Fine Dining Returns to South Columbus

My broadcasting buddies of many years in Columbus,  Al Flemming, Don Nahley, and I get together for lunch once a month.  We take turns in hosting, which means we take turns in picking up the check, and the one who pays gets to pick the restaurant.  Friday was Don’s day, and he picked the Fife and Drum at the new National Infantry Museum, which is half open, the front half, which includes the restaurant, IMAX theater, and the gift shop.  These are the only revenue generating attractions at the museum.  Visiting the huge and impressive exhibition area will be free.   

Dick McMichael, Al Flemming, and Don Nahley having lunch at the Fife and Drum, National Infantry Museum, Columbus, Georgia

Dick McMichael, Al Flemming, and Don Nahley having lunch at the Fife and Drum, National Infantry Museum, Columbus, Georgia

This is the first time Don, Al and I have  eaten there.  We enjoyed it a lot.  All three of us agreed the food was excellent; we will be back, and we’ll bring friends and family. 

Maj. Gen. (ret) Jerry White, Fife and Drum Restaurant, National Infantry Museum, Columbus, Georgia

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry White, Chuck Walls, Fort Benning Deputy Garrison Commander, and Sam Friedman, Atlanta real estate developer, Fife and Drum Restaurant, National Infantry Museum, Columbus, Georgia

Sitting at the table next to us  were Maj. Gen (Ret) Jerry White and two of his associates.  Gen. White, who heads up the museum,  has been concerned lately because, as he told me, “Nobody’s coming.”  He said that on one night, if one prominent Columbus family hadn’t come to the IMAX theater, no one would have been there for the evening show.  He had to be feeling a little better about it Friday because there was a fairly large lunch crowd, and some people were taking in the IMAX. 

I had to wonder if opening just the front half was a good idea,  because the main attraction is going to be the exhibit area, and it’s not ready yet.  Maybe waiting until the whole thing opened on June 19th would have been best because the traffic, I am sure, is going to be much greater, and the restaurant and IMAX theater will probably do much better business then.

That being said,  I think you’ll enjoy a trip to the museum right now to enjoy fine dining in the Fife and Drum,  and to catch a movie at the Imax.  I’ve done both, and I can tell you it is worth a trip to South Columbus.  The food is good,  the ambiance is quality, and the IMAX theater is truly a fun experience, and you can shop in the gift store, and you can visit, at no charge, the OCS and Ranger halls of fame.

Besides, the museum needs the money.

Servers wear Revolutionary War style uniforms at the Fife and Drum Restaurant, National Infantry Museum, Columbus, Georgia

Ikyll Edmond, server, Fife and Drum Restaurant, National Infantry Museum, Columbus, Georgia

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One Response to “Fine Dining Returns to South Columbus”

  1. reggie Says:

    It was so good to see you all out there! Even though the rest of the galleries are not quite ready.. a portion of the revenue generated from the imax and the restaurant and the soldier store pay the bills so there will be no charge to get into the museum galleries once they are all opened. The National Infantry Museum rents the space from the National Infantry Foundation. The bills need to get paid now..so supporting the opened portion of the museum is very important!
    Don’t forget that the Fife and Drum also has a very nice bar area with drink specials and live entertainment on Friday nights.. Ya’ll come on out ..

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