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Tommy’s Diner: a story of perseverance and community generosity (video)

Tommy’s Diner: a story of perseverance and community generosity (video)

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This Westside, working-class breakfast and lunch counter has been serving Columbus since 1989. For over 30 years the diner has been an iconic staple of the Franklinton neighborhood. Tom and Kathy Pappas created this concept with hustle, hard work and a vision of the American dream.

Tom was an immigrant to this country as a young adult and Kathy grew up with immigrant parents. Both are of Greek descent, which is reflected in their culinary style. They raised 2 sons in Columbus. Their younger son, Michael, plays an active role in the business today. While their older son, Louie, followed in their culinary footsteps and established Milo’s catering, providing food services for a variety of special events.

Over the years, the diner has received many accolades and is a known hot-spot for presidential candidate visits. The menu is a combination of traditional diner fare, home-cooked specialties and innovative cuisine highlighted daily.

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