Dublin, Ohio: Dave Thomas Statue, Wendy's Memorabilia

Pose with a larger-than-life statue of Wendy's founder Dave Thomas, then walk inside the world's fanciest Wendy's to view its exhibits, including Dave's first test griddle.
Address:
4555 W. Dublin-Granville Rd, Dublin, OH
Directions:
Northwest of Columbus. I-270 exit 17A. Drive east on US Hwy 33 for one mile, cross the river, and continue straight through the stoplight. You'll see the Wendy's on the right.
Admission:
Free
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Dave Thomas statue.

Dave Thomas Statue, Wendy's Memorabilia

Very swanky Wendy's, with small museum room off to the side with a lot of memorabilia including the iconic "Where's the beef" ad campaign. Just down the road from Wendy's HQ.

[Ohio Tourist, 04/01/2015]

Waterford crystal hamburger.

Dave Thomas Statue, Wendy's Memorabilia

Worth a stop if you're a fan of Wendy's (or "Where's the Beef?").

[The Wanderer, 06/02/2014]

Where else can you go to see a $105,000 Waterford crystal rendition of a Wendy's hamburger, complete with sculpted pickles, onions, tomatoes and lettuce?

Wendy's memorabilia.

Dave Thomas Statue, Wendy's Memorabilia

It was a sad day in March 2007 when the World's First Wendy's closed in Columbus, Ohio -- sending its priceless Wendy's relics into storage. They gathered dust for nearly seven years, but now they're back, displayed in a special "community room" in a brand-new Wendy's flagship restaurant -- the most elegant in the whole chain -- that opened just across the street from Wendy's corporate headquarters, only a few miles from the old location.

Artifacts displayed include founder Dave Thomas's original test griddle, and the Olympic torch he carried through town in 1996; the "Store No. 1" sign from the old restaurant; a $105,000 crystal hamburger; and an entire case devoted to "Where's the Beef?" paraphernalia -- but we gather from reports that most of what was exhibited in the old restaurant, if not more, is here.

Outside on a patio, a larger-than-life bronze statue of Dave smiles, standing at the drive-thru, his arms outstretched to you, the customer, holding out a Frosty and a sack of burgers.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 12/20/2013]

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