Gastro pubs are trending right now – and with good reason. They offer customers the opportunity to enjoy gourmet cuisine in a casual atmosphere, the merging of two worlds that were always destined to co-exist. The Crest has truly taken this notion to heart, creating a space that not only combines food and ambiance, but old world and new, in a classic approach to the modern bar.
Upon entry, you’ll be immediately struck by the warmth of the decor, especially of the wood, which, if you close your eyes, may actually smell like rural Ohio – in its best version, of course. See, all the wooden beams and posts that are now part of the Crest’s main bar is repurposed from barns across Ohio. When asked why, owner Nic Heeter says they wanted to do something that would distinguish the spot, make it stand out in a myriad of gastro pubs.
“We want everybody to enjoy our food and drink,” Heeter shares. “So we’re putting in a quality bar to match the quality food”.
And the food promises to be outstanding. Chef Dustin Brafford, a Columbus native who has spent recent years cooking in the country of Lebanon, will be in charge of the kitchen, whose central focal point is a large, traditional, wood-fired oven from which will come everything from pizzas to “not quite mom’s” meatloaf. The Crest will also offer a kid-friendly menu with much-beloved items like Mac ‘n’ Cheese.
The bar will carry some sixty craft beers (for which they will strive to provide the appropriate glassware), and forty specialty cocktails. The staff is currently being trained by veteran mixologist Annie Williams, another Columbus native who’s gained popularity in the past couple years. She will bring her knowledge of not only correct libation creation, but of what will pair best with certain dishes on the menu.
“When we do open, our staff will be fully trained, and you can rely on them to make everyone happy,” Heeter swears with a knowing smile on his face. “We’re creating a comfortable environment… when you come, you’re going to want to stay, you’re going to want to return”.
The Crest hopes to be open by this Earth Day, April 27th, but acknolwedges that not all well-laid plans go according to script. All of the inspections are completed, the large patio is being furnished, and the last-minute details are being dealt with to facilitate a smooth opening. Heeter hopes it won’t be later than the first week of May, so to follow their progress, visit them at www.facebook.com/TheCrestGastropub. The Crest is located at 2855 Indianola Avenue.
Photo via The Crest Gastropub.