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Popular Columbus restaurant owner passes away

Popular Columbus restaurant owner passes away

Jack McLaughlin

Columbus has lost a beloved restaurant owner.

Gary Shyu, owner of the Grove City establishments China Bell Restaurant and The-Hole-in-One Lounge, passed away on Dec. 25 at Mt. Carmel Grove City. Shyu was 63 years old.

Both of Shyu’s concepts are located at 1947 Stringtown Rd. (The-Hole-in-One is situated inside of China Bell). A celebration of Shyu’s life was held at China Bell on Jan. 1. Both establishments have remained open.


According to the Columbus restaurant owner’s obituary, he was an accomplished chef who enjoyed cooking and sharing his food with the world, which led Shyu to open his restaurant in 1988. Likewise, his passion for both golf and bourbon inspired him to open The-Hole-in-One Lounge.

Shyu, who earned a master’s degree in fine art specializing in photography from OSU, was also passionate about visual art, especially photography and painting. 

After his passing, China Bell customers went to the restaurant’s Facebook page to share memories of their dining experiences.

“We are so sorry to hear that Gary has passed away. He always had a way of making our family feel like old-time friends. We first came to the China Bell many years ago, and fell in love with you and the restaurant from the start,” one Facebook user wrote.

“Such a pillar in the Grove City community,” another Facebook user wrote. “He always had a kind word for his customers and made his regulars feel like family.”

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