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Smashburger Opens First Central Ohio Location in Gahanna

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Smashburger Opens First Central Ohio Location in Gahanna

In the gourmet burger world, there are only a few names really worth mentioning, and of them, Smashburger is near the top. Dubbed the fastest growing better burger chain in the country, and with branches nationwide, Smashburger has become synonymous with delicious, made-to-order burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, and shakes. And they’ve brought that winning formula […]

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Shanes Gourmet Adds Comedy to the Lineup

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Shanes Gourmet Adds Comedy to the Lineup

When Shanes Gourmet, the catering staple in downtown Columbus for over thirty years, introduced mystery dinner theater in 2011, the response was overwhelmingly positive. Partnered with Cloak & Dagger Dinner Theater, the longest running in Central Ohio, Shanes changed their image from purely a gourmet market to a viable entertainment venue. Building on that success, […]

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Refectory Recognized by Zagat and AAA as a Top National Restaurant

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Refectory Recognized by Zagat and AAA as a Top National Restaurant

If you love classic French cuisine updated with contemporary American elements, then you are a fan of The Refectory, the relaxed yet elegant establishment on Bethel Road that has long been a symbol of excellence, class and the delectable. Chef Richard Blondin, a Paul Bocuse-trained master, is still at the top of his game, consistently […]

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The Ohio Tap Room Set to Open in April

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson The Ohio Tap Room Set to Open in April

For those really into craft beers or Ohio-produced goods, the Ohio Tap Room brings together the two in a novel new venture: a retail store that sells only Ohio made brews including beer, mead, and soda. Brainchild of John and Stephanie Evans, the Ohio Tap Room is a way to celebrate the great products that […]

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Third & Hollywood Patio Coming This Summer

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Third & Hollywood Patio Coming This Summer

After much demand, popular eatery Third & Hollywood has announced that they will be introducing a new 35-person patio space at their Grandview location. The new area is designed to be intimate yet accessible, an extension of what has always been a trademark of the restaurant’s ambiance – a modern spin on old-world glamour geared […]

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Da Levee Reopening with a Bar Addition

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Da Levee Reopening with a Bar Addition

After weeks of questions, speculations, and twenty-hour days, Da Levee is having a soft re-opening tomorrow, Friday, February 15th, for their new and improved restaurant, this time complete with a bar. The promise has been great — artisanal beer, Hurricanes, and any other libation you might desire to accompany the cajun/creole fare Da Levee is […]

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Dinin’ and a Movie to Premiere this Saturday

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Dinin’ and a Movie to Premiere this Saturday

If there’s a reason to brave the cold temperatures this weekend, it’s Dinin’ and a Movie, a tradition updated by pairing together fresh, hip indie cinema with fresh, eclectic food truck fare. This Saturday, February 16th, food truck hub Dinin’ Hall will host the inaugural event at their Franklinton location. A benefit for the nonprofit […]

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