11am-3pm Mon-Fri

Saturday Brunch

Sunday Brunch

5pm-9pm Mon-Thurs
5pm-10pm Fri & Sat

Built in 1831, Hotel Central the history of the Worthington Inn
Experience the Tradition. Experience the Excellence. Experience the Worthington Inn.
In 1816, a gentleman from Connecticut named Rensselear W. Cowles came to Worthington, Ohio to seek his fortune. In 1831, Mr. Cowles constructed the oldest portion of the Inn as a private residence for himself and his wife. The land and building that he purchased for $250.00 is what has become the Worthington Inn. Mr. Cowles' life in central Ohio's first city was one of civil service and prosperity. As a resident of Worthington, he served as County Commissioner, Justice of the Peace and Postmaster, while also profiting as a merchant.

After Mr. Cowles' death in 1842, Feodore Fuller purchased the Cowles' property and promptly enlarged the building. Mr. Fuller sold the business to William Bishop in 1852 for $5,000.00 changing the property from a private residence to a traveler's inn (called the Bishop House) on one of Columbus' most traveled thoroughfares (now know as Route 161- Dublin-Granville Road). At the time of Mr. Bishop's proprietorship, a typical meal at the Inn cost only a dime and an overnight's stay cost only 25 cents!

In 1868, the Lewis family purchased the property and continued to operate it as the Union Hotel until 1889. At that time, the Inn was sold again, this time to Mr. George Van Loon, who renamed our beloved enclave the Central House. When a fire damaged the roof and second floor of the original two-story structure in 1901, George’s son, Nicholas Van Loon, decided to add a large third floor ballroom under a new mansard roof. .is addition created the characteristic Victorian facade that you see today.
Years after Mr. Van Loon's passing, the current owners purchased the building and began the task of restoring the Inn to its former Victorian glory. The new owners insisted that the Inn would honor the traditions of its past and offer the highest-quality food and service in central Ohio.
Over the past 25 years, we have worked hard to maintain those traditions¬ó our chefs bake our bread daily; churn our own ice creams and sorbets and make our homemade pickles, sauces, and soups. We source the finest ingredients to create our seasonal menus and we believe in strongly supporting local and sustainable farming techniques.

The Worthington Inn is open seven days a week, offering lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, and a spectacular brunch buffet on Sundays. The Inn also offers five private dining rooms, including a majestic ballroom, for private events up to 100 guests.