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Grandview’s High Bank Distillery Opening Soon

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The wait is almost over to check out High Bank Distillery in Grandview Heights, Columbus’ first distillery to open with a restaurant and bar. With renovations finally nearing an end, co-owners Adam Hines and Jordan Helman said High Bank would host some soft openings next week before opening officially on Monday, June 4.

High Bank’s building at 1051 Goodale Blvd. offers 17,000 square feet and encompasses a lot. The bulk of it is production space, which, sitting behind 14-foot windows, will be visible to High Bank patrons. On the bar side, there’s enough seating for 200 guests, who have their choice of bar, booth, or patio. Though, with plenty of activities like shuffleboard, bubble hockey, foosball, life-size Jenga, and cornhole, standing and wandering is also an option.

Helman said the gaming element of High Bank’s concept fills a void in the Grandview area and appeals to the younger demographics settling into the neighborhood.

“I think what what we’ve built is unique, compared to everything else that’s over there,” he said, adding that he’s gotten to know Grandview well over the last three or four years, since opening Zest Juice Co there. “There are a lot of young people, young professionals, who are active and out and about a lot, so I think it’s going to be a great fit. The people, the community is really going to grab a hold of it.”

In the kitchen, chef Todd Goodwin (previously the executive chef at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center) is serving up a diverse, Ohio-sourced menu that includes snacks, sharables, salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Some dishes include barbecue chips and dip, carnitas nachos, spice rubbed carrots, a charcuterie board, pimento chicken, a veggie burger, pan roasted salmon, and spiced ahi tuna bowl. A few desserts — strawberry olio cake, pineapple split, and eggy doughnuts with High Bank bourbon cream and guajillo chocolate sauce — round out their offerings.

“He’s making everything from scratch. All of his meats he brings in from local farms and, for the most part, a lot of his vegetables,” Helman said. “We’re just impressed with his commitment to quality and farm-to-table… he’s just extremely creative as well.”

Several High Bank spirits will be available for tasting upon their opening, including their blended whiskey, vodka and gin.

For more information, visit highbankco.com.

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