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Frezno Bar and Grille Coming Soon to the Brewery District

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Serial restaurant entrepreneurs Kevin and Lori Ames are going back to their roots. Having closed or sold recent ventures including Cafe Lola, Cinco, and Burgers Dogs & Fries, the duo is now working toward opening Frezno Bar and Grille in the Brewery District this Spring as a throwback to their original Frezno restaurant in the Short North (located where Union Cafe currently resides).

“Frezno was a gourmet pizza pasta concept with a very diverse menu and crowd,” explains Kevin. “We opened it in 1994 and sold it in 2003, along with Dagwoodz and The Press Grille.”

The new restaurant will feature elements of all three of those original Short North eateries including many menu items from Frezno, the loungy characteristics of Press Grille, and the Sunday brunch of Dagwoodz, which will include gingerbread pancakes, homemade sausage and gravy, and patio space to consume your fill of mimosas and bloody mary’s.

“We will also serve appetizers like voodoo shrimp and mussels, Ohio City pieroghies sauteed in brown butter and prociutto, braised short ribs over creamy polenta,” adds Kevin. “There will be a large emphasis on Ohio food, beer, and wine.”

Frezno Bar and Grille will be located in the former Hagen’s Ale & Tee at 460 South Front Street. The restaurant will be able to seat approximately 70 guests in the main dining area, another 45 to 50 in the bar and lounge, and another 70 guests across two patio spaces.

“The footprint of the place is perfect for us,” says Kevin. “The proximity to German Village is great and the opening of Shadowbox, World of Beer, Double Happiness, McCaskey’s, and the soon to open White Rabbit all cater mostly to the 25 and older crowd.”

Kevin and Lori Ames are planning on opening Frezno Bar and Grille on May 14th. Their days and hours of operation will be Tuesday-Saturday 4pm to close, Sunday 9:30am to 4pm, and closed on Mondays.

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9 Responses to Frezno Bar and Grille Coming Soon to the Brewery District

  1. pixiecrinkle March 19, 2013 3:19 pm at 3:19 pm

    Please please please bring back the chocolate chip foccacia French toast from Dagwoodz. Pretty please.

  2. the_gila
    the_gila March 19, 2013 3:28 pm at 3:28 pm

    As someone who works in the building next door, I can’t wait for this to open! That space has been empty too long.

  3. zp945
    zp945 March 19, 2013 3:32 pm at 3:32 pm

    I thought this was where White Rabbit was going. Cool to see so much activity coming back to the area. I’ve met Kevin and he’s a hard working restaurant veteran. I wish them well.

  4. tolemac5050
    tolemac5050 March 19, 2013 3:51 pm at 3:51 pm

    White Rabbit will be just to the west of this, (originally Nunzio’s A Pasta House) and Frezno was originally Dom’s Seafood. (McClaskys was originally Pete’s Steakhouse), Edwards company owned and run by Viktor Baker

  5. FSonicSmith March 19, 2013 4:37 pm at 4:37 pm

    So tired of places opening with “Grill” or worse “Grille” in the name. I am told that if you are applying for a bank loan on a restaurant venture, placing “Grille” in the name increases the chances of being approved by 50%. It’s like picking judicial candidates based on proven names like “O’Neil” or “Smith”. The public unconsciously salivates as the idea of sizzling meat fat and unconsciously think that all judges with the same name share the same brain and ethics.

  6. billbix March 19, 2013 4:44 pm at 4:44 pm

    ^ At least they are not putting the menu in the name this time.

  7. zp945
    zp945 March 19, 2013 5:47 pm at 5:47 pm

    I am told that if you are applying for a bank loan on a restaurant venture, placing “Grille” in the name increases the chances of being approved by 50%.

    @FSonicSmith is that a joke? I can’t tell. No way it’s true, just didn’t know if you had actually heard that.

  8. jasonmclaughlin March 19, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm

    Be open on Sundays this time and I’m no expert but maybe you should have a sign this time around…? Bring back the bread & oil from Frezno 1 – (Everybody loves a little dippidy-do) You’ve been missed!

  9. scottlitch
    scottlitch May 15, 2013 5:41 pm at 5:41 pm

    I used to love their meatloaf.

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