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Fireproof Opens its Doors in Short North

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Serving up a menu of global tapas, Fireproof is now open in the Short North at 1026 N. High St.

Trading Pies & Pints for a menu of tapas, cocktails and wine, Adam Solomon, director of operations for Peerless Management, says Fireproof is designed to be the type of place where guests can spend their entire evening. He hopes diners will stop in early for a drink at the bar, enjoy their meal, then head back to the bar for a nightcap.

While tapas normally equates to Spanish cuisine, Fireproof wanted to broaden their small plates based menu to include dishes that everybody loves. Solomon says people aren’t people aren’t going to try new things if there isn’t anything familiar on the menu to draw them in.

“That’s allowing people to trust us and get them out of their box a little bit,” Solomon says.

It’s working. An early favorite has been the Grilled Spanish Octopus with orangecello vinaigrette and chives, which Solomon has seen many people try for the first time, then come back for more.

“It’s really refreshing to see people trying things,” he says.

Fireproof’s menu features tapas across five categories, including snacks, salads & soup, vegetable, seafood and meat. The menu is rounded out with two large format dishes: a 33 oz. Wagyu Tomahawk and a whole fried chicken.

Solomon says the menu is not only designed so that diners can come multiple times a week and have a different experience each time, but is ideal for the “I don’t know what I’m in the mood for” crowd.

The global influence extends to Fireproof’s beer, wine and cocktail menu.

The cocktail lineup includes riffs on classics, like a Prickly Pear Margarita, white and red sangrias and a smoked Spanish Old Fashioned, to more exotic drinks like the Shishito Pepper Caipirnha and Butterfly Tea Lemonade.

“The bar is a show and we want to make it a show,” Solomon says.

The wine list includes a number of Spanish wines by the bottle and the glass. On the beer side, it’s local brews with a mix of high-end global beers designed to match the food menu.

Fireproof opens at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The kitchen closes at 9 p.m. on Sunday, 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and stays open until midnight Thursday to Saturday.

For more information, visit fireproofcolumbus.com.

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