"Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips: Where England, Ohio, and Catholicism Meet" graphic with old photo of the restaurant with 1970s cars, a news camera, and two men speaking

By Brittany Moseley

Ohio is the birthplace of a number of restaurant chains, from Wendy’s and Arby’s to Buffalo Wild Wings and White Castle. But none have the cultish following of Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips.

Much of the allure around Arthur Treacher’s is that today, only two standalone locations remain. The restaurant was founded in Columbus, Ohio, in 1969. (Dave Thomas was one of the original investors, but would soon leave to start Wendy’s.) It was named after the British character actor who also served as the restaurant’s spokesperson. At its heyday in the 1970s, there were more than 800 Arthur Treacher’s nationwide.

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Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips: Where England, Ohio, and Catholicism Meet

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