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Some Ohio State students bleu over Gooeyz’s unexpected closing

Gooeyz, located at 1554 N. High St., announced Nov. 4 it was closing indefinitely. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editor

Gooeyz, located at 1554 N. High St., announced Nov. 4 it was closing indefinitely.
Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editor

The cheesiest part of South Campus Gateway might be gone for good.

Gooeyz, a bar and restaurant known for its specialty grilled cheese sandwiches located at 1554 N. High St., announced it was closed indefinitely via Twitter Monday evening.

Its Twitter account, @Gooeyz, tweeted “Gooeyz is now closed. Thank you for your patronage and all of the Cheezy Love!!”

Gooeyz then tweeted “We are evaluating all possibilities and options for Gooeyz so keep an eye out for us!”

Some Ohio State students were surprised at the announcement.

“That’s it? They didn’t give any warning? No that’s very shocking. That’s alarming actually. Very sad. I would have gone before they closed but I didn’t know,” said Margaret Kennedy, a second-year in business.

Daniel Beckett, a fourth-year in chemistry, said he felt Gooeyz offered something out of the norm in terms of off-campus dining options.

“It kinda sucks, Gooeyz is awesome. I mean, it’s the only place that serves straight up just grilled cheese, so that’s kind of sad,” Beckett said.

Geoff McGinnis, a fourth-year in computer science and engineering, said he liked Gooeyz.

“It’s a shame. Not too many places you can get a good grilled cheese on campus, and you know, it was always a nice place to stop by whenever you were in the Gateway,” McGinnis said.

The announcement came less than two weeks after Charlie Bear: Land of Dance, a dance club located at 1562 N. High St. in the Gateway, confirmed it was moving to 2885 Olentangy River Road.

Charlie Bear general manager Matt Bean said Oct. 25 that the move was to “offer something more than we do now” with a better space. The owners of Charlie Bear also owned Cadillac Boo’s at the Olentangy River Road location, so the decision was made to close Cadillac Boo’s and replace it with Charlie Bear.

OSU spokeswoman for Administration and Planning Lindsay Komlanc confirmed Oct. 25 Charlie Bear was in discussions with South Campus Gateway — which is owned by the university — about its lease, which was not set to expire until January 2016. Bean did not comment on the Gateway contract.

McGinnis said it could be rent at Gateway that’s driving businesses out.

“Maybe rent’s too expensive in the Gateway? Maybe the price is driving people out. We’ll have to wait and see,” McGinnis said.

Beckett said the closures might cut down on foot traffic.

“That area’s going to be less crowded now,” he said.

Gooeyz’s owners did not immediately respond to emails requesting comment Monday night.


  1. Another places leaves the gateway, we can we call this area a bust?

  2. Nooooooooooooo

  3. Nooooooooooooo

  4. Sorry to hear this It was one of the few places on campus that’s an good. Remember, OSU/Campus Partners ran out locally owned businesses for over-priced look a like chains and franchises.

  5. Gooeyz was sub-par as far as food goes.If your claim to fame is Grilled Cheese….you had better serve a decent sandwich. I went twice and had poor service once, and adequate service the second. Not horrible as a bar, but noting notable to keep me coming back. Perhaps something better will fill the void.

  6. It will be missed , it was my favorite place to eat late night , I hope they reopen somewhere in the north side of Columbus

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