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Downtown eatery teases reopening after remaining closed for over three years

Downtown eatery teases reopening after remaining closed for over three years

Jack McLaughlin

Not many Columbus restaurants have been able to return following multi-year COVID closures, but it appears one Downtown spot is an exception to this rule.

The El Camino Inn, the quirky Downtown spot known for Tex-Mex fare and a hip, vintage bar space, appears to be reopening following a hiatus of more than three years.

The concept announced it was “Closed until further notice” on March 16, 2020, and has not reopened since. Earlier this week, however, the concept’s social media has claimed a reopening is on the way.


A photo of El Camino Inn–the restaurant’s first Instagram post since June of 2019–depicts a set of floral-patterned chairs inside the 4th Street restaurant and bar. It reads “Waterlou sunset.”

This was enough to send foodie Instagrams into a frenzy, with fans of the concept reaching out for more details. The restaurant has responded to multiple commenters on the post sharing details of an apparent reopening.

“We’re working on it, we WILL be open by 5/23,” a comment from the restaurant’s Instagram account reads. The eatery also responded to multiple other commenters to say they plan to reopen in May.

El Camino Inn could not be reached for confirmation by the time this story was published. The eatery’s Facebook page still lists the restaurant and bar as closed, and El Camino Inn’s website is no longer active.

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