The fourth central Ohio Swensons Drive-In is expected to be open for business next week.
The latest Swensons location, 5720 N. Hamilton Road on the eastern edge of Columbus' Northland neighborhood, will open Monday, Nov. 18, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and the drive-in restaurant's full opening at 11 a.m., according to Kevin Howley, senior director of marketing for Swensons.
The regular restaurant hours are from 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The drive-in is known for its Galley Boy burgers, milkshakes and carhops who sprint from the restaurant to serve customers.
The first central Ohio Swensons opened in November 2018 on Sawmill Road near Dublin. A second location opened in February near Polaris Fashion Place in north Columbus and a third opened Sept. 23 on Cemetery Road in Hilliard.
The Northland Community Council development committee approved the rezoning request from Swensons in April.
"The support we see in Columbus is humbling; we'll never take that support for granted, and we're all excited to serve the New Albany community and earn their business," said Swensons CEO Jeff Flowers.
The location is near Casto’s new Hamilton Quarter mixed-use development south of state Route 161, just west of New Albany’s city limits and north of Gahanna.
Another location is in the works for Reynoldsburg, and Swensons appeared to have plans to move into Clintonville next – but Swensons pulled out of a presentation Nov. 7 with the Clintonville Area Commission. Swensons had been considering adding a restaurant on the vacant lot at 5304 N. High St., just north of Sunnyside Lane across from the COTA bus turnaround, according to the CAC’s agenda for the Nov. 7 meeting.
Swensons was founded in 1934 and until recently was exclusive to northeast Ohio near Akron; three drive-ins opened in the past few years in Cleveland’s University Heights, North Olmstead and Avon communities before Swensons turned to central Ohio.