CW eatery reopens with a new look

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Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove
Canal Winchester Area Chamber of Commerce President Kim Rankin and Miss Marian’s Wigwam restaurant owners Hannelore Eichhorn and Phil Eichhorn cut the ribbon at the diner counter at the restaurant’s grand opening on Nov. 4.

A familiar downtown Canal Winchester restaurant has reopened much to the delight of area residents.

The newly christened Miss Marian’s Wigwam (formerly The Wigwam), located at 4 S. High St., held its grand opening on Nov. 4 by welcoming the community in for refreshments and to let people have a look at the restaurant’s new decor.

The Wigwam’s previous owners closed down the restaurant last summer for business reasons. However, new owners Hannelore, Phil, and Diana Eichhorn took over the restaurant in August and named it for Hannelore’s grandmother, Marian. They refurbished it with a 1950s style decor of red booths and chairs with a black and white checkerboard floor, all the while maintaining the restaurant’s comfortable, inviting atmosphere.

"We chose the ’50s theme to stay in touch with the historic character of the place," said Hannelore.

But while the decor has a bright freshness to it, regular customers will still find the familiar the wooden Indian by the door, historic photos of Canal Winchester on the walls, and the always popular diner counter still in place.

The Eichhorns also tweaked the menu to include old favorites with the addition of some new items. The menu boasts home style traditional American cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring specialty sandwiches; steak, chicken, ham, perch, and pork loin dinners; homemade soups; appetizers; a wide range of salads; milkshakes, sodas, coffee, and tea; and a tasty selection of desserts including homemade pies, cakes, and ice cream.

Hannelore, who has 12 years of restaurant experience and once worked as a waitress at the old Wigwam, said taking over the restaurant is a "wonderful opportunity."

"I was a waitress here before and the customers are wonderful. You get attached to them," said Hannelore.

History

Miss Marian’s Wigwam follows a long line of restaurants which have occupied the space at 4 S. High St. in Canal Winchester since 1899 when D.E. Alspaugh and H.E. Foor first opened a restaurant and bakery there.

Over the past 108 years several different owners operated a restaurant at the site, including one who put a duck pin bowling lane behind where the counter now sits.

Importance to the community

The owners and staff of Miss Marian’s Wigwam intend to maintain the friendly atmosphere of the restaurant that has made it traditionally known as the village’s "gathering place." As such, it plays a large role in maintaining the vibrant life of historic downtown Canal Winchester and fills the void left when the former Wigwam closed this past summer.

"The downtown area businesses were hurting without it (the restaurant)," said Hannelore. "It’s a draw for people, a gathering place where everyone knows each other."

Every seat at the restaurant’s grand opening Nov. 4 was filled with people with smiling faces. Statements like, "I’m so glad it’s back," could be heard over and over from the customers.

"It’s great to have it open again," said Dr. William Mills, who has a dentist office downtown. "We’ve missed it. It’s a great draw for downtown."

Miss Marian’s Wigwam is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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