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First Look: The Woodbury

Susan Post Susan Post First Look: The WoodburyThe Woodbury is now open on Town Street Downtown - All photos by Susan Post
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The wait is over for The Woodbury. The Downtown urban diner opened its doors at 215 E. Town St. in mid-December.

The 4,750 square foot eatery occupies the ground floor of the 223 E. Town St. project, with developer Bluestone Brothers serving as owner, and Olde Towne Partners the concept developers and operators.

Initially announced in late 2017, little has changed from the original vision for the concept.

“We wanted to be somewhere where you could get breakfast all day and be a social place at night,” says Brad Hobbs, managing partner of OTP who are also known for their other Central Ohio eateries, including The Olde Towne Tavern, Corner Stone Craft Beer & Wine, The Walrus, Pecan Penny’s and Duck Donuts.

The Woodbury’s menu features diner classics with a twist – and a dose of Asian influence. The entire menu, from French Toast Casserole to Kimchi Meatloaf, is available from 10 a.m. until the kitchen closes at 1 a.m.

Chicken Hotcake Tacos with toasted peppered pancakes, crispy fried chicken, chili aioli, strawberry salsa and Ohio maple syrup

Diners will find dishes like the Deep Fried PB & J, Brisket + Biscuits & Gravy, Nachos, Crab Rangoon Dip, Patty Melt, Bulgogi and more, and watch them being made from the open-concept kitchen.

There are beer, wine and spirits, too, with a happy hour that runs from 4 – 7 p.m. and offers half off drafts, $1 off wines and wells and half-price nachos. For the early crowd, there’s a side coffee bar offering coffee, espresso drinks and pastries that opens at 6 a.m. and keeps the caffeine flowing until 5 p.m.

The brunch-all-day-menu, late night hours and location cater to crowds on a 9-5 to a non-traditional schedule. The Woodbury is near Franklin University and Grant Medical Center. Hobbs says ample metered parking has also helped them pull crowds from Olde Towne East and Bexley.

The Woodbury will celebrate its official grand opening on Friday, January 17. The restaurant is open daily from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m., with the kitchen closing at 1 a.m. Coffee shop hours are 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information, visit woodburycbus.com.

Thit Kho Thom Hash with pork belly, pineapple and maple sweet potatoes topped with a sunny side egg
Garage doors rise for open air dining in the warmer months
Seating at The Woodbury
Seating at The Woodbury
Another seating area for patrons
The bar and booth area look into the open concept kitchen
The bar and booth area look into the open concept kitchen
A look into the kitchen from the bar
Passersby can peek into the prep kitchen
The Woodbury’s Coffee Bar has a separate entrance
The Woodbury is now open at 215 E. Town St.
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