McDonald’s Changing Operators

Three Delaware McDonalds will have new operators come March 1.

The Holowicki family purchased the properties from R&D … for an undisclosed amount. All three locations – South Sandusky Street, US 23 North, and on West Central Avenue – have undergone extensive renovation in the past year. Even to the point that the US 23 North location was torn down and completely rebuilt.

This is not the Holowickis first foray into the McDonalds market owning 20+ franchises from Easton to Dublin. An employee at the South Sandusky Street store was complimented the Holowicki family on how they run the business having worked for them in the past.

Five Guys Coming!

Ontario Location Planned

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries will open its first North-Central Ohio location in Ontario, Ohio.

Five Guys is finally landing in Ontario, Ohio in a new strip-mall the Mansfield News-Journal reports.

Joining Five Guys will be Sleep Number, Sport Clips and Panda Express with two units vacant when the permit was submitted in July.

The 11,232 square-feet facility will be located on Lexington-Springmill Road.

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries was established in 1986 in Washington, DC and began franchising in 2002 and now has more than 1500 locations – with another 1500 in development – across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East according to its website.

Historic Marcy’s Diner “It’s All Good”

178-Year-Old General Store and Diner

On one of those days where the office’s view was the windshield I found myself on State Route 674 near Slate Run Metro Park on Columbus’s southeast side. Hunger pains had me looking for a place to refill the stomach.

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The mushroom and swiss burger was impressive from Historic Marcy Diner and General Store. (toby boyce)

Marcy’s Diner and General Store looked a bit tired in a nostalgic way that led me to actually turn around and come back. Of course, not before I did a Google search and saw a “4.1 star” rating and well we know this fat man can’t pass that up. And it was very worth the $12 lunch price tag.

First, it is a small – 50 seats – diner with an ice cream stand and a general store for those that need the necessities that come with rural living. Rural is something that the Diner has experienced its entire life. Founded in 1840 by William Brobst the general store was in the family for more than a century for a long and storied history.

The current location is the second-building on the original site and has been owned by the current ownership group for the past 12 years and has been a diner for more than 30 years.

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The Food

Being old is one thing. Being good is another.

The place was packed at about 1:30 on a Thursday afternoon.Good sign and the only issue I had with the place was service. But they had probably 50 of the 80 seats filled and the two waitresses hustled but were overwhelmed. But I wasn’t in a hurry and it was a good time to slow down and just see life go by.

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Classic firetruck outside Historic Marcy’s General Store & Diner in rural Canal Winchester, Ohio. [toby boyce]
Chose the mushroom and Swiss burger with french fries and an iced tea. Fries were your typical “sysco” but the burger was good. Burger had flavor and was well cooked to make me think it was probably fresh-pressed as it didn’t have that uniform look or feel you get from Sysco food. Family at table next to me had a wide selection of burgers, pizza, and subs that looked – and they said it was – good. The Italian sub was quite large and the pizza was a classic pizza with the thin-crust but crispy. Another table got the soup du jour — that sounds good, I’ll have that — which was Sausage and Kale and his counterpart got the Chicken Parmesan. The soup is homemade according to the waitress and he seemed to like it. The Chicken Parmesan was a huge quantity of pasta and sauce – he put more than half of it in a to-go container and still struggled to finish what was on his plate.

Overall, the restaurant is worth a stop if you are in the area and hungry for basic American fare. Worth an hour drive from Delaware? No as you’ll pass a handful of similar restaurants – like the Sunbury Diner — on the way.

More Information
  • Web Site: marcydiner.com
  • Address: 1004 Winchester Southern Road, Canal Winchester, Ohio (Google Map)
  • Phone: (614) 837-0734

Neither Toby nor C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. received any compensation or other benefits from the company featured.

Mi Cerrito Offers Authentic Mexican to Historic Downtown Delaware

Delaware Ohio 365: Mi Cerrito Mexican Restaurant

19 East Winter Street, Delaware, Ohio

Mexican Restaurants are often the butt of jokes for the “order by number” menu and its cliche for serving the Midwestern version of Tex-Mex. However, Mi Cerrito Mexican Restaurant in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio serves as today’s DelawareOH365.com.

Mi Cerrito is different than many local Mexican restaurants in that all the entrees and dinners are made fresh and on site in Delaware, Ohio. I don’t know if the tortilla chips are made onsite or not, but in talking to the owner he said that all meals are made onsite – and he should know since most nights he’s the one in the kitchen doing the cooking.

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Mi Cerrito Owner Pedro, left, talks with diners during lunch earlier this year at the restaurant’s location in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio.

One of the stand out points for Mi Cerrito is its “at your table” guacamole, where a server will make your guacamole in a large stone bowl with fresh ingredients right at your table. The cost is more than a traditional side-order of guacamole but the flavor is by far worth it and so amazing.

Mi Cerrito has all the regular Mexican expectations from chimichangas, enchiladas, burritos, and tacos at reasonable prices. A combination menu allows those unable to make a decision on a single item to mix-and-match items for $7.49 during dinner and from $3.75 to $6.25 during lunch.

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Among my personal favorites is the chicken soup ($5.95) which is a great blend of chicken breast, rice, avocado, and pico de gallo along with fresh lime. But just stop down and make your own favorite!

Mi Cerrito Mexican Restaurant is located at 19 East Winter Street – across from the Strand Theatre – in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio.

Dickey's Reopens in Delaware

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Dickey's BBQ, shown here just prior to opening the first time, has reopened in Delaware, Ohio.

Dickey’s BBQ first came to Delaware, Ohio, and Glennwood Commons in 2009 and has recently reopened at the same location on the city’s west side.

After closing its Delaware and Newark locations, this is a reentry into the Ohio market by the Dickey’s chain.  The store is known for its slow-roasted meats and collection of “home style” sides.

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. seven days per week at its location at 820 Sunbury Road — at the intersection of State Routes 36 and 521 — in western Delaware, Ohio.