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Over 45 New Restaurants Opened in 2013

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Gourmet burgers, gourmet grilled cheese, beer-centric bars and restaurant names that begin with “The” were all big trends in 2013, though the range of diversity in concept and location spanned far and wide. We tallied up nearly 50 new restaurants that opened this year ranging from brand new local concepts to new locations for successful businesses to far-flung chains that popped up here for the first time ever.

Join us on a quick stroll down memory lane as we recount all of the new restaurants, cafes, bistros and gastropubs that opened their doors to us in 2013:

Local Restaurants Expand to new Neighborhoods:

Many local restaurants opened new locations all over the city of Columbus and beyond in 2013. Rancho Alegre opened their third location in the Kingsdale shopping center in Upper Arlington. The Rusty Bucket Tavern expanded to Easton this year in the new Fenlon Square addition. Jeni’s Ice Creams also expanded to Easton Town Center this summer. Local Cantina expanded to Gahanna with a second location. The owners of The Wine Guy Bistro also opened up in Gahanna this year with Ciao Vino at Creekside. Whole Foods revamped their Lane Avenue store, and reopened to an improved grocery shopping experience as well as a more forward-facing dine in experience. Downtown’s Cinco fast-casual mexican concept opened up a second location in Dublin. And last but not least, Piada launched their eighth location at The Shops at Worthington Place.

Ohio Imports from Cleveland and Cincinnati:

2013 signaled a big year for Ohio-based restaurant concepts that expanded into the Columbus market to much fanfare and delight. Two of the biggest arrivals both landed in the Short North, with Melt Bar & Grilled from Cleveland (pictured up top), and Bakersfield from Cincinnati. Bakersfield owners also brought their Currito fast-casual mexican concept to the University District. And Cincinnati-based Fusian opened their third fast-casual sushi restaurant at the South Campus Gateway this year.

Competition Heats up The Short North:

2013 was a big year for new dining options in the Short North, with multiple high-profile openings throughout the year. Cameron Mitchell debuted his newest concept “The Pearl” back in the cold month of February to a warm reception and positive reviews (they’ve got a great brunch too). In March, Arch City Tavern opened up in the former Havana location at 862 High Street. Another month after that, The Pint House Beer Garden opened their open-roofed doors to the public. In June, the old Phillips Coney Island was reborn as Philco Bar + Diner (pictured) after receiving a loving upgrade from local restaurateurs Tina and Randy Corbin. Also, the long-awaited charcuterie and restaurant The Table got their business up and running in November.

A Big Year of Additions to Clintonville:

The Clintonville restaurant community saw many new additions and changes this year as well. One of the biggest newcomers to the scene was The Crest Gastropub on Indianola, which offered locals a new gathering spot with a great summer patio. The Wine Bistro opened up a Clintonville restaurant earlier this year on North High Street. Vegan and organic friendly restaurant Portia’s Cafe (pictured) opened up their doors back in April. Clintonville favorite Mozart’s Cafe relocated their bakery business from the south end of Clintonville up to the northern end of the neighborhood for a much bigger location. And the former KFC / Graffiti Burger location re-emerged as Talita’s, a blast-from-the-past mexican fast food joint that old time Columbus residents may remember as a Taco Bell competitor from the 80s.

Downtown Options Continue to Grow:

Office works and Downtown residents have had a good year for new restaurant in the core of the city. Immediately around Broad & High there have been some great new additions for the lunch crowd including mediterranean Grill & Grilled, the roll-your-own sushi stylings of Maki Go, the relocated peruvian menu of Sí Senor, and the breakfast-lovers menu at Superchef’s. That’s not to say that there aren’t some fancier new options for residents and visitors to Downtown. Chez du Bon (pictured) is the latest from Yavonne Sarber next to Columbus Commons, Wolfe’s Ridge has an impressive menu in addition to their house-brewed beers, and the Hills Market’s new Discovery District location has high quality food prepared to-go or dine-in for customers. For anyone interested in late-night options, don’t forget that Mikey’s Late Night Slice opened at Park Street this year, and Novak’s reopened their doors nearby as well.

South of Downtown Gains Multiple New Restaurants:

Multiple new restaurants opened just south of Downtown this year as well. The owners of Harvest Pizzeria expanded their German Village footprint with the opening of The Sycamore (another great brunch spot – pictured). Kitchen 231 also opened up in the former Video Central location on Livingston Avenue. Over in the Brewery District, restaurateurs Kevin & Lori Ames opened up two new restaurants Frezno and Jack Whitney’s. Fans of the closed Bakery Gingham cupcake shop were pleased to find a new fix with Kittie’s Cupcakes near Katzingers. And last but not least, the Kolache Republic opened up on South High Street as a new bakery and cafe serving both neighborhoods.

Grandview Area & 5xNW Becomes Testing Grounds for New Concepts:

Folks living in the Grandview Heights and Fifth by Northwest Neighborhoods saw a couple of new additions into the area this year. Charley’s Grilled Subs launched a fast-casual korean concept known as BiBiBop on Fifth Avenue. Winking Lizard opened up down the street on Fifth Avenue with a bustling new bar and restaurant for the neighborhood. The Red Hook Grill opened in the old 86 Bistro spot on Goodale. The former KFC location on Fifth Avenue was reborn as Greek Express, a new casual concept from a local family who owns several other greek restaurants. And Florida-based Miller’s Ale House opened nearby at the corner of Third and Olentangy as a large beer-centric sports bar and restaurant.

Miscellaneous Columbus Restaurant Openings:

This final batch of restaurants is no less important than the others, but they popped up in areas that didn’t see quite as much new restaurant action as the others grouped above. Daft Burger (pictured) opened their doors in Whitehall, offering their own take on the design-your-own-burger trend. Cafe International opened up in Old North Columbus in the former Blue Nile ethiopian restaurant location. A little further up High Street, Bossy Grrl’s Pin Up Joint opened their doors as a new cafe/bar/restaurant. The old Red Brick Inn in Merion Village was reborn recently as the Red Brick Tap & Grill. Denver-based Smashburger expanded to Central Ohio with a Gahanna location earlier this year. Dallas-based Which Wich also grew into the local market with their first store located in Hilliard. And last but not least, South of Lane opened as a new cafe and restaurant serving up customers in the heart of Upper Arlington.

What new restaurants did you most enjoy this year? Did we leave any out? Leave us a note in the comment section below if we missed anything new in 2013!

Photos by Mollie Lyman of www.fornixphotography.com.

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One Response to Over 45 New Restaurants Opened in 2013

  1. ggarcia December 27, 2013 6:10 pm at 6:10 pm

    Jack & Benny’s Diner at the corner of Hudson and High streets in Old North Columbus has opened their second Columbus location. The name is Jack & Benny’s Barnstormer Diner and is located at 2160 West Case Rd at the Ohio State University Airport. It opened November 11, 2013. Such an interesting little diner offering the same full menu and hours. 614-292-5699

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