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45 year old Columbus steakhouse for sale; last remaining one in the nation

45 year old Columbus steakhouse for sale; last remaining one in the nation

Sav McKee

It’s officially the end of an era. Well, maybe.

Yesterday, the last standing York Steak House was put up for sale. The current owner, Jay, who’s worked there for 44 years, and has owned it for 35 of those years, is putting down his knife and apron and retiring.

“Since we posted it this morning, my phone has been blowing up,” laughed Greg Hrabcak from Hanna Commercial Real Estate, who’s helped sell The Top and The Florentine. Selling family-owned steakhouses definitely seems to be his niche, he joked.

York Steak House was a chain of restaurants that first opened in 1966. Hrabcak explained that at one time, there were 180 other restaurants across the nation, mostly inside popular malls. But when food courts became popular in the 80s, York’s sales declines, and most locations were discontinued and eventually all closed.


Except for one, of course. At 4220 W. Broad St. you’ll find the old-school charm, the sirloin steaks, and the salad bar that first made York’s so popular way back when.

Although it’s currently for sale, owner Jay and Hrabcak have made it very clear that they’re hoping to make sure York’s not only survives, but thrives. “We’re selling it as an ongoing turnkey business operation,” emphasized Hrabcak. “They’ll get the name, the recipes, intellectual rights, all the furniture, the fixtures, the equipment, and even Jay’s guidance.”

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Photo via York’s Facebook

The longtime customers also seem to want to keep York’s steakhouse completely as is. On the Facebook announcement that it’s for sale, one customer commented, “ This restaurant has a fan base as serious as Batman or Star Wars. Whoever buys this would be a fool to change anything, because the restaurant comes with a built-in clientele

Another said, “Soooo this should be the stipulation. Absolutely NOTHING changes. This includes but is certainly not limited to: the staff, the food, & every single holiday decoration INCLUDING Christmas.”

As Hrabcak said, “This is a great family atmosphere. Someone is getting an extremely unique opportunity.”

If you’re interested in buying the property, email [email protected].

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