DIY ethic, timing build Velio’s area restaurant empire
By Denise Trowbridge
Dispatch Tuesday May 29, 2012 7:25 AM
Since 2008, Velio’s restaurant empire has expanded rapidly. In concert with various partners, he has opened Jimmy V’s restaurants in Dublin and Westerville. This summer, he will open one in Pataskala.He bought Otie’s in Hilliard and the Westerville Grille in Westerville, and he turned the former Whiskey Ranch in Gahanna into the FM All American Bar and Grille. He acquired the Burgers, Dogs and Fries restaurant in Upper Arlington last year, although it is now being run by a relative. And between 2009 and 2011, he invested about $400,000 to revamp the Michael’s Goody Boy in the Short North, a restaurant he’s owned since 2000.