 15, 2008 A whirlwind of phone calls led to sources telling me that Chrissie Hynde (of the Pretenders) will open a VegiTerranean restaurant in the Shorth North. There is already one location of the moderately-priced […]


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