The Columbus Commons park space officially opened to visitors in December, but the grand ceremony is being held off until the weather turns warmer in May. In the meantime, restaurateurs Kevin and Lori Ames are working around the clock on setting up their third Burgers, Dogs & Fries restaurant, which will be housed on site, within the park.
“We will be located in one of the two glass buildings on the south side of the park,” explained Owner Kevin Ames. “It’s a small space at only 650 square feet, but we’ll also have 300 outdoor seats.”
Customers will place their orders at outdoor walk-up windows and food runners will call numbers and/or bring food to tables when ready. Anyone already familiar with the nearby Burgers, Dogs & Fries at Broad & High will known what to expect of their menu.
“We’ll serve the full BDF menu including shakes and floats,” said Ames. “We’re also adding a line of chicken sandwiches and salads to the menus at all three locations.”
In addition to the new Burgers, Dogs & Fries, a Cup O Joe / MoJoe Lounge coffee shop will be opening in the Lazarus Building this spring, which faces out onto the park from High Street, The Columbus Brewing Company is opening a new restaurant within the Scioto Mile park just two blocks away, and additional retail and restaurant space is planned nearby for Wall Street as well.
Officials are confident that these new dining options will bring visitors to the new recreational spaces Downtown.
“Having a permanent food vendor will help draw even more people down,” said Amy Taylor, Chief Operating Officer of CDDC/Capitol South, which manages Columbus Commons. “We’ve seen similar café concepts have great success in other urban parks, like the Shake Shack in Madison Park.
“In addition to the Café, Columbus Commons will have free Wi-Fi, world-class Flowerbeds, an Outdoor Reading Room, a Children’s Carousel, and weekly programming opportunities to help bring the lunch crowd down to the park,” added Taylor.
The new Burgers, Dogs & Fries at Columbus Commons will open on May 1st and will operate seasonally from May through October. Their primary hours are 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday, but will also feature extended hours for special events.