City Quotient: What's the Story of the Maramor Candy Co.?
My grandmother worked at the Maramor Candy Co., where she hand-dipped chocolate for over 50 years. Do you have any information on the history of the Maramor? I know they had a gift shop and believe there was a supper club in the building. -Megan Martin, Hilliard
Columbus today is a really good dining town, but in past years it certainly wasn't a food desert. If you saw the piece on the Kahiki in the December Columbus Monthly, you got an idea of the good eatin' we had here 40 or 50 years ago. The Maramor was a star in that firmament, and it sparkled pretty brightly. Mary Love, a home economist at the Lazarus department store, opened a restaurant in 1920 at 112 E. Broad St. She called it the The Maramor, a combination of her first and last names, the latter rendered in the Latin word for love (or maybe a contraction of the French "amour"). After a stint in California, Mary returned to Columbus in 1927 and opened the second Maramor at 137 E. Broad St. When it was sold in 1945, the restaurant was managed by Danny Deeds, who made it over into a nightclub that still offered fine dining. Even Duncan Hines-he was a real food critic, not just a cake mix-gave The Maramor rave reviews, counting the broiled calf's liver with bacon, celery and almonds and the poached egg with roast beef hash among his favorite dishes. The homemade candies were a big part of the place's appeal, too. The Maramor closed in 1968 as restaurants moved out of Downtown, and the building was razed for the BancOhio (now PNC) building a few years later.
Jeff Darbee is a preservationist, historian and author in Columbus. Send your questions to email@example.com, and the answer might appear in a future column.