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Two Fish Closes to Make Way for New Restaurant Concept

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Two Fish Closes to Make Way for New Restaurant ConceptPhotos by Walker Evans.
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Dinner and a show comes in many forms in this city. In the Short North, the idea is realized in any number of versions, from burgers and scantily dressed servers, to drinks and High Street people-watching.

This fall, a new interpretation will be born. The as-yet-unnamed restaurant going in at 721 North High Street, former site of Two Fish Bistro and Red Bar & Sushi, promises to deliver on both fronts.

The principal draw of the spot will be the custom-made stone oven that will be installed in the middle of the joint. The wall between Two Fish and Red will be knocked down, and the bar extended all round, so the oven will truly be the star of its own special show.

From it, diners will be able to enjoy Neopolitan-style pizzas, stone-fired appetizers, like bruschetta, and sizzling entrées with shrimp and Gerber chicken. Starters will be priced around $9, while the authentic pizzas will run closer to $20.

The cost belies the high quality of ingredients that the owners, who also own popular Short North watering hole, Pint House, insist on using: San Marzano tomatoes, zero-grade flour, buffalo mozzarella – all ingredients necessary to be Neopolitan-certified.

And in keeping with the Italian-tinged theme of the restaurant, there will also be a selected wine list for every taste, and freshly-made cocktails with local ingredients. Craft and bottled beers will also be available.

The Dae-Oh Restaurant Group has had various restaurant concepts at both corners of Buttles Avenue and North High Street over the last several years. The former Black Olive space at the northern corner was sold last year, and is now Bakersfield Restaurant.

This new restaurant hopes to do what hasn’t really been accomplished at this spot in some time: create a space that offers not just good food and drink, but a communal atmosphere that’s as much entertainment as nourishment.

“One thing every big city has is a really great pizza place,” shares Reed Woogerd, Manager at Pint House. “We thought this would be an opportunity to offer great pizza, a high-end atmosphere, cool, fresh food, and the feeling of eating together, not just being out to dinner.”


The building that houses this new restaurant will also be seeing some action on the upper floors. Developer Mike Schiff told CU in May that the residential units in the building would be renovated this year with construction planned to begin soon.

This new open-kitchen restaurant hopes to open this Fall. They will serve lunch and dinner every day of the week. There is no website or facebook page yet, but check back for regular updates.

For ongoing discussion on this new restaurant, CLICK HERE to visit our Messageboard.

Edit: 6/25 10pm – Article updated to add more clarification about the overall restaurant concept.

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