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Speaking of restaurant changes, I just got the latest Columbus Monthly. The issue features CM's choices for the 10 best new restaurants of 2011. There's no link to article at their website, but here are their 10 choices. The Hubbard Grille in the Short North was their top choice. The remaining nine are listed alphabetically:HUBBARD GRILLE793 N. High Street - Short North, Columbuswww.hubbardgrille.comBUCKEYE PHO ASIAN KITCHEN761 Bethel Road - Northwest Columbuswww.buckeyepho.comDE-NOVO BISTRO & BAR201 S. High Street - Downtown Columbuswww.denovobistro.comEXPLORERS CLUB1586 S. High Street - Merion Village, Columbuswww.explorersclubmv.comMARKET 6565 E. State Street - Downtown Columbuswww.marketsixtyfive.comMILESTONE 229229 Civic Center Drive - Downtown Columbuswww.milestone229.comMOJOE LOUNGE149 S. High Street - Downtown Columbuswww.mojoe-lounge.comRIVAGE ATLANTIQUE652 High Street - Worthingtonwww.rivageatlantique.comT. MURRAY'S BAR AND KITCHEN560 S. High Street - Brewery District, Columbuswww.tmurrays.comTWO FISH BISTRO721 N. High Street - Short North, Columbuswww.daeoh.com
De-Novo Bistro & Bar opened this month at 201 S. High Street. This new downtown restaurant is different in a few ways. First, it's an upscale lunch and dinner spot in an area of downtown that doesn't have many. There are plenty of grab-and-go lunch spots (the recently opened Cup O' Joe/MoJoe Lounge in the ground floor of The Lazarus Building is a half block north), but De-Novo is offering a sit-down lunch service, as well as extended dinner hours. Second, it's in one of the storefronts recently renovated across High Street from the new Columbus Commons park on the former City Center Mall site. Third, is that the restaurant owners already operate a successful suburban restaurant and jazz club. Fourth, and most interesting, is that after looking thoughout the entire city for a second restaurant venue location, they decided to locate downtown - and also live downtown as well.Below is a link to a review of De-Novo from Crave (a local food magazine) which looks at the new restaurant exterior, interior and menu. Crave Magazine: First Look: De-Novo
Dragonfly Neo-V, one of Columbus' most recognized and celebrated vegetarian restaurants, is undergoing some major changes. The owners Magdiale Wolmark and Cristin Austin have decided to close their restaurant at 247 King Avenue on January 1st in preparation to reopen as a new restaurant - Till - in mid-January. The new restaurant, Till, will continue to focus on vegetarian and vegan dishes made from local and organic ingredients - although it won’t be an exclusively vegetarian menu.In addition to the launch of Till, the former On The Fly space located next door will reopen as Glaze, a small bakery that features artisanal donuts made from organic ingredients. More information can be found online at http://tillfare.com.Below are some links to local media reports about Dragonfly Neo-V turning into Till:Columbus Underground: Dragonfly Neo-V Closing in January, Reopening as TillNothing Better to Do (Vegetarian Dining Blog): Dragonfly changesThe Columbus Vegan Meetup Group: Dragonfly Neo-V Open HouseColumbus Monthly: Dragonfly Neo-V changing to Till in January
89 Fish & Grill Opens DowntownBy: WalkerDo you still find yourself mourning the loss of R.J. Snappers in the Short North? Well, mourn no more. Restaurateur Richard Stopper is back in action with the new 89 Fish & Grill, located at 89 East Nationwide Boulevard in the former Michael OTooles space.READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/89-fish-grill-opens-downtown
Arena District site hopes 3rd time’s a charm after Lodge Bar, Big Woody’sAn experienced hand in restaurant-clubs is bringing one to the Arena District.Shahriar Kazemi, who has run the Arlington Entertainment Complex on West Henderson Road since the early 1990s, is taking over the former home of the Lodge Bar and Big Woody’s at 165 Vine St.He intends to develop a place – nameless, so far – that will combine dining, bar service and entertainment – a mix similar to the Arlington Entertainment Complex. More below:http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2012/02/24/arena-district-site-hopes-3rd-times-a.html
i'm sure not complaining, but man there is just an insane craze for burger joints everywhere these days -- what a trend.
^ That's actually the fourth bar/entertainment type venue at 165 W. Vine Street. The first - and most successful - was the Brickyard. A clever reference to the building previously being the showroom for Hamilton Parker, a local brick and tile company. Hamilton Parker used to have an operational brickyard across Vine Street from this building that closed down after the Arena District development started.After the Brickyard had a run of nearly 10 years, these series of operations - that are trying to draw from the nearby Park Street college bar crowd - took over.
Then the place that came after it was one of those joints with a small girls-only raised dance floor that played a lot of Journey, Def Leppard and Whitesnake.