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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