Hungry central Ohioans hankering for a taste of nostalgia will have to wait just a little bit longer.
After a series of setbacks that delayed the resurrection of the G.D. Ritzy's chain nearly a year from its planned opening date, founder Graydon Webb said Aug. 24 the popular eatery's revival is set for Sept. 6.
In late July, Webb and his sons, Bryan and Corey, along with their friend, Drew Devilbiss, predicted the return of what's now called Ritzy's at 4615 N. High St. in Clintonville by the end of August, but now the restaurant's founder says the anticipated moment will drag into early September.
"We're going to try to beat that, but we've had some last-minute things come up," Webb said.
G.D. Ritzy's, the original concept, was founded by Webb in 1980 and eventually grew into a chain of 100 outlets across the country.
The last local one closed in 1991.
The return of the restaurant is something the Webb family, former fans of the shoestring fries, the crispy hamburgers and the popular hot dogs, and even a couple of local police officers have been eagerly awaiting.
Webb said not long ago, a police cruiser pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant as finishing touches were being made to what was once an A&W location. Webb and his sons were wondering if a ticket was coming their way when one of the officers asked, "When are you guys going to open?"
The answer is now Sept. 6.
"I'm so happy that this is behind us," Webb said. "We've got a great site. Patience has been important. We're really excited about it and people are excited about it."