Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of October 15, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of October 15, 2018:


The Three-Legged Mare: Weekly Happy Hour Trivia

Wednesday, October 17 | Three-Legged Mare | 5:30-7:30 PM

Come have a nice cold drink, and play some trivia at The Mare every Wednesday from 5:30 – 7:30 PM! This buzzer-style trivia is sponsored by Magic Hat Brewing Company, so you can enjoy Magic Hat drafts & bottles will be $1.00 less than normal pricing! Come out to play – remember, it’s always free to play, and there are prizes for the winners!


Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Thursday, October 18 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets get to enjoy two Arena District home games this week, starting with a divisional matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday! Grab a few friends and catch the action live as the Jackets continue their hot start to the season.


Farmer’s Market on the Plaza

Thursday, October 18 | Nationwide Arena | 11 AM – 1:30 PM

Visit the plaza in front of Nationwide Arena this Thursday for the Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmers Market! Stop by this free weekly event and bring home delicious fruit, vegetables, honey and more–all fresh and locally produced.


Phil Collins at Nationwide Arena

Friday, October 19 | Nationwide Arena | 8 PM

Remember Phil Collins? The talented singer who delivered global smash hits like ‘In the Air Tonight’ and ‘Another Day in Paradise’ in the 1980s? Well, he’s still alive and kicking, and he’s proving it when he brings his Not Dead Yet, Live! tour to Nationwide Arena this Friday. Watch this living legend perform recognizable favorites alongside his 16-year-old son Nicolas on drums, longtime guitarist Daryl Stuermer and more.


Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Saturday, October 20 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Can’t make the Thursday game (or trying to continue the streak)? The Blue Jackets return to Nationwide Arena on Saturday to face off against the lean, mean Chicago Blackhawks. Don’t miss the clash of these two storied Midwest teams.



Brews, Boo’z, and Books Charity Book Drive

Saturday, October 20 | Big Bang | 6:30-8:00 PM

This Saturday is Big Bang Columbus’ Second Annual Brews, Boo’z, and Books Charity Drive! Bring children’s books to donate to the Nationwide Children’s Foundation – Reach Out and Read Program for discounted admission. This event will feature all your favorite local brews and delicious whiskeys and bourbons for one incredible evening. Guests will enjoy a one on one tasting event and mixology class, all while drinking for a great cause!  This event is 21+, admission details here.


Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon

Sunday, October 21 | North Bank Park | 7:30 AM

With its crisp breeze and scenic landscape, there’s no better time than fall to run a race–the Columbus Marathon and Half-Marathon, to be exact. Since partnering with Nationwide Children’s Hospital seven years ago, the marathon has raised $7 million for the organization. Whether you’re looking to participate in the race this Sunday or simply donate your time or money, this is a fun way to get involved with a great cause!

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Arena Crossing Apartments | Clifton C Floor Plan

Arena Crossing Apartments is located minutes away from the top entertaining and food destinations in downtown Columbus. If you’re looking to get the best city experience possible, then living here is a no-brainer.

The Clifton C floor plan at Arena Crossing Apartments features everything you need and more! This 1-bed, 1-bathroom features a charming layout, modern finishes, closet washer/dryer and amazing views of the Arena District.

Schedule a tour of Arena Crossing Apartment’s Clifton C unit today!


Contest of the Week

HighBall Halloween 2018 | Short North Arts District | October 26-27

Want to win tickets to one of the country’s most elaborate Halloween costume parties? Head over to the Arena District Living Facebook page for a chance to attend HighBall Halloween 2018 in downtown Columbus!

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Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of October 1, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of October 1, 2018:

Columbus Blue Jackets Plaza Party

Friday, October 5 | Nationwide Arena | 3 PM

Kick off the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 2018-19 season in style! This Friday– before they take on the Carolina Hurricanes in their home opener–the team is inviting fans to be part of their Opening Night Plaza Party, presented by Nationwide.

Held at the plaza in front of Nationwide Arena, the afternoon’s main event –  a “blue carpet” arrival of the Blue Jackets, and the opportunity to welcome your favorite players as they prepare to face the Carolina Hurricanes!

Other highlights of this free event (tickets to the game are not required to attend) include music, food, drinks, games, prizes, live radio/TV broadcasts and more. Don’t miss it!

Still don’t have tickets for the home opener? Don’t worry, you can be a part of the 5th line on opening night! Click here to get tickets now.


NF – Perception Tour at EXPRESS LIVE!

Tuesday, October 2 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6:30 PM

Treat your ears to the unique musical stylings of hip-hop artist NF as he performs songs from his critically acclaimed third album, Perception, tomorrow night at EXPRESS LIVE!’s outdoor stage. Known for his highly emotional rap tunes, NF fans are guaranteed to enjoy this evening of hot fire.

The Revivalists at EXPRESS LIVE!

Wednesday, October 3 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

If hip-hop isn’t your style, EXPRESS LIVE! is hosting 7-piece rock band The Revivalists this Wednesday. Hailing from New Orleans, The Revivalists’ music has been described as “a Crescent City-rhythm spin on jam-band jubilee”. The night will surely to be music to your ears!


Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at EXPRESS LIVE!

Thursday, October 4 | EXPRESS LIVE! 7 PM

Three nights, three diverse live music acts in downtown Columbus! On Thursday, folk, Americana and vintage R&B will be on full display as Denver-based Nathaniel Ratliff & The Night Sweats perform their long list of hits on the outdoor stage at EXPRESS LIVE!


Watch the Blue Jackets Season Opener at R Bar

Thursday, October 4 | R Bar | 6:30 PM

Where are you watching the Columbus Blue Jackets season opener? At home? At a friend’s house? How about at a bar in the Arena District with former Blue Jackets players? That’s right, on Thursday, R Bar will be hosting CBJ alumni Fredrik Modin and Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre for a special watch party! Enjoy drink specials, giveaways, and the company of former NHL stars as you watch the Jackets take on the Red Wings.


Farmer’s Market on the Plaza

Thursday, October 4 | Nationwide Arena | 11 AM – 1:30 PM

Visit the plaza in front of Nationwide Arena this Thursday for the Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmers Market! Stop by this free weekly event and bring home delicious fruit, vegetables, honey and more–all fresh and locally produced.


Apartment Highlight

Arena Crossing Apartments | The Madison

Make home where the action is! Located in the heart of Columbus’ Arena District, Arena Crossing is the perfect apartment building for luxurious downtown living.

The Madison at Arena Crossing is a 1,153 square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom floor plan featuring a view-laden private balcony or terrace, modern appliances and beautiful hardwood flooring. Residents also receive access to the amenities of Arena Crossing–including a private parking garage, rooftop pool, Resident VIP membership and much more.

Schedule a tour of Arena Crossing’s Madison unit today!


Contest of the Week

HighBall Halloween 2018 | Short North Arts District | October 26-27

Want to win tickets to one of the country’s most elaborate Halloween costume parties? Head over to the Arena District Living Facebook page for a chance to attend HighBall Halloween 2018 in downtown Columbus!

Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of September 24, 2018

Find fun things to do in the downtown Columbus Arena District for the week of September 24, 2018.



There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of September 24, 2018:

Farmer’s Market on the Plaza

Thursday, September 27 | Arena District | 11 AM – 1:30 PM

Finding fresh Ohio grown fruits and vegetables is easier than you think. Each Thursday visit Battelle plaza outside of Nationwide Arena for the Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmers Market! Stop by this free weekly event and bring home delicious fruit, vegetables, honey and more–all fresh and locally produced.

Columbus Blue Jackets Last Preseason Home Game

Friday, September 28 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Hey, 5th line—will you be there this Friday for CBJ’s last home preseason game? The Columbus Blue Jackets face the Pittsburgh Penguinsat Nationwide Arena on Friday at 7 PM.. Coming off back-to-back winning seasons, the team is hoping to raise the bar even higher in their 2018-19 season. Join your fellow CBJ fans and grab a drink before the game at your favorite Arena District restaurant.

Want in on the action all season long? Visit BlueJackets.com for all the big games this season including Opening Night and matchups against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals and more.

Cautious Clay Concert

Saturday, September 29 | A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

Cautious Clay, the talented Cleveland-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter, is bringing his unique blend of pop, soul and electronica to A&R Music Bar in the downtown Columbus Arena District this Saturday.

PurpleStride Columbus 

PurpleStride–one of the largest sources of funding for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network–will be hosting their 2018 Columbus walk this Sunday at McFerson Commons . Participate and become part of a vibrant network of survivors, impacted families, researchers and advocates committed to finding a cure for this deadly disease.

Sunday, September 30 | McFerson Commons | 10 AM

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats on Vine | Napa Floor Plan

Live within walking distance of the action. Located in the heart of Columbus’ Arena District, Flats on Vine is the perfect place to call home and enjoy a downtown urban lifestyle.

Move-in ready, the Napa floor plan features hardwood flooring, floor-to-ceiling window options, an island kitchen with ample storage space, a large walk-in master closet, spacious bathroom with built-in shelving and his/her sinks and much more.

Schedule a tour of this 724 square-foot, 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment unit today!

Contest of the Week

Express Live | Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats | October 4th

Enter to win two free tickets to see Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats at Express Live, October 4th at 7pm. Head over to the Arena District Living Facebook page for a chance to win something fun!


Tourism officials headed to Chicago to promote Columbus
Original Article By Marla Matzer Rose | The Columbus Dispatch

Experience Columbus officials will travel to Chicago over the next few days to attend the annual meeting of the American Society of Association Executives. The group, whose members belong to other organizations that plan meetings around the country, will come to Columbus for the first time in 2019. It’s considered a big win for Columbus that could bring more than half a billion dollars in visitor spending to Columbus over the next several years.

The tourism professionals at Experience Columbus focus on getting people to come here.

This weekend, they’re taking their show on the road to Chicago. Joined by about 30 civic and business leaders, their plan is to promote Columbus to members of the American Society of Association Executives. The group, which is holding its annual meeting in the Windy City, represents key decision-makers on convention destinations.

The group will hold its annual meeting in Columbus next year, and the local contingent hopes to get an early start on making an impression.

Brian Ross, CEO of Experience Columbus, has called landing the meeting “a game-changer for our community.”

Next year, more than 5,000 attendees will fill 16,800 hotel rooms around Downtown Columbus, generating more than $16 million in direct visitor spending.

But there’s much more to be gained.

The association executives’ annual meeting is known as the Super Bowl of meetings because, if a city is found to have a lot going for it, it could land meetings and conventions for that will fill halls and hotel rooms for years to come.

Within just five years, Columbus could reap an estimated $500 million in future association-meeting business booked by ASAE members who like what they see in a city that hadn’t made an impression before.

“This brings so much credibility and awareness to our city,” Ross said.

The list of those traveling to Chicago includes Mayor Andrew J. Ginther; Columbus Councilman Shannon Hardin; all three Franklin County commissioners; Tom Katzenmeyer of the Greater Columbus Arts Council; Steve Lyons of the Columbus Partnership; Doug Ulman of Pelotonia; and Chris Coffin, general manager of the Hilton Columbus Downtown.

Most will be on hand Tuesday when Columbus hosts the Chicago event’s final-day luncheon and officially is “passed the baton” as next year’s ASAE meeting host.

It took a year of planning and investment to land the meeting of association executives, an effort that started in 2015.

In January 2016, the group’s president and CEO, John H. Graham, and two other ASAE representatives came to Columbus for a 24-hour site visit that included a helicopter tour of Downtown with Ginther.

The group’s leaders cited strong public-private support in Columbus, and the city’s revitalized Downtown, as among the key attractions that led to the decision to hold the 2019 meeting here.

Ross said that with Columbus taking center stage in front of officials of top hotel chains, tourism powerhouses such as Disney and other convention bureaus, the awareness of the city and its attractions will be spotlighted to those who matter most.

Firsthand experiences and word of mouth can have a greater impact than traditional advertising and marketing.

“You can’t buy that kind of PR,” Ross said.

But while it can’t be bought, it isn’t free.

Columbus has committed to raising $4 million ahead of the association group’s 2019 meeting to help defray costs. It also will be on the hunt for volunteers as it approaches central Ohio companies and organizations about donating to the cause.

Worthington Industries is one local company that has long been committed to boosting the profile of Columbus. Cathy Lyttle, vice president of communications and investor relations for the company, became chairwoman of the Experience Columbus board last year and will make the trip to Chicago.

“We feel it’s our corporate responsibility to support organizations like Experience Columbus because they’re selling our city,” Lyttle said. “We know that growing conventions and tourism strengthens our economy. It supports infrastructure, our social services, and enhances quality of life.”

Lyttle said she believes that bringing in meetings and visitors definitely has an impact on economic development.

“I do think we’ve attracted new companies (to central Ohio) by raising the profile of the city,” she said. “Profile and image definitely mean something.”

And Lyttle said some groups already are considering Columbus more seriously because the association group has put it in the rotation with cities such as Toronto, Las Vegas and Chicago.

The next few days will be a whirlwind of meetings, entertaining and handshakes. Then the planning for 2019 will resume back at Experience Columbus’ Arena District offices.

What’s Around: Dog-Friendly Places in Columbus

When you’re living in a downtown Columbus apartment with a dog, finding fun places to take them for some fresh air and social interaction is a must for making them happier and healthier.

Fortunately, there are tons of great dog-friendly parks and patios for you and your furry friend to explore and enjoy. Who knows? You might even end up making some new friends along the way!

In our latest installment of What’s Around – a series from Columbus Downtown Apartments that gives residents a look at the various shopping, culture and entertainment options available in their backyard – we explore some of the best dog-friendly places in Columbus

1.Graeter’s Ice Cream

When the sun is beating down, you and your furry friend can both indulge in a frozen treat from Graeter’s! This popular, Ohio-based ice cream parlor offers dog-friendly scoops and spacious outdoor seating. Columbus locations also participate in Graeter’s Dog’s Night Out–a summer event that includes free frosty doggie treats on the 1st Thursday of every month.


2. Columbus Downtown Dog Park

Columbus Downtown Dog Park is a fenced-in, off-leash park that offers lots of space for dogs to stretch their legs and play. Conveniently located next to the Arena District, on the corner of Spring and Fourth, this is the park of choice for many dog-owning residents of downtown Columbus apartments.


3. Gresso’s 

At Gresso’s, bringing your four-legged companion along for an al fresco dining experience isn’t just allowed, it’s wholly encouraged! This lively sports bar prides themselves on having the #1 dog-friendly patio in Columbus. Enjoy their classic bar food or endless drink specials, without feeling guilty that your pup is missing you at home.


4. Brown Bag Deli

Take your dog on a lunch date! The Brown Bag Deli, located in Columbus’ Historic German Village, has a dog-friendly patio that is sure to make your furry friend’s tag wag. Order one of their many signature sandwiches, homemade soups or delicious salads while enjoying the company of your dog.


5. Kingmakers

If you aren’t already familiar, Kingmakers is a board game parlor that allows you to play all sorts of games with your friends, while also enjoying delicious snacks and drinks. The best part is – they’re dog-friendly! So, grab your furry friend and head to this unique Columbus hot spot to get your game on.


6. Tail Wags Playground

A frequently asked question of dog-owning apartment residents new to Columbus is: where do I walk my dog in the winter? Enter Tail Wags Playground: Columbus’ first indoor dog park! This unique dog park features more than 5,000 square feet of space for your dog to roam free, a lounge with free Wi-Fi and coffee and fun, dog-friendly events. It should be noted, however, that Tail Wags is a member-based dog park with specific requirements for joining.


Have any other favorite dog-friendly hot spots in Columbus? Share your recommendations in the comments below!

Moving from a Columbus Apartment to a Condominium

Thinking about making the transition from a downtown Columbus apartment to a condominium? Skyrocketing demand for housing, combined with limited inventory in downtown Columbus, is making it harder than ever for apartment residents to make the jump.

Luckily, we have the inside scoop on available luxury condominiums in downtown Columbus and Grandview Heights.

If you want to make the move from leaser to owner without giving up the downtown lifestyle, walkability and commute–here are a couple great options to consider.

Parks Edge 

If you’re considering upgrading to a condo from Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine, Flats II or any other apartment complex in downtown Columbus, then Parks Edge could be the perfect fit for you.

Located in Columbus’ Arena District, Parks Edge residents are within walking distance to some of the city’s most desirable hotspots–including sports, concert and event destinations like Nationwide Arena, Huntington Park and the Greater Columbus Convention Center, as well as a myriad of great bars, restaurants and coffee shops.

Seasonal events in downtown Columbus are also in luxuriously close proximity to Parks Edge–for example, residents can watch the Red, White and Boom fireworks display and festivities right from their condo balcony.

Condo units feature breathtaking views of the Columbus skyline and Scioto River, while also offering world-class comforts and amenities. A starting price of $465K also includes a 15-year, 100% property tax abatement. In other words, residents don’t have to pay a dime in property tax for 15 years!


828 at the Yard 

Fall in love with Grandview Heights after living in Grandview Yard apartments? Now’s your chance to own property in one of Columbus’ most sought-after neighborhoods.

Situated just northwest of downtown Columbus, 828 at the Yard is a brand-new, high-end condominium development located within Grandview Yard. It’s a perfect solution for people that appreciate the quiet comforts of the suburbs, while also wanting quick and easy access to the city.

In addition to green courtyards and tree-lined streets, unique local events–including craft brew festival Grandview Digfest, cycling championship Tour de Grandview and summertime sidewalk market Grandview Hop–can be found right outside the door of 828.

Residents are within walking distance to popular local stores–such as Grandview Mercantile and Edgework Creative–to shop and decorate their condo, as well as trendy bars, restaurants and event spaces–such as Hofbrauhaus Bier Hall and The Grand Event Center.

828 at the Yard residents also enjoy full access to Yard Club–a one-of-a-kind amenity building and clubhouse featuring perks like a large outdoor patio, year-round spa, resort-style pool and hot tub, state-of-the-art fitness center, community room and much more.

A starting price of $425K also includes a 15-year, 50% property tax abatement–effectively slashing your property taxes in half for more than decade.


(614) Restaurant Week

One of the most anticipated weeks of summer is back, (614) Restaurant Week! If you’re a major Columbus foodie or just looking to try something new—we highly recommend dining out the week of July 23 – July 28! During (614) Restaurant week you can enjoy 3-course meals that vary in price from $15-$40 at over 120 of Columbus’s best restaurants. Many Arena District and Grandview Yard restaurants are participating this year—keep reading to see what’s on the menu at some of our favorite Downtown Columbus Restaurants!

Planning to share photos of your delicious meals on Instagram? Make sure you use #EAT614. For each Restaurant Week photo tagged, $1 will be donated to Columbus Humane!

The Half Pint – $25

First Course – Choose 1
  • Pretzels
    • Fried Pretzel Sticks + Honey Butter + House Cheese Sauce + Whole Grain Honey Mustard
  • Cheese Curds
    •  White Cheddar Cheese Curds + Beer Batter + Chives + Sriracha Ranch
Second Course – Choose 1
  • Pulled Chicken Tacos
    • House Marinated Pulled Chicken + 3 Flour Tortillas + House Salsa + Chili Lime Crema + Pickled Onions + Cilantro
  • Smoked Gouda Burger
    • Signature Burger or House Made Black Bean Burger + Smoked Gouda + Arugula + Sauteed Mushrooms + Red Wine Caramelized Onions + Horseradish Garlic Mayo + Brioche Bun
  • Blackened Boursin Chicken Sandwich
    • Blackened Grilled Chicken + Boursin Cheese + Peppadew Peppers + Mixed Greens + Applewood Smoked Bacon + Brioche Bun
Dessert – Choose 1
  • Summer Berry Cake
    • Yellow Cake + Macerated Berries + Fresh Whipped Cream + Powdered Sugar
  • Actual Brewing Co Beer
    • Choose one of our current line-up of Actual Brewing Co. beers on tap!

Nada – $20

First Course – Choose one
  • Ensalada Nada
    • sweet corn, avocado, tomato, pickled red onion, pepitas, chipotle pineapple vinaigrette, cotija, baby kale
  • Chilli-Glazed Crispy Potatoes
    • scallion and crema
  • Gazpacho
    • beefsteak tomato, piquillo pepper, croutons, greek yogurt, avocado, cucumber corn salsa
  • nada’s Mac n’ Cheese
    • roasted poblano, jalapeno, garlic breadcrumb *chef style- add kreeper*
Second Course – Choose one
  • Carne Asada Taco (3 per order)
    • grilled skirt steak, charred tomato salsa, chihuahua, crema
  • Baja Fish Tacos (3 per order)
    • beer battered hake, guacamole, lime cabbage, pico de gallo
  • Carmelized Cauliflower Taco (3 per order)
    • confit garlic goat cheese, cotija, fresno pepper, marcona almond
  • Chicken Al Cardon Taco (3 per order)
    • black bean puree, pico de gallo, guacamole, chihuahua cheese
  • Mexico City Pastor (3 per order)
    • chili marinated pork, onion, cilantro, pickled pineapple
Third Course – Choose one
  • G.F Doughnuts
    • doughnut
  • Sorbet/Gelato
    • small batch
  • Peach Cobbler
    • ancho spice, vanilla gelato

Rodizio – $30

Course One – choose one
    • Consisting of Polenta with Parmesan, Brazilian Cheese Bread, and Glazed Bananas
Course Two – choose one
    • Over 50 items with Brazilian favorites
Course Three – choose one
    • Featuring our BBQ Fest menu with BBQ Ribs, BBQ Brisket, Top Sirloin, Chicken, Pork, Ham, Grilled Pineapple and much more. All 100% Gluten Free!

Teds Montana Grill – $25

First Course – Choose One
  • House Salad
    • iceberg, romaine, organic spring mix, cucumber, vine-ripened tomato, croutons, red onion
  • Caesar Salad
    • romaine, parmesan, croutons, “eggless” caesar dressing
  • Karen’s “Flying-D” Bison Chili
Second Course – Choose One
  • Cedar Plank Salmon
    • garlic mashed potatoes, parmesan roasted broccoli, horseradish sauce
  • Bison Short Ribs
    • slow-braised, garlic mashed potatoes, buttered carrots
  • Certified Angus Beef New York Strip
    • bison avilable for +6. choice of sides
Third Course – Choose One
  • Cookie and Ice Cream
    • Wildberry Cheesecake

Hofbrauhaus – $25

Course 1 – Choose 1

  • Haus Salad
    • Hofbrauhaus salad mix, red onions, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet corn, homemade seasoned pretzel croutons, served with house cucumber dressing
  • Bratwurst Chili
    • Our homemade semi-spicy chili
Course 2 – Choose 1
  • Braised Pork Shank
    • Our classic pork shank is hand-seasoned, oven-seared, and slow braised for hours. Served with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut.
  • Kassler Rippchen
    • Smoked pork chops served with spatzle and bier cheese and hot spiced applesauce
  • Munchen Sampler
    • A sampling of grilled wurst and crispy fried jagerschnitzel served with German potato salad and sauerkraut.
Dessert – Choose 1
  • Bavarian Cream Puff
    • Flaky puff pastry filled with homemade cream and lightly dusted with powdered sugar.
  • Boston Cream Puff
    • Imagine a fresh filled boston cream donut … but even better!


There are also a number of restaurants participating in the Grandview area: Aab India, The Avenue Steak Tavern, Balboa, Figlio Wood-Fired Pizza, Palle by Moretti, Matt the Miller’s Tavern, Spagio and Vino Vino!


Where are you planning to dine during (614) Restaurant Week?

Columbus Downtown Bucket List: July/August 2018 Edition

Looking for things to do in downtown Columbus this summer? Many people enjoy making an event bucket list to help them get the most out of the season. Whether it’s a baseball game, outdoor concert, food and drink tasting or a family-friendly festival–there’s no shortage of things to do in Columbus in July and early August. To help make residents aware of the most popular activities in the city, we put together a summer 2018 Columbus Downtown Bucket List. Check off as many as you can!

1. Visit the Farmer’s Market on the Plaza

Every Thursday this summer from 11 AM-1:30 PM, come out to the plaza in front of Nationwide Arena for the Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmer’s Market. Here you’ll find fresh fruit, vegetables, honey and more. The mix of fresh food will change each week as the season progresses, so you’ll find new things to try with every visit!

2. Watch an Outdoor Rock Concert at EXPRESS LIVE! 

Did you know that EXPRESS LIVE! was the first indoor and outdoor concert venue in America? This summer EXPRESS LIVE! has a lineup of music from some of the biggest names in a variety of genres. Here are a few of the groups taking the stage at EXPRESS LIVE! in Columbus this July and August. Click on each one to purchase tickets to their concert.

Coheed and Cambria & Taking Back Sunday | July 23

Brit Floyd Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Dark Side | July 27

All Time Low & Dashboard Confessional | August 9

311 & Gym Class Heroes | August 16

3. Catch A Baseball Game at Huntington Park

When the weather is great, there’s few better things to do in Columbus than attend a Columbus Clippers baseball game at Huntington Park, the 2018 Best of the Ballparks winner. While the AAA team is in the midst of a winning season, fans also come out for the numerous promotional nights that feature discounted food and drink, prize giveaways, entertainment and much more.

Family-friendly crowd favorites during summer 2018 include Sugardale Dime-A-Dog nights on Mondays, Kids Eat Free nights on Wednesdays, seats in the all-you-can-eat Wendy’s Hamburger Balcony and the LEGO Let’s Play Tour Weekend from July 20-22.

Click here to purchase tickets to a 2018 Columbus Clippers baseball game.




4. Monthly Seasonal Craft Bier Keg Tapping

Come enjoy Hofbräuhaus’s newest Craft Bier every month on the first Tuesday at 7PM at their Keg tapping event. Their brewed-in-house bier and their authentic German cuisine will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to Munich, Germany!

5. Attend the 2018 Jazz & Rib Fest 

One of the most highly anticipated summer events in downtown Columbus, the Jazz & Rib Fest–held Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 along the Scioto Mile–gives jazz and rib aficionados the finest in both music and BBQ.

Now in its 39th year, this free, family-friendly event–hosted by the Columbus Recreation & Parks Department­–features hot food, cool jazz and much more. Don’t miss this great celebration of summer in Columbus!

6. Explore Grandview Heights at the Grandview Hop

On August 28, the Columbus neighborhood of Grandview Heights will be hosting a summertime sidewalk market, Grandview Hop, from 5-9 PM. The family-friendly stroll takes place on Grandview Avenue between 1st and 5th Avenues, and features live music, local shopping, art, food and more. This is a great opportunity to explore one of Columbus’ most popular areas!

7. Watch a movie at NightLight 614

Looking for a fun low-key night? Head outdoors to watch a movie at NightLight 614! This ongoing event for the 21+ crowd takes place in the summer and features some of your favorite movies under the stars. Indulge in some of Columbus’s best food trucks and craft beer and wine while you relax and enjoying the show! Check out what’s coming to the big screen and get your tickets.

8. Play Kickball at McFerson Commons

The Arena District Kickball League–organized by the Arena District Athletic Club–will be starting its 2018 season on August 6, which means dozens of players will descend on McFerson Commons for weekly games. Whether you’re playing competitively or just for fun, there’s an opportunity to get involved, meet new people and stay active. Get some friends, coworkers or neighbors together and register your team by July 20!

9. Plan a Night out on the Pedal Wagon

The best way to experience the city of Columbus? With friends on a Pedal Wagon cruising through the Arena District and the Short North! The ride starts in the Arena District and allows for you and up to 15 riders to enjoy an adult beverage as you pedal your way down the streets of Columbus. The ride takes 2-3 hours and you’ll have the opportunity to stop into a few bars and restaurants along the way. Book your adventure today!

10. Chow down at the Columbus Food Truck Festival

Head down to the Scioto Mile on August 17 and 18 for the 8th Annual Columbus Food Truck Festival! This scrumptious event is free to attend and features 2 stages with live music and over 50 of Columbus’s best food trucks serving up a wide variety of food!

What else is on your 2018 Columbus Downtown Summer Bucket List? Share your favorite upcoming events in the comments below!

4 Downtown Columbus Apartment Models Get A Makeover

Looking for the best apartments in downtown Columbus? Whether you’re searching in the Arena District or Grandview Heights, it’s best to get an idea of what your potential new place looks like by touring a model of the apartment.

By touring a Columbus apartment model, residents-to-be not only visually see the size and layout of each room, but also get stunning (and affordable) apartment décor suggestions to help maximize their space.

Recently, four of the best Columbus apartments–Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine, Flats II and Apartments at the Yard: Manchester–had their models’ décor completely redone by Value City Furniture’s top interior designers.

Take a look at each apartment model before and after their new Value City Furniture facelift and learn a few great tips for getting the most out of your next new space from the designers themselves.

And for a limited time, when you tour a model at one of these four downtown Columbus apartments, you’ll receive a 10% off coupon to Value City Furniture to help replicate the look in your own space!


Arena Crossing | Arena District | Columbus, Ohio





Value City Furniture Designer Tip #1: Use Space Cleverly

Interior designer Ricky Gonzalez suggests maximizing your space with bookshelves, tables or ottomans with hidden storage, and furniture customized to your needs. He also recommends adding flair to your walls with art or lighting, so you don’t lose valuable square footage. Mirrors are especially great for apartments because they add depth and make the room look bigger.



Flats on Vine | Arena District | Columbus, Ohio





Value City Furniture Designer Tip #2: Create Zones

Interior designer Ammie Elliott-Revelle thinks it’s best to make apartment spaces multi-functional. If you work, sleep, relax and eat in the same room, designate space for each activity by creating “zones”. A two-way bookshelf or well-placed table and chair can help separate spaces. Rugs are particularly great for defining areas, as they naturally organize and blend the space.



Flats II | Arena District | Columbus, Ohio





Value City Furniture Designer Tip #3: Remember to Edit

According to interior designer Jeff Blasi, you don’t have to display everything you own. If you don’t adore it, or you don’t need it, get rid of it. This leaves room for a great statement or focal piece. While it may seem strange, styling an apartment with just a few large-scale pieces–rather than a ton of mini furnishings–can actually make your room feel more spacious.



Apartments at the Yard: Manchester | Grandview Heights, Ohio

The Manchester at Grandview Yard Apartments is the newest of the group, so there is no before. Take a look at this professionally designed Grandview Heights apartment model unit:


Value City Furniture Designer Tip #4: Make Every Piece Count

Interior designer Bethany Stimely suggests choosing furnishings that offer maximum functionality–like recliners and storage ottomans. If your apartment has recessed nooks, use that corner for storage. If you can find the right-sized desk or dresser, the nook will transform from waste of space to ultimate storage solution!


Guide to Father’s Day 2018 in Columbus

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and Columbus is bound to be abuzz with dads and their families taking advantage of everything happening around town. From ball games to craft beer festivals, Columbus Downtown Apartments has the scoop on all the best Father’s Day weekend activities in the city.

If you’re still looking for a Father’s Day gift or experience in Columbus, we’ve got you covered! Here are our top local recommendations.


Grandview Digfest | Saturday, June 16 | 4-10:30 PM | Grandview Yard

Got a dad who’s crazy about Columbus? This Father’s Day weekend, take him out to Grandview Digfest–a festival celebrating local craft brewers, distilleries, food vendors and much more. Conveniently held within walking distance from Apartments at the Yard, this family-friendly (dogs included!) Columbus event is free to attend and features local live music and fun activities for dad to enjoy.

Click here to purchase pre-sale drink ticket bundles to Digfest 2018.


Columbus Clippers Game | June 15-17 | 7:15 PM (Fri/Sat), 2:05 PM (Sun) | Huntington Park

For the baseball-loving dad in your life, there are three chances to treat him to a Columbus Clippers game at Huntington Field during Father’s Day weekend!

On Friday, June 15, there will be live music before the game in the Right Field Plaza, and 14 oz. draft beers (both craft and domestic) and select wines for just $5 all game long. On Saturday, June 16, dads can enjoy live music before the game and fireworks afterwards. And on Sunday, June 17, Jake “The Diamond Dog” will entertain the entire family with spectacular tricks in between innings!

If you want to give dad a bit more during the Columbus game, head on over to the Clippers Cargo Shop inside the stadium and buy him a fun graphic tee from Homage–also available online.

Click here to purchase Columbus Clippers tickets during Father’s Day weekend 2018.


Picnic with the Pops | Saturday, June 16 | 8 PM | Columbus Commons

Picnic with the Pops, presented by Nationwide, is a great chance to take your music-loving dad to see today’s most popular entertainers performing with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. On the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend 2018, the hit 70s and 80s group, Little River Band, will play during a casual outdoor evening performance.

Pack a picnic basket, head down to the Columbus Commons–located just south of the Arena District in downtown Columbus–and treat dad to a Father’s Day experience he’ll never forget!

Click here to purchase tickets to Columbus Symphony Picnic with the Pops featuring Little River Band.


Columbus Zoo & Aquarium | Sunday, June 17 | 9 AM – 7 PM | Columbus Zoo

On a beautiful Sunday in Columbus, there aren’t many outdoor activities that can beat the beautiful Columbus Zoo. To honor Father’s Day 2018, the zoo is offering free admission to all dads and grandpas with paid admission for kids or grandkids!

This is a great opportunity to bring the entire family out for some quality animal and nature appreciation–including a look at the recently hatched Humbolt penguin chicks, new Asian small-clawed otter pups and a baby silver-leafed langur.

Click here to learn more about Father’s Day at the Columbus Zoo.