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Up Front in Cbus | February 5-19

Valentine’s Day in Columbus

Valentine’s Day Experiences

With Valentine’s Day coming up, there are several romantic (and socially-distant) experiences for couples to enjoy in Columbus. If you’re still thinking of ways to impress your Valentine this year, here are a few local gift options:


Valentine’s Day Sweets + Eats

Don’t wait until the last minute to make your Valentine’s Day plans! Whether you’re treating your partner, friends or yourself, here is a list of eateries offering savory specials for the holiday everyone will love.

  • Winans Chocolates + Coffee + Wines
    • You can pre-order Winans chocolate-covered strawberries through February 7, Valentine’s Day drinks are also available, and of course they have plenty of chocolate, wine, and gifts for your Valentine!
  • Brekkie Shack
    • Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday, which is every brunch lover’s dream! Treat your valentine to something savory and sweet at Brekkie Shack.
  • Ted’s Montana Grill
    • Ted’s will be celebrating Valentine’s Day weekend with extended hours of operation and special Chef’s Features. Don’t want to dine out? The Arena District restaurant will feature a Valentine’s Day Butcher Box available for purchase here
  • Rodizio Grill
    • Rodizio’s limited number of Valentine’s Day tables are filling up fast. Don’t wait until the last minute. Reserve your table today for a fine, romantic Brazilian-style dinner.
  • Hofbrauhaus Columbus
    • Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day menu inspired by the flavors of Germany! Hofbrauhaus offers carryout, as well as growlers and crowlers to go. Reserve now.
    • Hofbrauhaus is on the Columbus Ale Trail! Pick up a map at any participating brewery and start your journey discovering the best brews in Cbus.


Columbus Living

Why do residents Love living in Columbus?

Well for starters, when you live in the Arena District and Grandview Yard, you are granted special access to a Resident VIP Program. Upon move-in, residents receive a VIP card which unlocks access to nearly 30 VIP offerings and discounts. 

Adding to the excitement, Fried Chicka Bang is now offering Arena District and Grandview Yard residents 10% off their order Wednesday through Sunday. Hofbrauhaus Columbus is also offering a VIP resident night—with the first one starting February 18—featuring $10 off of $30 when you show your VIP card. 

Explore more benefits of luxury living and virtually tour a downtown Columbus apartment on the Apartments at the Yard and Arena District Living YouTube pages. 

Decorate Your Apartment for Valentine’s Day

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by decorating your apartment in lovey-dovey fashion! Surprise your partner by making a heart out of red & white balloons (or anything really), incorporate plants and flowers throughout the home or make a Valentine gallery wall! Click here to read more ways to decorate your apartment for Valentine’s Day.  


Food & Drink

Make Boston’s Your Game Day Destination

If you need a place to watch the big game with friends, look no further than Boston’s in the Arena District. This neighborhood sports bar is known for their delicious pizza, a full bar, friendly staff, and of course plenty of TV’s to catch the action live. 

Ted’s Montana Grill Now on DoorDash!

Wishing you could enjoy a fresh and juicy bison burger from the comfort of your couch? Ted’s Montana Grill is now officially on DoorDash! Get ultra-tasty, one-of-a-kind meals delivered straight from this popular Arena District restaurant, right to your door. Click HERE to order now.



Let’s Go Blue Jackets!

Don’t miss the Columbus Blue Jackets action during their 20th season on the ice. The 2021 schedule and TV broadcast information can be found HERE. While Nationwide Arena remains closed to spectators during the game, you can still recreate the game-day experience by watching at a neighborhood bar, ordering carryout or delivery from an Arena District restaurant

Columbus Crew SC

The very first seats were just installed in the Columbus Crew SC’s new Downtown Stadium! There may be snow on the ground now, but it will be worth the wait to experience a Crew game in the Arena District, a premiere sports entertainment destination. Visit for the latest stadium updates, renderings, Crew SC news, and a construction cam.

Cannon Blasts: A championship for Columbus

Article originally published on The Cannon by Pale Dragon

On Saturday night, the Columbus Crew won their second MLS Cup with a 3-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders. A championship is always a special moment, but this was something out of a Hollywood screenplay. Just over three years ago, it was announced that the team would be relocated to Austin, Texas. Two years ago, new ownership took over which would keep the Crew where they belong, right here in Columbus. Next summer, a gorgeous new stadium will open up in the Arena District, meaning this game was the final playoff game in Mapfre Stadium, the first pro soccer specific stadium in the US.

Many Blue Jackets players were posting their support before, during, and after the game. Elvis Merzlikins even managed to score one of the few tickets to the game:

Riley Nash, meanwhile, was like the rest of us who were watching from home:

I have to agree with the team’s official account here. We’re all very proud of what the Crew accomplished.

The week that was

The NHL is getting closer to starting the 2020-21 season, with word that the league and the players had agreed not to amend the CBA signed this summer. Now they have to figure out what special rules will apply to the season, including roster sizes and playoff format. The dates to start are not set, but it’s being widely reported that training camps will start between December 28 and January 1, with the season starting by January 13. We’re just two weeks from that camp start date for the seven non-bubble teams so hopefully an official announcement is coming soon.

The other bit of news from last week was the rumored realignment of the divisions. This realignment is necessary due to the border restrictions between the US and Canada. Rachel wrote about the divisions here. If I may quote myself from the comments, here is how I see the Blue Jackets faring in this temporary Central Division:

Within that set of four, I see the Jackets as slightly behind Carolina, slightly ahead of Nashville, and a step or two ahead of Florida. So, over 8 games each:

3-5 or 4-4 vs. Carolina

5-3 or 4-4 vs. Nashville

5-3 or 6-2 vs. Florida

Probably 1-7 or 2-6 against Tampa. 6-2 against Minnesota and Chicago. 7-1 against Detroit.

34-22, so somewhere from 68-74ish points depending on how many OTL.

On the 31 Thoughts podcast, Eliotte Friedman said that Minnesota may be swapped out for either St. Louis or Dallas. Either would make the division more difficult, and take a few wins off of my projection.

Before that news came out, The Cannon Cast discussed some past and future Blue Jackets stars.

The Jackets 20 series went with an old and new player, one a captain and one a future captain. First, Will remembered Ray Whitney’s great 2002-03 season. Then, MrSwift13 reminisced about the trade that brought Seth Jones to Columbus. I did not remember how much I disliked the trade at first, but I am very glad to be wrong.

BurkusCircus52 wrote a fanpost with his alternate concepts for the Reverse Retro jersey.

Mark Scheig at The Hockey Writers spoke to Nick Foligno about his wife Janelle’s new children’s book.

Seth Jones and Zach Werenski both made the list of NHL Network’s Top 50 Players. Do you agree or disagree with their rankings?

Presented without comment

Play me out

Only one song to play after a Crew win:

Looking for gifts and events to keep you busy this holiday season?

Clippers Cash makes a great Holiday gift!

Use at Huntington Park at the Columbus Clippers Cargo Store to buy tickets, or concessions.

Available in $1, $2, $5 and $10. |Purchase online through the Cargo Store or call 614-462-2757.

CBJ Virtual 20K

Celebrate the 20 years of the Columbus Blue Jackets by participating in the OhioHealth CBJ Virtual 20K!

The Virtual OhioHealth CBJ 20K is open to all runners and walkers. The rules are simple and easy: Sign up and then run or walk 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) anywhere at anytime between January 11-30, 2021.

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Food & Drink

614 Restaurant Week Ends Saturday

Have you had a chance to enjoy (614) Restaurant Week? If not, there’s still time! This mass celebration of Columbus restaurants ends Saturday, and there are countless options to choose from—including Arena District’s own Rodizio Grill. For $30, enjoy an exclusive, three-course Brazilian-style meal filled with pure deliciousness. Call some friends, reserve your table and come hungry!

Celebrate the Last Weekend of Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus Columbus

This Friday and Saturday marks the last weekend for Hofbräuhaus Columbus’ annual Oktoberfest celebration! Much like last weekend, the event will feature great bier, tasty dishes and live, German-inspired music—all executed in a safe setting. Get this event on your calendar and enjoy this longstanding tradition.

Boston’s Resident VIP Offer Updated

Wonderful news for members of the Columbus Downtown Apartment Resident VIP programBoston’s Arena District has updated their offer to include 25% off your entire bill Monday through Friday, extending the applicable hours to 4-10 PM! With football season in full swing, there’s no better time to take advantage of this exclusive dine-in deal.


Columbus Living

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Pets Are A Part of the Family at Flats II

Looking for a new apartment for you and your furry friend? Flats II in the Arena District just re-leashed (see what we did there) an updated, more expansive pet policy! Not only will your companion enjoy great perks like nearby parks and green space, but you’ll have access to state-of-the-art amenities including Resident VIP perks, outdoor pool and spa, an athletic facility, valet dry cleaning and more. Click here to virtually explore the community.

Apartments at the Yard Offers A Little Something for Everyone

If you want to live in an apartment close to Columbus, without all the hustle and bustle, then Apartments at the Yard in Grandview Yard is your ideal option. The community’s Baldwin, Porter and Pullman buildings feature trendy interior design and are within walking distance of featured service and restaurant amenities. Check out this video for a glimpse into life at the Yard.

If you want to go a step further, the newly built, ultra-modern Kipton building is now accepting 2020 fall and winter applications for spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom flats—click here to take a virtual tour of the property.

Parks Edge North Accepting Contracts for Final Phase

Ready to buy brand-new condominium in Columbus? Primely located in the Arena District, close to the Scioto Mile and overlooking McFerson Commons Park, Parks Edge North is the third and final phase of Parks Edge condominiums—offering a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom condo units. In addition to featuring top-of-the-line amenities, Parks Edge North condominium owners are also eligible for a 15-year, 100% property tax abatement. Get a quick glance at construction progress on Facebook.


Mind & Body

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Get Your Fall Makeover at MY SALON Suite in Grandview Yard

The start of a new season signals it’s time to treat yourself! MY SALON Suite in Grandview Yard is your one-stop-shop for beauty—with talented stylists available for haircare, skincare, nails, massage, spa and more. Find a local professional and get yourself looking fresh for fall. Once you make an appointment, stop inside a nearby restaurant before or after—brunch, coffee, and wine are just steps away!

Arena District Athletic Club Accepting New Members

Need a new gym? The recently reopened Arena District Athletic Club is now accepting members! There’s no better time to join—with special month-to-month membership options and a variety of amenities for members, there’s more reason than ever to enjoy ADAC’s quality equipment, luxury locker rooms, personal trainers, social distanced equipment and open spacing for safe workouts.



Go Behind the Scenes in Columbus with the Live Further Live Podcast

If you want a more behind-the-scenes look at things to do and see in Columbus, then you’ll get a kick listening to Experience Columbus’ new Live Forward Live podcast. Recent episodes include stories on the Columbus Zoo, ideas for keeping kids entertained and spotlights on diverse members of the business community. Listen to the latest episode now!



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Flats II Apartments – offering the shortest commute to everywhere: Live at Flats II apartments and enjoy convenient access to I-670 and the city’s freeway system. Grab your sneakers or bike (or even rent one right outside your apartment) and head out on the trails that connect to the Olentangy bike trail system. Contact the leasing team at 614.225.1500, or send a quick email. Take a virtual stroll around Flats II Apartments HERE.

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Find peace of mind in the Arena District: When choosing a downtown Columbus apartment, you may also want to factor in what safety features your desired neighborhood offers. Find peace of mind when you live at Flats II apartments, located in the established Arena District. The Arena District neighborhood offers renters of Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine and Flats II apartments neighborhood perks including Nationwide bike patrol security and a well-kept neighborhood. In addition, all of the Arena District apartments offer controlled building access, 24-hour emergency maintenance aUp Front In Cbusnd secure parking options. Learn more about the neighborhood HERE.


Whether you are working from home or in the downtown area and need a quick meal on the go, Arena District restaurants offer a variety of options to fuel up at lunchtime:

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Order from Zoup’s menu of daily soup, salad, sandwich, and mac selections. The curbside carryout service is convenient for on the go!

The Arena District Jimmy John’s has an outdoor patio to enjoy your sub sandwich in the sunshine.

Start your mornings with a coffee boost and a sweet or savory breakfast from a locally owned shop:

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Brekkie Shack is a local favorite for delicious breakfast, lunch and brunch. The bakery case is always stocked with made-from-scratch delights!

Winans Grandview Yard has everything a coffee lover needs, plus specialty chocolates and wine!



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Arena District Athletic Club: The Arena District Athletic Club is open and accepting new members. The friendly club staff can help you reach your fitness and wellness goals. Members have access to all weight training, cardio, and fitness equipment which are spaced appropriately for social distancing measures. Head over to to join as a new member!

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Get outside: What a better way to clear your head than out on the water? Outdoor Pursuits is offering a professionally guided kayak paddle on the Scioto River next Saturday, September 5. Kick off your plans to get your kayak on by registering HERE. Arena District residents enjoy the benefit of living within a walkable distance of the Scioto Mile promenade and Bicentennial Park water feature. In addition to the proximity, Parks Edge residents have a spectacular view of the Columbus skyline and leisure activities along the riverfront.


How to Make the Most of Your Apartment Office Space

For many of us in Columbus and beyond, our apartment homes have become more than a place for relaxation—they have temporarily become an extension of the office. While working from your apartment offers many advantages, you’ll eventually learn that you can’t work from your bed too long and will want to assemble a home office space.

Finding the perfect space in your apartment for a home office can have you feeling more productive, happier and healthier than ever before. Follow these five tips to nail your apartment office space.


Apartment Office Location

Finding the best location is the most important step in creating your apartment office. No matter how big your place is, there will be at least some room you can designate as a workspace—you just have to be a little creative and make a little wiggle room to make it happen.

Sometimes, choosing a location like the living room can create more space and make the room feel open instead of cramped up in a bedroom corner or closet. To get the job done, take stock of the furniture in your room and rearrange things to create the needed space. Drawing the room out on paper can help make the planning process more precise.

If you’re finding that your current space is a little too cramped, consider searching for a 1-bedroom floorplan with a den. Dens are trending as a great solution for a standalone office space for those not utilizing it as a second bedroom. Single bedroom floor plans with a den are typically a little smaller than a two-bedroom plan and a little lighter on the pocketbook.

If you’re thinking about living in the Columbus area, be sure to check out these apartments that offer single bedroom floorplans with a den: Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine, Flats II, and Apartments at the Yard.

Bonus tip—If your apartment has a view of downtown Columbus, consider moving your desk near the window.


Start with the Must-Haves

Before you consider purchasing new office furniture, think about everything you will need and how you would use it. Home offices are great because you can design it your way and make it beautiful! Choosing the right desk, chair, shelves and storage should complement the furniture and décor you already have. Investing in a great desk chair can make those long hours you spend sitting at your desk more comfortable. Try browsing ergonomic chair options to see what works best for you.



One of the best parts about putting together your apartment office space is curating all the materials and accessories needed to make it complete. You can add personalized touches like a decorative bulletin board to keep track of all-important dates and information, vibrant coffee mugs, a pretty pencil holder, inspirational art or prints on the wall, etc.—anything that will have you feeling motivated, productive and empowered while working from home.


Don’t Forget What’s Behind You

If you’re working from home, there’s a good chance you use videoconferencing software like Zoom or Microsoft Teams to stay connected with clients and coworkers. How often have you been in a meeting and found yourself focused more on what was behind your boss than your boss themselves?

Messy, bland or embarrassing room scenery can make for a distracting videoconferencing experience, so make sure what’s behind you is neat and appropriate. Going further, you can even add artsy touches like wall prints or a bookshelf to make your video’s background the envy of your team. Most tools even allow for fun virtual backgrounds—like these from Experience Columbus. Knock your next meeting out of the park with this Arena District, Huntington Park inspired background.


Maintain Office Hours

Being at home, it’s important to maintain regular office hours if you want to maximize your time and productivity. While you may be able to work whenever you want for now, having a routine and fixed schedule can put you square into “work mode” and help you maintain a healthier work-life balance. With that being said, you might want to include a clock in your home office to keep track of time and help you stay focused.

While working from your apartment home office may not be as comfortable or attractive as working at the out-of-home office with your peers right down the hall, there are lots of opportunities to make the best of a temporary work from home order. Discovering what styles fits your taste and using your imagination to start setting up your workstation can turn it into something you can truly be proud of!

Are you looking for extra space or an apartment in downtown Columbus? Click here to find exactly what you’re looking for.

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 Food & Drink

Whistle and Keg

Whistle & Keg – You can now pair your craft beer with Tommy Dogs at Whistle & Keg. The revamped kitchen offers specialty hot dogs and a build your own dog menu, along with sides and sweets. Stop in to enjoy with a brew on the patio or place a delivery order to your home! Could these look any more delicious? View the new menu HERE.

Buca di Beppo

Buca Di Beppo: Want that fresh from the oven, fill your apartment with the smell of delicious Italian food, wine in your pj’s kind of vibe? Check out Buca Di Beppo Take and Bake options including Lasagna, Baked Ziti and Baked Rigatoni. Order HERE. Or, view the dine-in menu HERE for the full Buca Di Beppo experience. The outdoor patio is an inviting al fresco dining atmosphere. They also offer pre-made carry-out options if you prefer to pick up something hot and ready!

Hofbrauhaus Columbus

Hofbräuhaus Columbus Welcomes Pups on the Patio: The Hofbräuhaus Columbus Biergarten is a perfect spot to sip on a summer lager this weekend! Cheers to sunshine and great bier 🍻 🐶 Did you know you can bring your furry friends? You will enjoy the great menu appetizers while your pet enjoys homemade pretzel treat


My Salon Suite

Hair by Maria Bella Conway

MY SALON Suite – The local beauty professionals at MY SALON Suite Grandview Yard can help you get looking and feeling your best for fall and back to school. Hair and nails, skincare, and airbrush tanning services from the best stylists in Cbus can be booked HERE.

Club Pilates

Club Pilates: If you are looking for a new way to exercise and feel good about your body, try Pilates – it’s for everyone. The Grandview Yard Club Pilates studio is offering a 20% off special, you can reserve a membership for 20% off your first 3 months. You’ll be proud of what you can do! Book a free intro class HERE.

Arena Athletic

Arena District Athletic Club: The Arena District Athletic Club is a clean and modern gym conveniently located in the heart of the Arena District and features top-of the line equipment, top-notch personal trainers and a wide variety of fitness classes. The club has recently reopened to members and is currently offering a month to month plan at just $68/month. Join now and start working toward accomplishing your fitness goals HERE.



Kipton: Your. Best. Move. Apartments at the Yard, located in Grandview Heights, continues attract new and renewing renters. With an award-winning leasing team, urban conveniences and a suburban vibe – you get the best of both worlds. Plus, with 7 phases of apartment buildings that each have their own unique design elements, you’re sure to find a new home that compliments your personal taste and style.

Fall in love with the newest apartment addition to Grandview Yard, the Kipton. The leasing team at Grandview Yard is now accepting fall and winter applications for these brand new, beautiful apartments. Click HERE to contact the leasing team. View other offerings in Apartments at the Yard on the YouTube channel HERE.

Flats II Apartments:  Secure your apartment in the heart of downtown Columbus. The Arena District offers neighborhood patrolled security, secure building access and the power of proximity including access to I-670, McFerson Commons, The Scioto Mile, and countless dining and carryout options. If a beautiful, modern kitchen is what you crave, Flats II apartments offers modern interiors including granite countertops, kitchen backsplash, plank flooring, and modern lighting. Take a virtual tour of Flats II apartments HERE. Or, view all Arena District Living YouTube videos HERE!


Give the gift of music. Student instrument drive.

Gift of Music: Music is not only good for the soul, it is good for the community. PromoWest Productions is teaming up with the Columbus Music Commission in the #GiftofMusic instrument drive. From August 29-30 and September 5-6, you can donate any previously owned instruments to help the mission of bringing music to Columbus City Schools’ students. Learn more about this giving opportunity including over 10 no-contact, curbside drop-off locations HERE. There is one nearby at the Greater Columbus Convention Center!

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Columbus Blue Jackets postseason game schedule: What will come of the best of 7 series taking place at the Sciotabank Arena against the Tampa Bay Lightning? Stay tuned to see who will advance in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs:

  • Game 3: Saturday, August 15 7:30 PM
  • Game 4: Monday, August 17, 3:00 PM
  • Game 5: Wednesday, August 19, TBD
  • Game 6: Friday, August 21, TBD
  • Game 7: Saturday, August 22, TBD

What records have been made so far this playoff series?

  • Joonas Korpisalo holds the most stops in an NHL postseason game with 85 saves on Tuesday, August 11th.
  • Seth Jones set a new record with most time on the ice since recording started in the late 90’s with 65.06 minutes of play.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets v. Tampa Bay Lightning game that took place Tuesday August 11th is now the fourth longest game in NHL history!
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The Arena District Living leasing team put on their #ArenaDistrictGameFace this week to cheer on the Columbus Blue Jackets and head to one of their favorite celebratory spots. View the short video HERE.  Don’t forget to take your own selfie or video with hashtag #ArenaDistrictGameFace for your chance to win an Arena District restaurant gift card! Get the full contest details and a list of neighborhood game day specials HERE.


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Sunny Street Café: We can’t deny our love for these big golden waffles with fresh berries and blueberry compound butter. Check out all the yummy summer specials available now through Labor Day, HERE.

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Ted’s Montana Grill: Ted’s is now offering Truly Wild Berry! Pair this delicious seltzer with your favorite Bison Nachos and cheers to the weekend! View the menu HERE.

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Hofbräuhaus Columbus: BIG NEWS, Hofbräuhaus is now selling 128 oz. growlers, just in case of those extra-long, fifth overtime, games we saw this past week! Plus, when you wear your CBJ gear to Hofbräuhaus Columbus during the playoff game you can score a FREE pretzel and homemade Bier Cheese. View the menu HERE.

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Fall in love with the Kipton: The NEW Kipton apartments in Grandview Yard are now accepting reservations for fall and winter move-ins. Get more information or schedule a tour HERE.

Flats II Apartments:  Stop looking and start living. Flats II apartments not only offers designer apartment features including granite countertops, kitchen backsplash, plank flooring, and modern lighting. The location also provides downtown conveniences included proximity to CoGo bike stations, I-670, McFerson Commons, The Scioto Mile, and countless dining and carryout options. Contact the leasing team to set up a private tour, or virtual walkthrough HERE.

VOTE NOW!: If you have lived at Flats on Vine or Apartments at the Yard and had a positive living experience, make sure to vote for them in the 614 ColumBEST contest! Start HERE then under ‘Places’- ‘Best Apartment Complex, vote Flats on Vine or Grandview Yard!

Blue Jackets fans relish socially distanced watch parties

Originally published in The Columbus Dispatch by Allison Ward

The R Bar in the Arena District is hosting socially-distanced watch parties allowing Columbus Blue Jackets fans to gather together to cheer on their team, who is currently playing in a playoff-qualifying series against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto.

When announcers at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto introduced Leo Welsh as the national anthem singer at the start of the Columbus Blue Jackets game Thursday night, the R Bar back home in the Arena District erupted in unison.


That custom typically takes place before Welsh, the team’s anthem singer, performs “The Star-Spangled Banner” for home games at Nationwide Arena. Despite Thursday’s game happening 430 miles away in Toronto with no spectators in attendance — and Welsh performing the anthem via video conference from his home — fans at the bar wanted to feel like they were there.

Hearing the traditional “Leo” chant alone was worth the drive to the R Bar from Covington, Kentucky, said Jackets backers Justin and Sarah Farr. The couple traveled to Columbus from the Cincinnati suburb to participate in the R Bar’s watch parties for Game 3 on Thursday and Game 4 on Friday in the playoff-qualifying series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Jackets play the Leafs a final time Sunday in the best-of-five series to see who advances to the next round.

“Just to be with fans with similar interests is so nice,” Justin Farr, 33, said on Thursday. “Hearing that again brought some semblance of normalcy.”

On Thursday night, bartenders poured Stinger shots (tequila, blue curacao, Smirnoff Ice) named after the Blue Jackets mascot; heavy jerseys were the attire of choice despite the summer weather; and one fan even donned a festive blue wig, adding to the home-game vibe.

The Farrs also got to collectively groan with the socially distanced crowd when an early chance for a goal hit the cross bar. They had fellow CBJ fans to commiserate with every time Toronto found the back of the net to jump out to a 3-0 lead.

But being on the bar patio, just yards from Nationwide Arena, had to make it all the sweeter when their beloved team clawed back to win 4-3 in overtime and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. (On Friday, the Jackets dropped Game 4 to the Leafs, forcing another game.)

“I live for sports,” Justin Farr said. “These watch parties sort of make you feel like you’re there live.”

“It’s good to have hockey back in some way shape or form,” Sarah Farr added.

Normal is relative, though, these days.

For its watch parties, which started with Game 1 a week ago, R Bar is requiring reservations for its limited inside tables. Outside tables are spread 6 feet apart and are first-come, first-served. Parties of more than 10 aren’t allowed, and everyone must wear masks — those with Blue Jackets themes are encouraged — when not seated.

Fans are asked to remain seated whenever possible — no high-fives with nearby tables — and they can’t consume food or drink while standing. And due to recent restrictions, last call for alcohol happened at 9:45 p.m., before the third period even began.

The scene Thursday night was almost unrecognizable compared with the playoffs last year, R Bar general manager Rebecca Handy said.

“For a normal game, it would be a sea of people, shoulder to shoulder, wall to wall,” she said. “At max (now), we’re at a quarter of capacity.”

Still, she is grateful that anyone is showing up to their watch parties these days.

“It was a massive relief,” Handy said, adding that reservations have mostly sold out and outdoor seating filled up before the start of the past three games. “We were nervous and didn’t know if people would show up with everything going on.

“It’s nice to see that the Blue Jackets fans are as dedicated as they say they are.”

Thursday night marked the third evening this past week that Robb Beard came to the R Bar to cheer on his team.

“This is our hockey bar, our ‘home ice,’” said Beard, 55, of Pickerington, who sat at a table with his wife Tammy, 52, and her cousin, Kate Hoferkamp, 27.

The couple – him in a navy home jersey and her in one with forward Oliver Bjorkstrand’s name on it – have been itching for the season to resume.

“She’s been waiting months for this,” Robb Beard said.

“It’s awesome,” Tammy said.

The night out with a few friends was a welcome relief for fan Brandon Edwards, especially after months of staying in.

“For me, hockey has been my first foray back into civilization,” the 30-year-old Italian Village resident said. “It’s great to have a shared experience sitting with friends rather than at home texting about it.”

Edwards said he felt safe coming to the R Bar with the tables spread out and the mask requirements. His featured the Blue Jackets logo.

His group anticipated the bar would do last call during the third period so they got their last drinks early. The bar itself was able to stay open until the end of the game, despite it being after 11 p.m.

“We all had our normal life so abruptly stopped in so many facets — work and all the things, like sports, that distract us from work and life,” Edwards said. “Now, we’re not just coming back to the regular season, but to playoff hockey.”

And that’s reason to celebrate, as safely as possible.

Still, Jordan Mitchell, 26, commented how weird it was to be wearing jerseys with shorts in August. She and three girlfriends relished the opportunity to have a bit of “atmosphere” for the big game.

“I spent months watching every replay on Fox Sports Ohio,” Mitchell said. “It sounds silly, but to have live hockey back, I feel whole again.”

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**Contest** Share your Arena District Game Face: Throughout the playoffs, the Arena District wants you to share your favorite game day moments, including seasons past and present!

#ArenaDistrictGameFace Photos: Share your favorite Blue Jackets gear (home décor, lucky puck, autographed ticket, etc.), dig up an old photo from a past season’s Opening Night, take a selfie watching CBJ at home, or show them your very best game face on social media with hashtag #ArenaDistrictGameFace and tag @ArenaDistrict. They’ll be reposting some of their favorites, and a few lucky winners will be rewarded with an Arena District restaurant gift card! Get the full contest details HERE.

Back in the Bubble: It has been great to have hockey back no matter where we are watching! View the playoff game schedule HERE. Also, if you haven’t already, there is still time to grab your CBJ Postseason fan pack HERE.


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Gift of Music: Music is not only good for the soul, it is good for the community. PromoWest Productions is teaming up with the Columbus Music Commission in the #GiftofMusic instrument drive. From August 29-30 and September 5-6, you can donate any previously owned instruments to help the mission of bringing music to Columbus City Schools’ students.

“It’s not only music. It’s not only art. It’s a community. It’s a sense of having a place to belong.” – Jared Leto

Learn more about this giving opportunity including over 10 no-contact, curbside drop-off locations HERE. There is one nearby at the Greater Columbus Convention Center!


Up Front In Cbus | 8.7 – 8.13

Take and bake (at home): Want that fresh from the oven, fill your apartment with the smell of delicious Italian food, wine in your pj’s kind of vibe? Check out Buca Di Beppo’s Take and Bake options including Lasagna, Baked Ziti and Baked Rigatoni. Order HERE. Or, view the dine-in menu HERE for the full Buca Di Beppo experience.  The outdoor patio is an inviting al fresco dining atmosphere.

Up Front In Cbus | 8.7 – 8.13

Zoup: Zoup has rolled out delicious summer menu items perfect for a weekday lunch break or picnic at a nearby park! The Arena District location offers easy curbside carryout and online ordering. Get your Zoup on, HERE.

Read HERE to get the scoop on where to eat, drink, and watch the Jackets safely over the weekend, including carry-out food and drink options if you prefer to watch from home.

Up Front In Cbus | 8.7 – 8.13

Club Pilates: If you are looking for a new way to exercise and feel good about your body, try Pilates – it’s for everyone. The Grandview Yard Club Pilates studio is offering a 20% off special, you can reserve a membership for 20% off your first 3 months. You’ll be proud of what you can do! Book a free intro class HERE.


Up Front In Cbus | 8.7 – 8.13

Fall in love with the Kipton: If you are like many renters, you like to plan. Contact the Apartments at the Yard leasing team if you would like to apply for a brand-new apartment in the city of Grandview Heights. Grandview Yard neighborhood offers the comforts of the suburbs with proximity to downtown conveniences. With dog walking stations throughout, walkable grocer, nearby fitness and restaurant options you’ll have everything you need. Learn more HERE.

Up Front In Cbus | 8.7 – 8.13

Stop looking and start living: The Arena District offers more than downtown conveniences included proximity to CoGo bike stations, I-670, McFerson Commons, The Scioto Mile and countless dining and carry out options. While delivering on urban conveniences, Arena District living properties also offer peace of mind with neighborhood patrolled security, 24-hour emergency maintenance, controlled building access and covered parking options. Learn more HERE.


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Up Front In Cbus | 7.31-8.6

Columbus Blue Jackets Playoff Games: Hockey is Back, #5thLine! The Columbus Blue Jackets have their game faces on and are taking the ice this Sunday, August 2. The Jackets face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a best-of-five qualifying round series. View the full 2020 game schedule HERE.

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Where to watch: R Bar is hosting watch parties for the playoff games with sound on. Game specials include $5 Labatt tall boys, Sam Adams draft, and Truly tall boys, and stinger bombs are $3 during the last two minutes of first and second period. They will also be raffling off swag bags and a gift card to R Bar!

The game will be played outside on the patio (must be seated at table) and reservations are recommended for inside seating. To make a reservation, email [email protected] The $20 per person deposit for reservations goes toward the bill.

Boston’s will also be showing the playoff games with the sound on.  Dine-in or grab a seat on the patio. Reservations are not required but are being taken, call (614) 229-4275. Drink specials include PBR $3 Pint, $5 32 oz. and $3 Pink Whitney shots!

Whistle & Keg has inside seating and outside patio space to watch the games. They are ready for puck drop with Labbatt Blue and Labbatt Blue Light 16 oz cans as well as on tap. To-go growlers are 50% off for those watching the games at home.

If you’re planning to watch the games and enjoy your meal at home, tune into Fox Sports Ohio and Fox Sports GO. Learn more ways to watch at

Grab your swag: Don’t forget to grab your CBJ Postseason Fan Pack! Each order includes the official t-shirt of the Blue Jackets’ 2020 postseason, a commemorative postseason poster, and a Stanley Cup playoff pin while supplies last. Proceeds benefit the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. GO JACKETS!

New to the Crew: The Black & Gold have fans ready to stomp and cheer from the new Nordecke! View the recently released renderings HERE. This section of the new Arena District stadium will feature a tifo rigging system, capo stands, two patio decks, and the largest beer garden for an MLS stadium (the Nordecke Beer Garden). Fans can follow construction progress by watching the Downtown Stadium Construction Cam.



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Ted’s Butcher Shoppe: Experience the premium quality of Ted’s hand-cut steaks and fresh ground meat at home with Ted’s Butcher Shoppe. Select your favorite Ted’s premium cuts or specialty box and have America’s best bison and beef delivered fresh to your door the next day – order HERE.

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Pups on the Patio: The Hofbräuhaus Biergarten is a perfect spot to sip on a summer lager this weekend! Cheers to sunshine and great bier 🍻 🐶 Did you know you can bring your furry friends? You will enjoy the great menu appetizers while your pet enjoys homemade pretzel treat


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Ohio State Fair Anywhere: Being one of the most anticipated events of the summer, we were excited to see the Ohio State Fair Anywhere event hosted online! Not only can you shop the fair, check out the barn, enter contests and relieve past fair concerts, you can also enjoy your Ohio State Fair fried favorites at home! With fair food tutorials you can make your deep fried oreos, fair fries, walking tacos, lemon shake-ups and more HERE! Explore the Ohio State Fair Anywhere HERE.  



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Flats II Kitchens: Looking for a Columbus Downtown Apartment? Stop looking and start living at Flats II Apartments! Flats II has incredible kitchen features including contemporary lighting, wood style plank flooring, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and subway tile backsplash. Give your new cooking skills the proper kitchen with an apartment set to entertain. Learn more about Flats II HERE.

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Kipton North building accepting fall applications: Whether you are ready to move now or thinking ahead, it’s never too early to talk to our leasing team. The Apartments at the Yard Kipton North building is the newest apartment building to Grandview Yard and is now accepting applications for the fall. Need to find a home now? Contact the leasing team to set up a virtual or in-person appointment or get the scoop on move-in ready apartment homes – 614.222.2460. Learn more about Kipton North HERE.