For the first time since its founding in 1942, Thurman Cafe has expanded outside of German Village.
Thurman To Go, a carryout operation with no seating, has opened at 14950 E. Broad St. in the Reynoldsburg area.
Aaron Suclescy, a member of the family that started the burger joint, said expansion was long overdue.
A two-hour wait isn't uncommon at the German Village location and expanding the dining room isn't an option. Yet, he was more comfortable with a carryout operation.
"We're not trying to be the Thurman Cafe at all," he said. "We're just trying to bring the food to the people."
On a related note, Suclescy's cousin, Chris DeVol, is launching Son of Thurman, a full-service offshoot of the original store planned for downtown Delaware. Son of Thurman is expected to open in February at 5 N. Sandusky St.
The Reynoldsburg store, just east of Taylor Road, is actually the second carryout model. The Suclescys quietly opened a Thurman To Go nine months ago directly east of the sit-down restaurant.
Suclescy said he likes the Far East area, a fast-growing part of Licking County, just east of the Limited Brands building and adjacent to the Dugout Sports Bar, which will serve Thurman burgers.
"Out here in the suburbs, we thought, it was perfect," he said. "They've heard of the Thurman Cafe, but haven't necessarily been there."
The to-go spot has essentially the same menu: a host of 12-ounce burgers starting at $8.99, plus several higher-priced signature options, including the "Thurmanator" which offers two patties, ham, bacon and three kinds of cheese.
A main difference with the new store is it also serves 5-ounce burgers, with cole slaw, fries and a pickle for $8.99.
"This is basically to encourage lunch business," Suclescy said.
Coney dogs, subs, jumbo chicken wings and thin-crust pizzas round out the menu. Delivery services will be added in the near future.
"I'll probably start out doing business delivery, but I'll be looking to add residential," he said.
Suclescy, whose great-grandfather started the business, grew up in the cafe.
After graduating valedictorian of the class of 2008 at Licking Heights High School, he studied marketing at Ohio State University, but left before graduating to pursue his business interests.
"I've always had that entrepreneurial spirit," he said.
Thurman To Go is open lunch and dinner hours daily. For more information, call 614-626-4067.