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.

4555 W. Dublin-Granville Rd, Dublin, OH
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.
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Wendy's founder, Dave Thomas.

Dave Thomas Statue, Wendy's Memorabilia

This isn't the first Wendy's restaurant, as the sign over the door might lead you to believe, but it is their flagship store, chock full of memorabilia and historic artifacts. Items include original concept drawings of the Wendy character, crew member pins, and bobble heads of founder Dave Thomas and Wendy. Although something was missing: the $105,000 Waterford crystal hamburger. Nowhere to be seen. Maybe the McDonald's Hamburglar had something to do with this!

[Mike Gassmann, 09/20/2021]

The "1st restaurant" sign is an artifact from the actual restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, that displayed many historical items.

Dave Thomas Statue, Wendy's Memorabilia

There's an exhibit inside with paraphernalia and a timeline documenting the history of Wendys' - and photos of the real Wendy.

[Jennifer Kefer, 06/27/2021]

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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