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Venerable Columbus motel near Ohio State reopens after facelift

The Olentangy Motor Inn has reopened with a Crimson Cup coffee shop on Olentangy River Road.

A venerable campus-area motel — yes, motel — has gotten a facelift in keeping with its heritage.

The former Varsity Inn at 1445 Olentangy River Rd., has reopened as the Olentangy Motor Inn, following the six-month renovation that added colorful retro touches consistent with the motel’s 1988 vintage. The motel’s 55 rooms were gutted to allow new flooring, furnishes, paint, lighting and other finishes.

As part of the makeover, a Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea was added to the building, complete with a drive-through.

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