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Iconic Columbus diner reopens after lengthy hiatus

Iconic Columbus diner reopens after lengthy hiatus

Jack McLaughlin

One of the city’s most unique diners has reopened its doors.

Located in a single-room spot quite literally next door to the Ohio State University Airport, Jack & Benny’s Barnstormer Diner, located at 2160 W. Case Rd., has officially reopened.

The spot, which initially shuttered due to COVID-19 in March of 2020, relaunched operations on Oct. 15. It will be open daily from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., and is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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This iteration of the famous Columbus eatery Jack & Benny’s (the original has been open in the Old North since 1954) first launched in 2013. And even though it’s not as historic as its High Street counterpart, the restaurant’s unique location, which allows guests to watch planes coming and going, has helped the location endear itself to local diners all the same.

Luckily for fans of the original Jack & Benny’s, the Barnstormer Deli normally features an identical menu. This means diners can opt for a number of sandwiches, salads, and burgers for lunch, in addition to a wide variety of breakfast dishes, including their classic Gutbusters. These massive creations combine hash browns, potato pancakes, eggs, bacon, ham, and sausage into a breakfast tower that’s ladled over with sausage gravy.

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