For the first time in its 82-year history in Columbus, White Castle has a presence on the Ohio State University campus.

And it's not just any White Castle.

It's built for fast-moving, tech-savvy students, who can punch in an order on their smartphones and bypass the cash register to pick up a sack of sliders.

The Columbus-based burger chain has opened a 2,550-square-foot, two-story restaurant -- with its trademark white facade and blue logo -- at 2106 N. High St. in Columbus.

It has replaced the old Radio Shack just south of Lane Avenue and is within a chicken ring's throw of Ohio Stadium.

"I think the location was key -- finding the right property," said Ed Bennett, district supervisor for the chain.

The interior features a pristine exhibition kitchen that can cook more than 400 burgers at a time, a game-day necessity, according to store officials.

Giving a nod to the Ohio State Buckeyes with vintage photographs, the new White Castle seats 47 in the main dining room and another 18 in the lounge-style room on the second floor.

It also is open 24 hours for students cramming for exams and wanting to stuff down a few sliders.

White Castle still represents an affordable meal for virtually any diner. A single slider with cheese is 91 cents; a sack of 10 is $7.99. A cup of coffee is only a buck.

Also at the campus location, Wi-Fi is free and available throughout the store, breakfast sliders are served all day and BuckIDs will be accepted for payment.

"We wanted to get our students, our customers, in 24 hours a day," said Theresa Kaszubski, regional director of restaurant operations for White Castle. "A lot of our competitors are not open all night."

A new feature is the Crave Box, not to be confused with the slider-filled Crave Case. The Crave Box is a mobile-order pickup zone at which customers can retrieve orders using special-access codes.

Those old enough to drink alcohol will be able to enjoy a brew with their meal -- but not right away. A beer-and-wine license is not yet in place but should be shortly, Kaszubski said.

This White Castle won't have one thing, though: a drive-thru.

The new location falls between two along High Street that have closed. A Clintonville location has been razed and one in the Short North is being rebuilt and should reopen in a month or so, Kaszubski said.

With 379 domestic stores, White Castle has become a household name across the Unites States.

In a bit of an understatement, Kaszubski agreed.

"We do have a following," she said.


Powell-based Charqui Jerky Co. has found a new partner in Kroger.

The grocery chain has introduced four flavors of jerky at 46 Columbus Division locations, including 30 in central Ohio.

The four flavors include: Vintage (classic jerky), Maui Ghost (sweet and spicy, with ghost peppers), Sunday Hangover (bloody Mary flavor) and Sweet Bee BBQ.

Matt Salts, who founded Charqui in 2016, uses only natural ingredients with no artificial and chemical preservatives, and he sources all the beef from the United States.


Andriah's Wine Bar, Nancy's Home Cooking and Bistro Coffee Shop, all housed under one roof at 3499 Market St. in Powell, have closed.

Bruce Watkins, whose family owned Andriah's and Bistro Coffee Shop, said he was unable to reach a deal with the landlord. Meanwhile, the original Nancy's location in Clintonville remains open.