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Restaurant Roundup: Expansions, Anniversaries and New Hours

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner Restaurant Roundup: Expansions, Anniversaries and New Hours

2015 has arrived, and with the new year comes a fresh batch of restaurant news from around the city. Dig in to what’s happening in Columbus: Short North taqueria Condado is adding brunch to their weekend menu. They’ll be open Saturdays and Sundays noon to 3 p.m., offering dishes like huevos rancheros, sweet potato pork […]

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Donatos Black Brick Bar to Feature Craft Beer and Live Music

Walker Evans Walker Evans Donatos Black Brick Bar to Feature Craft Beer and Live Music

Last September, Elford Development submitted a proposal that called for the demolition and reconstruction of the Donatos building in the Short North. It was mentioned then that the new building would include a renovated and revamped Donatos restaurant, but last week the company unveiled more about the new concept. “We have an opportunity to build […]

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Bodega Sold to New Ownership

Walker Evans Walker Evans Bodega Sold to New Ownership

Short North bar Bodega has new ownership as of last week, though fans of the establishment should expect few changes to be made. Former co-owner Collin Castore informed us last night that he and his business partner Sang Lankhani have sold the bar to Brian Swanson last week. “I will continue to help with orders […]

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Renovation and New-Build Proposed for Corner of Oak and Wilson in Olde Towne East

Brent Warren Brent Warren Renovation and New-Build Proposed for Corner of Oak and Wilson in Olde Towne East

Plans have been presented to the Near East Area Commission to build a two-story, mixed-use building on a vacant lot at the southeast corner of Oak Street and Wilson Avenue. Before beginning the new construction, though, the developer plans to renovate the dilapidated building next door. Joel Simmons, CEO of the Gordon James Company, said […]

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Short North Bar Barrel On High Rebrands, Remodels

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner Short North Bar Barrel On High Rebrands, Remodels

Scott Ellsworth, owner of campus dive bar Too’s Spirits Under High, has taken over business at whiskey bar and restaurant Barrel 44, rebranding the inside and tweaking the name to Barrel on High. Ellsworth refers to Barrel on High as a grad school bar upgrade from Too’s. He kept the majority of staff that worked […]

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First Look: Forno Kitchen + Bar

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner First Look: Forno Kitchen + Bar

Forno Kitchen + Bar, located at 721 North High Street, has opened its doors. Sister restaurant of popular watering hole Short North Pint House, Forno’s food is cooked in a stone-fired oven (hence the name, which translates to ‘oven’ in Italian), with the menu including an array of pizzas, small plates, and and a heavily-stocked drink […]

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Restaurant Review: Hot Chicken Takeover

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Hot Chicken Takeover

A formal Columbus Underground Hot Chicken Takeover Review: it’s about cluckin’ time. Sure, HCT has been around for a while, but in a most disconcerting, unstable way. When it made its debut in 2014, prospective guests had to follow news briefs that detailed the weekend location and time of the chicken joint’s operation. Then, there was […]

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