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What’s available early in the morning, late at night, and blue-and-white all over? According to Time Magazine, the most influential burger in history. The winner: America’s beloved White Castle “slider,” the fourth meal staple for generations of snackers in Columbus – where the company has been headquartered for years – and beyond. Known as one of [...]
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What’s available early in the morning, late at night, and blue-and-white all over?

According to Time Magazine, the most influential burger in history. The winner: America’s beloved White Castle “slider,” the fourth meal staple for generations of snackers in Columbus – where the company has been headquartered for years – and beyond.

Known as one of the great test markets of all-time, our fair city has been long connected with the fast food industry, most notably as the home of the original Wendy’s Hamburger restaurant, once jutting proudly from the corner of Broad and High streets. But, long before Dave Thomas started slinging his version of the square burger, White Castle had already started the trend in 1921, when Billy Ingram served the first one at his flagship Wichita location.

Now, there are more than 400 White Castle locations in 12 states, expanding “Craver Nation” to near-cult status. If you live in Columbus, chances are some of your best stories involve a Crave case or two. Beyond that, the organization seems to embrace their quirky position in the marketplace, paying tribute to White Castle’s off-kilter reputation by marketing burger-smelling candles, and even sponsoring nationwide wedding contests.

But beyond their ingenious marketing, that little steamed 90-year-old burger has led the charge, hitting the bellies of Americans by the millions daily. And if you’re second-gassing how much influence a tiny little burger can have, turn on the Food Network and watch how many times you hear the word “slider.” Nowadays, everywhere from trendy new gastropubs and backyard picnics serve some version of the ubiquitous square. And until The Pearl starts serving its own version of a Big Mac, White Castle can rest easy with that No. 1 spot.

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The title of most influential burger of all-time is in the bag for White Castle. But what does that emcompass? We asked our readers to creatively credit their impact on the world. What else has the “slider” influenced?

“Influenced people to willingly attend a game at Cooper Stadium.” – James Meyers

“Without them, we wouldn’t have the only fast-food restaurant, that I’m aware of, that offers Valentine’s Day candlelit dinners with decorations and full table service.” – Jason Wells

“Not funny or clever, but the White Castle Foundation is a true supporter for the arts in Columbus, through their fund at the Columbus Foundation.” – Jessie Boetcher

“The Crave Case clearly influenced the look of the business brief case. They look identical.” – Ben Ahlteen

“I believe that White Castle developed the light box style of display as a marketing ploy. Now used by all food companies in a similar market. That and they make the world’s best Thanksgiving stuffing around.” – Ashley Voss

Harold and Kumar go to White Castle. I don’t think there has been another movie that was inspired by a single burger in such a positive way.” – Sara Allison

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Rémy Cointreau presents: The Sidecar

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We teamed up with Rémy Cointreau and local bartender, Ben Griest, from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to bring you an icon of cognac cocktails. Ben's previous videos featured the art of margarita-mixology, and now we are moving on to another tasty cocktail. This timeless, opulent drink is well-balanced and fresh.

With National Cognac Day coming up, we figured it would be great to share, Rémy Martin 1738 presents The Sidecar.

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National Brisket Day is Today!

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With meat shortages starting to take their toll and National Brisket Day here at last - we've gathered a roundup of some spots you can go to to get your brisket fix.

Legacy Smoke House

With their main location in Hilliard and a food truck moving throughout the city, Legacy Smoke House is a solid choice for brisket on National Brisket Day, just be sure to get there while supplies last. Enjoy!

Pecan Pennys

Just off Main Street, Pecan Pennys is ready to fulfill your brisket needs. If your looking to feed a family though be sure to get your orders in advance as they're requesting 24 hours notice on dinner bundles.

Ray-Ray's Hog Pit

With locations in Franklinton, Westerville, Clintonville and Powell Ray Ray's Hog Pit is open for business with brisket stocked at all locations. #NationalBrisketDay is the best day!

Hoggy’s Restaurant and Catering

Located on Bethel Road, Hoggy’s will be stocking brisket for both dine-in or carryout. Feel free to stop in or stop by!

The Pit

With a new location opened up on Parsons Ave. The Pit BBQ will be offering brisket for the National day. Celebrate with some tasty brisket!

City Barbeque

City Barbeque will be offering brisket for the National day! So get excited and get ready for some yummy BBQ brisket!

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{UPDATED} Indoor Dining: what’s NOT opening?

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PINS Mechanical Co.

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Hey Pinheads. We're so excited to hear that our world is beginning to reopen! Many of you have reached out asking about our opening plans so we wanted to provide a brief update on Pins Mechanical Co. While we fully trust and support the decisions of our local leaders, it’s our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our team members and guests, while not sacrificing the experience that makes Pins, Pins! With that in mind, none of our locations will be opening in May. There are many unknowns with COVID-19 and we hope that taking this extra time will help our guests and teammates feel better about the measures we’ve put in place to keep all of us safe. For example, on top of our already stringent cleaning procedures, we’re installing UV technology at all locations (ensuring you always have clean balls to play with). We’re looking forward to welcoming back our kick-ass team to train and adjust to this new normal. Once our people feel comfortable + confident, we’ll know it’s time to get rollin’ again! Thank you for your incredible support, online sales, photo shares + kind words over the last two months. Even when you couldn’t show up, you showed up and we’ll never forget it! We’re hopeful that everyone will be safe and smart as we begin to reopen the doors to the small businesses that make our communities so special. See you soon, Pinheads!

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Old North Arcade

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Dear friends, . As you are most likely aware, Governor DeWine has permitted the reopening of bars and restaurants for dine-in seating effective 5/21. We are very grateful that our leadership is now offering businesses the choice to do what they think is right. We offer no judgment for the bars and restaurants that are/have chosen to open. However, for our particular business, and for our staff, we still think it's too early. We are going to remain closed this week and next but do hope to open soon. Your understanding and patience is greatly appreciated and we cannot wait to see you all. It is important to us that we apply an extra layer of safety and precaution on top of the govermental recommendations. Tentatively, we are looking at the end of May to reopen in a very limited capacity but we're following local and national developments very closesly so will be quick to bail if things turn south. Your continued support has been quite humbling. Thank you. Stay healthy, support local, and be more than kind to one another. . Cautiously optimistic, . ONA Staff

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Watershed Kitchen + Bar

101 Beer kitchen

They are delaying opening dine-in service until May 26th.

Matt the Miller's Tavern

Stay tuned on social for patio and dine-in updates!

J. Gumbo's

J. Gumbo's will continue to stay open for online ordering for pick up and delivery - stay tuned for dine-in updates.

Mouton on High

The Whitney House

The Whitney House will be opening Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 11 am.

The Guild House

Stay tuned for opening dates!

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Smoked On High

Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace

The Woodbury

The Woodbury will be opening its doors for dine-in service on June 1 2020.

Roosters

Roosters are not opening dine-in until May 26th 2020.

The Eagle

The Eagle is temporarily closed - stay tuned on social for updates!

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In light of the government mandated closure of dine-in business for an indeterminable period of time, we’ve made the incredibly hard decision to temporarily close The Eagle Columbus. . Given the truly unprecedented and quickly evolving nature of this health crisis, we’ve been forced to make the best decisions we can, with the information we have. As the true scale of this crisis has been revealed, it’s become impossible to deny the impact this mandate will have on our business and team members. This decision was made as all of our decisions have been: with the health, happiness, well being and best interests of our guests and team members in mind. . The state of Thunderdome Restaurant Group is strong and we look forward to seeing and serving you all on the other side of this. Truth, courage, and be well.

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Lavash Cafe

Tiger + Lily

Tiger + Lily is sticking to carry out for the time being. Follow them on social for updates for dine-in!

Yats Grandview

Red Lobster

Red Lobster is continuing to stick to curbside pickup, delivery, or touchless pick-up.

Harvest Pizza

Bareburger Columbus

Bareburger is opening for dine-in on May 26th, 2020.

Mezze

City Barbeque

Local Cantina - Creekside, Grandview, Dublin, Westerville, Hilliard Locations

Creekside Local Cantina is delaying opening indoor dining until May 26, 2020.

OH Pizza and Brew

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