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Centered on the main stretch of High Street north of downtown Columbus and extending just south of The Ohio State University’s campus, the Short North experienced street-level crime and gang violence as affluent Columbus residents followed the economic bubble into the suburbs during the 1960s and ’70s. Its rebirth began when art galleries began to open there in the ’80s. Most of its buildings date back to at least the early 20th century, with traditional storefronts along High and apartment buildings, row houses and condominium developments in the surrounding blocks.

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

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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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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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Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s The Great One a Hockey Musical Everyone (Even Sports Fans) Will Enjoy

 Lisa Much Theatre Review: Short North Stage’s The Great One a Hockey Musical Everyone (Even Sports Fans) Will Enjoy

When I first heard about Short North Stage’s original musical The Great One, a hockey musical, I felt bemused. Sports and theater do not typically jive well together; or, really, sports fan and theater patrons believe they do not. As a person who knows very little about sports, I developed a keen sense of curiosity […]

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First Look: The Guild House Debuts

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner First Look: The Guild House Debuts

Cameron Mitchell has brought his third concept to the Short North. The Guild House, at 624 N. High Street, sits right across the street from sister restaurants The Pearl and Marcella’s, within the new Le Meridien The Joseph hotel. Chuck Kline, VP of Operations, describes the Guild House as the “polished sister to the Pearl.”  […]

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The Guild House Opens in The Short North

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The Le Meridien Columbus The Joseph hotel has delayed its opening by a few days, but the hotel’s restaurant is still on track for launch today. The Guild House is the 12th local concept developed Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, and the company’s third restaurant located in the Short North. “During the past 22 years, we’ve introduced several […]

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