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Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum

The Chicago Sun-Times featured Zaharako's in June 2009. Excerpts from the article are below :

  • In this small southern Indiana town famous for modern architecture, the newest attraction is actually quite old.
  • "There's nothing like this in the country today," said Anthony Moravec (Zaharakos' owner and president of a Columbus-based pharmaceutical company), where the original maple floors from the 1890s are the stage for a slew of antiques. The shop's 1908 Welte orchestrion, a self-playing organ that sounds like an orchestra, is all tuned up and ready to roll. The 50-foot-long double backbar of mahogany, marble and mirrors looks good as new, even though it's nearly a century old.
  • "Lots of places have gone back to the 50s," he said, "but you're not going to find anybody who's gone back to the turn of the century to this extent."
  • "Back in the '40s, Zaharakos is where (J. Irwin) Miller used to talk about modern design with the likes of Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames over ice cream. This also happens to be where a pretty little soda jerk caught Miller's eye. "He met his wife here in Zaharakos," Moravec said. "She served him his first banana split."

    [ excerpts from "Hot Fudge and History," Chicago Sun-Times, June 3, 2009]

Indianapolis Monthly magazine's August 2010 issue puts Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor at the top of its list of "The 50 Things Every Hoosier Must Do."

For even more information, visit the Zaharako's web site by clicking here.

Watch a video featuring Zaharakos from the television show "Savor Indiana" here.

Read the Indy Spectator blog post about Zaharakos here.

View a PDF booklet that details the history and timeline, the mechanical music collection, the syrup dispenser collection, the soda fountain collection, as well as information about the restoration and preservation process, the Crystal Parlor, and the libraries. 

To see how Zaharakos really "decks the halls" at Christmas time, go here.

Located at 329 Washington Street in downtown Columbus, phone 812-378-1900.

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The community turned out by the hundreds to view the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly restored Zaharakos, a beloved Columbus institution, in June of 2009.

A brass band entertained the large crowd that showed up to be first in line when Zaharakos opened its doors once again.

Moravec receives Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana award

From Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana news release 

Tony Moravec won recognition for his restoration of a beloved Indiana treasure, Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor in downtown Columbus. Known far and wide for its authentic vintage interior, the institution closed in 2006 after 106 years in operation and the community mourned. Moravec stepped forward to redress the loss. He not only refurbished the interior’s walnut and oak woodwork and onyx soda fountain, he also recreated a nineteenth-century storefront to replace the 1950s façade that didn’t match the authentic interior. He even bought back the 1908 Welte organ that had been sold to a California collector when the place closed. Washington Street was closed for the day and a long line trailed down the block when Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum reopened in June 2009.

Go to Historic Landmarks Foundation web site here.

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