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Surly Girl Saloon to Close Doors After 10 Years in The Short North

Walker Evans Walker Evans Surly Girl Saloon to Close Doors After 10 Years in The Short North

When the Surly Girl Saloon opened in the north end of the Short North in late 2005, the neighborhood was a much different place. “There was no Jackson Building when we opened, and the old Goody Boy was a magnet for crime,” explains Surly co-owner Elizabeth Lessner. “We used to regularly chase prostitutes out of […]

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Grass Skirt Becomes New Home for Kahiki’s George The Monkey

Sally Wenxin Xia Sally Wenxin Xia Grass Skirt Becomes New Home for Kahiki’s George The Monkey

A historical tiki sculpture is once again up for public display outside the Grass Skirt Tiki Room. Meet George the Monkey — originally built and designed for the Polynesian eatery Kahiki (RIP: 1961- 2000) located in East Columbus, George was acquired in an auction along with other items from the grandly decorated restaurant by the […]

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The making of a tiki bar – behind the scenes at Grass Skirt Tiki Room

Anne Evans Anne Evans The making of a tiki bar – behind the scenes at Grass Skirt Tiki Room

Grass Skirt Tiki Room has likely been one of the most highly anticipated bars to open in Columbus since the Kahiki. What is it that people just love about the Tiki culture? The tropical fantasies? The colorful drinks? The crazy tiki mugs? The romantic music? “Opening a tiki bar has been a longtime dream of […]

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