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First Look: Balboa

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The Grandview Avenue strip is getting another new restaurant this week with the opening of Balboa. Located at 1312 Grandview Avenue in the former Shoku space, Balboa is bringing food and drink from Southern California to Central Ohio with a hip cantina-style restaurant and large outdoor patio that is likely to be a popular destination in […]

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First Look: Vernacular Opens in Worthington

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Local boutique Vernacular is expanding to Old Worthington, with their new store opening at 661 North High Street. Fans of the Grandview location will find a similar mix of women’s clothing, accessories, home decor items, gifts and jewelry in the new shop. Owners Chelsea Cabot and Kris Koniezcko have been working toward opening inside the former Zettler […]

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First Look: Brewcadia

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Brewcadia is the newest arcade bar in Columbus, which will officially open its doors next week. The new Downtown bar is located directly above Barley’s Brewing Company at 467 North High Street, and is operated by the same parent company. The new arcade features a lot of classic games including Cruisin’ USA, Asteroids, Space Invaders, Gaunlet […]

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First Look: The Avenue Steak Tavern in Grandview Heights

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner First Look: The Avenue Steak Tavern in Grandview Heights

Cameron Mitchell’s latest concept — The Avenue Steak Tavern — is on the cusp of completion. The 1307 Grandview Avenue restaurant will open it’s doors next Monday, February 1st. The 4,850 square-foot restaurant, a former Panera Bread, seats 100 in the dining room, 35 at the bar, and an additional 24 on the street-facing sidewalk patio. […]

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First Look: Paulie Gee’s Pizzeria Opens in Short North

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner First Look: Paulie Gee’s Pizzeria Opens in Short North

Paulie Gee’s Short North pizzeria has officially opened their doors today at 1195 North High Street. Construction of the Brooklyn-based restaurant began last August, culminating in a soft opening several days ago. The menu is more condensed than the Brooklyn Paulie Gee’s, but still offers a wide selection of pizzas. “I’ll really be focusing on the […]

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First Look: Lomonico’s on Gay Street

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It’s been over a full calendar year since we first heard about Lomonico’s opening a Downtown location, and almost a full calendar year since the planned opening date. Owner Craig Lomonico told Columbus Underground last year that he originally wanted to be open in November of 2014. Despite the delays, Lomonico’s has officially opened. A […]

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First Look: Salt & Pine Approaches Downtown Opening

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner First Look: Salt & Pine Approaches Downtown Opening

Columbus restauranteur Chris Crader, the mind behind Harvest Pizzeria, Harvest Kitchen+Bar and The Sycamore, is on the cusp of opening a new Downtown restaurant. Salt & Pine will open soon as a full-service restaurant, coffee/liquor bar, and grab-and-go store. “I think the only way I can define it is to call it chef-driven cuisine,” said […]

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