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Rachani Dyer, owner of a Chili Thai restaurant in downtown Columbus, received Valentine's Day flowers from her husband, Glenn, in 2020. Dyer battled COVID-19 just months later and closed the restaurant after her husband died last August.

Rachani Dyer, owner of a Chili Thai restaurant in downtown Columbus, received Valentine’s Day flowers from her husband, Glenn, in 2020. Dyer battled COVID-19 just months later and closed the restaurant after her husband died last August.

Courtesy of Rachani Dyer

A couple of weeks ago, we asked you about a Columbus restaurant that you missed that closed and you’d bring it back if you could.

You know, the restaurant where you had your first milkshake, or your first date, or the place you and your family would go to every Sunday.

Well, we got your best answers. Here are the most missed Columbus restaurants.

Chili Thai in Uptown Columbus

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Rachani Dyer, owner of a Chili Thai restaurant in downtown Columbus, received Valentine’s Day flowers from her husband, Glenn, in 2020. Dyer battled COVID-19 just months later and closed the restaurant after her husband died last August. Courtesy of Rachani Dyer

We got over 40 votes for this restaurant and here’s why:

“Best Thai food in town. “Great atmosphere, excellent service and excellent location,” Mark said.

Joshua Neubind echoed Mark’s praise and wrote, “The food was great, the atmosphere was unique and the service was great.”

Chili Thai first opened on Veterans Parkway in May 2003. Dyers moved the downtown restaurant to 10th Street in September 2013.

Unfortunately, owner Rashani Dyer had to permanently close the restaurant in December due to a series of personal struggles. Rashani contracted a serious case of COVID-19 in June 2020 and left her in a coma for a month and near death. Her husband, Glenn, died of a stroke in August 2020. She planned to sell the restaurant and return to Thailand.

Pritchett – Hamilton Road

The Columbus Restaurant he also missed received more than 40 votes.

Pritchett’s has been a favorite since the day it opened in 1946 because there’s been an endless supply of fried catfish, French fries, and dogs, according to those who answered our survey.

This restaurant also has some interesting and intimate dining areas with doors.

“There were individual rooms for each party of the guests, each with its own little jukebox and lighting above the door to indicate the waiting staff,” Elsbeth said.

Diorio Pizza at Cross Country Plaza

“I went there when I was a kid in my thirties and took my kids there,” Justin said. “Great memories, great food, great service.”

Mary Casey Stone said that “the recipe for crust and vibe” was always at the heart of it.

Others pointed out the delicious pizza, pasta, and wings, as well as their great prices. The restaurant ended its 55-year operation in June 2017.

Shawness – Thruway Airport

We all know schwanese for their great buffet of all the eggs, bacon and sausage you could dream of. Columbus and Phoenix City both lost branches of a restaurant chain around the same time, in December 2010.

“A home cooked breakfast, where you and your family are assured of great hospitality,” Tiffany said.

Spanos in downtown Columbus

Founded in 1893, Spano’s was the oldest restaurant in Columbus. But in 1979, the restaurant was forced to close due to financial problems.

“Waiters in white jackets with long service, a children’s treasure chest, ice cream cones and marble tables with white tablecloths,” said R. Strauss, “make this Columbus classic stand out.”

Some of Spano’s favorite foods were lobster, bread pudding, and shrimp cocktails.

Top Hat Chicken in Downtown Columbus

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Eula Reese serving chicken from Top Hat Café in 1983. Ledger-Enquirer Archive

Two words: fried chicken.

“The best spicy hot chicken in the world. “Fried giblets,” Ricky said in our poll.

This Columbus favorite closed down in 1989, but the cherished memories of the restaurant don’t stop there.

Many of you have praised the chicken restaurant, saying “best chicken ever” and “great spicy chicken”.

This one will surely be missed for years to come.

Did you get to participate in the survey? Comment here and tell us which Columbus restaurant you would bring back if you could.

This story was originally published June 23, 2022 2:19 pm.

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