Columbus prides itself on being unique for a city of its size, especially with its architecture. But it also offers other types of attractions.
Recently, that uniqueness was enhanced with the installation of a replica 1914 banjo-orchestra at Zaharakos, the well-known downtown ice cream parlor and restaurant.
The banjo-orchestra was somewhat of a jukebox in its day in saloons and other establishments. At Zaharakos, it serves as a complementary piece to the restaurant’s 1907 Welte self-playing organ that Columbus residents have known and loved for many years. And it augments the restaurant’s old-time atmosphere, which also features a marble soda fountain from the 1904 World’s Fair.
The Columbus Area Visitors Center said the new attraction should enhance the excitement and expectations of visitors to the restaurant and its accompanying museum.
And think for a moment what visitors to Columbus, especially downtown, can see on a visit. Kidscommons — a children’s museum — and just across the street at The Commons the Luckey Climber — a dream climbing adventure for children. A short walk to the Visitors Center can help tourists begin an architectural adventure that can take them all over the city or to various points around the downtown should they choose an abbreviated tour.
And when you think of what is unique or unexpected in downtown Columbus, how about a former gas station that is being redeveloped as a winery? It is scheduled to open next week.
Columbus has a lot to offer visitors thanks to creative thinking by city leaders and business operators. Now a banjo-orchestra can be added to that list.
Sounds like sweet music for the city and the guests it attracts.