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Growing up in the 80's in Columbus was the greatest time for several reasons.  One of the most memorable was a 3 mile stretch of road nicknamed "Restaurant Row".


SR 161 aka Dublin Granville Road, was home to several concept and themed restaurants.  Back then you didn't just visit for the food, you fully immersed yourself in the experience. 


Along "The Row" one would find The Wine Cellar (owned by one of the famed Kahiki owners), The Ground Round (pay what you weigh nights), Flakey Jakes (which was substantially better than Fuddruckers IMO), Bombay Bicycle Club,  Elephant Bar, Po Folks, Uno, ChiChi's (Chimichanga!!), Chili's, The French Market (home to Damon's and the first Steak Escape in the country) and Victoria's Station.

Journey To The past...

The latter, Victoria's Station to me was the coolest of the concepts as it was made up of old train boxcars you would actually dine in!  There was an old red "London Phone Booth" that sat at the entrance (inside you would find a PAYPHONE! Remember those?) and upon entering the restaurant you could choose to eat in a boxcar OR my personal favorite, the Caboose.  Choosing the latter was super cool as the 2 elevated seats on either side of the caboose allowed you to see above the roofline and all up and down 161! 

Fast forward a few decades and all the aforementioned restaurants have long closed with their buildings being either demolished or repurposed and in the case of Victoria's, the trains departed the station in late 1992, leaving behind just the center structure which was converted into a Red Lobster.... ugh.

Positive Misfortune