Columbus Blue Danube Restaurant and Dive Bar, aka The Dube, is not for sale


The iconic Old North Columbus restaurant and dive bar, the Blue Danube, is not for sale.

The building at 2439 N. High St. appears to be listed for sale on the Home Experts Realty website for $1 million, but the realtor associated with the website’s listing told the Dispatch she is no longer working with this property.

Estate agents contacted by The Dispatch confirmed that there is a listing of the property in the Multiple Listing Service database, which is the property of licensed agents, but it is two years old and no longer active.

The haunt, nicknamed “the ‘Dube”, closed in 2018 after then-owner Bob Swaim was unable to secure a new lease with owner Margetis Investments. The company’s plans were to renovate the space, Swaim said at the time.

The one-story property, built in 1930, includes approximately 2,500 square feet of restaurant and bar space.

The listing describes the property as an “iconic restaurant opportunity in the heart of Old North Columbus” with “high visibility on North High Street.”

Social media went viral this week with news that a mural on the building, which appears in the Home Experts Realty website’s outdated listing, has been repainted.

A representative for real estate company Kohr Royer Griffith, who is appointed as the Margetis family’s legal agent for the LLC that owns the building, said the company was not aware the property was for sale.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information about the state of the building.

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