Doody founded the iconic German Village restaurant in 1981.
Lindey’s founder and owner, Sue Doody, died today, according to a written statement provided by her family. She was 83.
A statement emailed to the magazine this afternoon reads:
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our cherished mother and grandmother, Sue Doody, whose valiant and tough-fought battle with cancer has come to an end. Our hearts are heavy, and we know many in the central Ohio community loved her as we do and mourn with us.”
“Sue was happiest when she was working tirelessly at her beloved Lindey’s, where she built a lasting legacy - creating jobs and careers for countless people, developing gourmet recipes, and welcoming thousands of guests over 38 years of hospitality. Her vibrant personality and love for serving others transcended her personal life into her restaurant life – with her extended family of employees and the many ‘regulars’ who visited Lindey’s.”
“We are ever-thankful for the many people who touched her life—and ours—and we will assure that her spirit and energy lives on in all we do.”
Doody, who was born in Dayton, founded the iconic German Village restaurant in 1981—it was fashioned after stylish Upper East Side New York bistros. She has remained involved in Lindey’s day-to-day operations until recently. In a 2016 Columbus Monthly cover story titled “Where Are They Now?” the answer in regards to Doody was simple: She was still approving every dish at Lindey’s. “If it looks like it needs getting done, I do it,” the longtime restaurant owner said at the time.
Lindey’s will be closed for lunch on Monday, April 30, so that staff members can attend a memorial service. A memorial page has been set up on Lindeys.com where guests and friends are encouraged to share their memories.