First Wendys Restaurant
By the time Dave Thomas was 35 years old, he was a millionaire due to his work with Kentucky Friend Chicken. So, in 1969, Dave Thomas opened his very first Wendy's Old-Fashioned Hamburger Restaurant in, of all places, Columbus, Ohio!
Yes, there are other restaurants that got their start in Ohio such as Burger Boy, Biscuits, Bob Evans, RAX, and Sisters Chicken; however, Wendy's is the most famous with restaurants around the world.
Thomas called his business after his daughter Melinda "Wendy" Thomas..Wendy was a nickname given to her by her siblings. In less than one year, he opened another Wendy's in Columbus, and in 1971 they added the first "modern-day, drive-thru window" Modern is the key; although it was not the first drive-thru, but the first modern one.
The first Wendy's franchisee was in Indianapolis in 1972, but by 1976, there were 500 restaurants" Wendy's also claim as a milestone, "The Salad Bar for a national chain".
Today there are Wendy's in 34 countries, 5,000 restaurants in the US! Dave died in 2002, but he won't be forgotten in Columbus, Ohio, Home of the First Wendy's Restaurant.
At this first one, the walls are covered with displays, artifacts, and photographs.
Here, the original hamburger test griddle is mounted on the wall in the form of a plaque.
My favorite is the display about the "Where's the Beef?" advertisement..
Danny Thomas donated his Frosty cup and spoon that he used at the grand opening and that he saved for 25 years...it's under a glass dome..
Just walking around the town brought us luckily to a place and fact that I knew nothing about before this chance encounter!
World's First Wendy's
257 East Broad Street
Any kind of food you could ask for
You want Chinese, your friend wants Indian, your mom wants Italian, and your younger sister wants Strawberry Rose petal Ice cream, and uncle Fred is a Vegetarian... whew what to do?! In my opinion there is only one place to go, and that is the North Market. They have every type of food you can think of, along with desserts, specialty wines and beers, cheesea.... the list just goes on and on....
There are picnic tables to eat on outside, and also the whole up stairs is filled with seating. However if you go around lunchtime, I guarantee it will be packed! (but that is how you know it is good)
Or if you want to do some cooking, they also have a fish monger, fresh poultry, eggs, utensils....etc.
Some Artisans also have stands in there too.
They have a parking lot, which is very important to have in Columbus, don't forget to get your parking validated. i love the Vietnamese food. I get the number 9 all noodle (it is chicken, veggies, that usually comes with half rice half noodle) and then the spring rolls which are so good, they usually sell out by 1 -2pm everyday.
After that I go over to Jeni's Ice cream stand and pick out some specialty Ice cream, it is absolutely amazing, with flavors you would not have even imagined.
Nice sports bar located in northwest Columbus. Many tv's to watch sports and the NTN video game where you can compete against others in trivia. After a softball game, we met up here for drinks and food. We ordered a couple pitchers of Sierra Nevad Pale Ale along with the special (gyro's) and fries with chili and chese.
Franklin Park Conservatory
Franklin Park Conservatory was opened in 1895 and was made to look like the Glass Palace at the Chicago exhibition. The Conservatory houses many unique plant species. There are seven different plant environments including the Bonsai garden, Display Garden, Orchid garden, Tropical forest and Wetlands. There are a variety of exhibitions which takes place during the year. During my time there I was able to see the blooms and butterflies and the garden railway displays. In the butterfly exhibit many different buterflies species from all over the world fly around in front of you. You may be amazed at the colors of the various butterflies. In the garden railway, model trains run around the minature landscapes and villages of Ohio.
The hours of operation are:
Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The admission fees are:
Adults, $6.50, Students and Seniors, $5.00, Children 2-12 $3.50.
Children under 2 and members visit us for FREE.
German Village in Columbus, October 2004
W elcome to the German Village History page. This project was undertaken to be the single source for historical information regarding German Village. German Village has a rich history that spans almost a century and a half of time. When it is impossible to reference every single bit of history affecting the area we have done our best to include all documented information available to us.
The area known as German Village today was laid out as South Columbus in 1841. The name German Village is due to the significant German immigrant population that settled in South Columbus, the largest arriving between 1840 - 1860.
The immigrants came to the United States to escape oppression in their country and to enjoy the blessings of liberty and the rights of citizenship. This they accomplished and at the same time their ways, customs and characteristics were preserved. This close knit group of German immigrants, not unlike many American immigrants of the time, kept their culture intact by speaking German in the schools and churches they built as well as publishing German newspapers.