After a 29-year run, Wendy’s serves up its last meal

A work crew boards up Wendy’s on Monday morning after closing on Sunday. The company said it plans to sell the site.



By Charles Sercombe

          Where’s the beef?

          Not anymore at Wendy’s restaurant on Jos. Campau, just south of Caniff.

          The company-owned outlet closed on Sunday, said Kitty Munger, Director of Communications for the company.

          “The restaurant had seen declining sales for the past few years,” Munger said in an email to The Review. “The cost would be too high to remodel. The crew and managers were placed in nearby restaurants.”

Munger said the site will be put up for sale.

          The restaurant had operated in the city for 29 years. The site was once the home of the Martha Washington Theatre, one of the last movie theaters in operation before being torn down about a year before Wendy’s opened up.

          According to a report by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper, the Ohio-based company is closing about 130 of its restaurants that aren’t performing well. The company plans a major redo of its restaurants, much like Taco Bell has been doing in recent months.

          On her Facebook page, Mayor Karen Majewski was more concerned about the tearing down of the Martha Washington Theatre than the closing of Wendy’s.

“The Martha Washington Theatre they knocked down to build it can never be replaced,” Majewski said. “This is why a strong zoning ordinance that protects our urban character and historic buildings is so important.”

The last years of the theater were surrounded with controversy. That’s when the owner of the theater resorted to showing adult-rated films, which spurred residents to protest in front of it.

Majewski noted that protecting the city’s urban character and historic buildings takes more than a strong zoning ordinance.

 “That ordinance has to be defended by a Zoning Board of Appeals that grants variances only under actual circumstances of hardship, not just inconvenience or for the benefit of one constituency or another,” she said. “And equally important is a Plan Commission that is willing to defend and protect the regulations spelled out in that ordinance with a vision for the good of the entire city over the long term.”

The Zoning Board has allowed four mosques, a church and a non-profit organization to open up in commercial buildings on Jos. Campau in recent years, despite an ordinance forbidding that.

Sandy Bakic, whose family owns Campau Tower Hamburgers and Martha Washington Bakery next to Wendy’s, said she doubts there will be an uptick in business in either locations.

“It means less people will be around,” she said. “No business closing is good.”


11 Responses to After a 29-year run, Wendy’s serves up its last meal

  1. anonymous

    November 12, 2020 at 8:33 am


  2. Dave

    February 7, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    Here in Pittsburgh they’ve shuttered half of their locations and the remaining few are drive through only. Goodbye, it was nice knowing you.

  3. Vivian Clark

    May 31, 2022 at 11:20 am

    I use to love the small bacon cheese burger!
    All of a sudden, you changed the buns on it????
    I never thought that’s what made that burger amazing.
    No one understands when I go in & ask why you changed the buns?
    They act like I don’t know what I’m talking about
    I’ve been a faithful customer of YOUR FOR YEARS
    I’d continue to be if you brought back THEM BUNS!!!!!!

  4. Mk

    July 31, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    This is what happens when the kids take over the family business


    August 21, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    I do not like wendys service at all. I will not go to any wendys restaurants. Their service is lousy like all their meals.

  6. Edward Barck

    September 9, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    It’s no wonder they are going under. It seems that their help generally doesn’t seem to be enjoying their employment there. So often they act like they are doing you a favor to even talk to you. So disappointing to walk in to place an order.
    Very sad end to a great chain.

  7. Andrew

    April 2, 2023 at 9:01 pm

    I recently quit Wendy’s. WORST…JOB…EVER!!! The food is blander than cardboard and the atmosphere is TOXIC!!! Bi-weekly pay is stupid – EVERYBODY should get paid weekly regardless where they work. Bi-weekly pay and still handing out PAPER PAYCHECKS what is this, 1967? I highly advise you, DO NOT WORK AT WENDY’S!

  8. Barry

    September 19, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    Bye Bye Miss American Pie!!!

  9. David

    November 24, 2023 at 10:07 pm

    I am not surprised. The Las burger I tried eat at Wendy’s tasted like minced cardboard. Sounds like the bureaucrats won another one.

  10. Leah

    November 24, 2023 at 10:11 pm

    their food is always gross for me anyways, so it’s not a surprise for me anyways

  11. Ava

    November 24, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    i always hated their food there and the staff is always rude no matter what time it is.

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