It’s always tough when a beloved restaurant closes its doors, so I’m feeling sad tonight. Rigsby’s, an eatery that has been a favorite of ours since we moved back to Columbus 29 years ago, has announced that it has ended operations and served its last meals last night.
This really sucks! I liked Rigsby’s for a lot of reasons. The food was fun, flavorful, and of consistently good quality. The menu stayed fresh and interesting, and prices were reasonable. The wine list was strong, and the restaurant was one of the places that showed that Columbus has long since moved past its “Cowtown” rep. For many years, Rigsby’s was the beating heart of the Short North district that has become one of the centers of the Columbus social scene, too.
I’m thinking tonight of the many meals we’ve had at Rigsby’s — probably more than a hundred in all. We went there with family and friends and clients and business colleagues we wanted to impress. We had some great laughs, ate some great meals, and enjoyed some great wines. It was a fabulous place to spend an evening, and we’ll miss it. I only regret that we didn’t get a chance to have one more meal there.
Thanks to Kent Rigsby, the proprietor, for almost three decades of fine dining and fun. We’ll look forward with great anticipation to his next venture.