The grab-and-go counter that opened Monday is Thurman Cafe's first-ever expansion out of its German Village home since opening in 1942. It's the first of two Thurman expansion projects in the works.

The waits at the original Thurman Cafe in German Village are notoriously long--they got so bad that eight months ago, the restaurant added a small to-go operation next door to satisfy Thurmanator cravings on the fly.

That to-go counter has spawned a new cafe, Thurman To Go at 14950 E. Broad St. in Pataskala, which opened Monday. The grab-and-go counter is the restaurant's first-ever expansion out of its German Village home since opening in 1942. Aaron Suclescy, the 24-year-old son of one of Thurman's current owners, is helming the restaurant, and he says first-week business is booming, largely due to their lunchtime special: a five-ounce cheeseburger, coleslaw, a pickle spear and fries for $8.99. (You can still get a Thurmanator, too.)

"We wanted to do something people could eat more regularly and could still go back to work after eating," Suclescy says. "The five-ounce burger is a little more manageable."

It's the first of two expansion projects in the works: early next year, Suclescy's cousin Chris will open a second full-scale Thurman Cafe in Delaware, right on the square downtown.