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Northern arc downtown becoming a billion-dollar boom town: Here’s what’s planned

Article Originally Published in Columbus Business First by Tristan Navera

The northern cusp of downtown is poised for a boom as multiple development projects converge in the next few years.

The plans are impressive in scope: Hundreds of millions of dollars in new development, hundreds of housing units and the city’s two newest high-rises will be built in the area between Nationwide Arena and I-670, where the booming Short North, growing downtown and nascent Arena District, Grandview Yard and Franklinton areas converge.

In fact, eight projects alone are in development promising $1 billion in investment.

“This urban area is as good as any city in America and there’s room to grow for the whole neighborhood,” said Michael Schiff, principal of Schiff Capital Group and one of the principals on the North Market mixed-use development, which has been in the works for years. “We’re lucky to have the growth we’ve had and it’s coming together.”

The developments come as a result of years of work on a series of projects that made the area of town favorable, including the continued build-out of Grandview Yard, the $140 million renovation of the Greater Columbus Convention Center and continued growth of downtown employers like Nationwide.

Here’s a rundown of what’s under construction and what’s planned in this part of downtown:

  • The $220 million, 28-story Hilton Columbus Downtown tower along North High Street is set to break ground next month.
  • The $192 million North Market tower project will construct an approximately 28-story tower at the North Market’s parking lot. It’ll have apartments, more market space and 90,000 square feet of offices.
  • A $200 million expansion of the Arena District, on what are today gravel lots between Vine and Spruce streets. Details are still being worked out, but long-term plans could mean 500,000 square feet of office space. Chipotle’s headquarters would be the first anchor tenant in a 130,000-square-foot building.
  • $233 million new soccer stadium for the Columbus Crew SC, with substantial commercial and residential components expected around it.
  • An $18 million, 650-space parking garage being constructed now on the other side of the convention center to open in February 2020.
  • The Reach on Goodale, a 21-acre mixed-use development including a $65 million new headquarters for White Castle, is under development to the northwest as well. That site also includes a second office building, amphitheater and apartment complex. Developers say it’s intentionally designed to eliminate the “no man’s land” where Grandview and Arena District have been separated by highway, river and industrial corridors. The cost of the total development isn’t clear.
  • The 13-story, $50 million Canopy by Hilton Columbus hotel at 77 W. Nationwide Blvd., which is fitting out now for an opening next month.
  • An eight-story AC Hotel by Marriott is vertical now at 511 Park St. Building permits put construction at $30 million but fit-out costs are likely to drive the cost up.

It should also be noted that a host of nearby developments will undoubtedly contribute to the developments at this one-mile stretch, including the $200 million multi-phase Gravity project and the $240 million CoverMyMeds campus across the river in Franklinton; the 600-unit Jeffrey Park expansion with 12-story tower just to the north, and continued development in the Short North.

“It’s a confluence, and we feel good about it,” said Brian Ellis, COO of Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd., which has put over a billion dollars into the Arena District since it began in 1997.

828 at the Yard Open House

You’re invited to an open house on Sunday, July 14 and Sunday, July 28 from 12 – 2 pm.

828 at the Yard Condominiums features two-bedroom/two-bath flats ranging from 1,400-1,570 square feet, with the option to choose your own design selections or buy a finished condominium.

The Open House will feature The Anderson, fully furnished model. View all floor plans here.

Located in Grandview Heights, 828 at the Yard offers a short commute to surrounding neighborhoods like Upper Arlington, Marble Cliff, the Arena District and the Short North – providing endless opportunities to fill your days and nights.

Whistle & Keg Self-Serve Taproom Coming to Columbus

Whistle & Keg, a self-service craft beer taproom, is anticipated to open this summer in the Moline Plow building in the Arena District at 343 N. Front Street.

The unique pour-your-own concept originated in Youngstown in 2017, where brothers and co-owners, Joe and Mike Thomas, opened their first location. They recently opened a second taproom in Cleveland to rave reviews, which inspired their expansion goals for Columbus. The brothers were drawn to the crowds and energy of the Arena District with a prime location overlooking Nationwide Arena, a block from Huntington Park, Express Live and the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

“The spotlight on the Arena District keeps getting brighter, and we’re excited to be a part of it,” said Thomas. “Whistle & Keg is a true tasting room, where people have the freedom to pour wine and mead and beer and cider from 50 different self-serve taps. Sports fans, concert goers, happy hour drinkers alike are going to love this concept. You pay for what you pour – try an ounce or pour a pint.”

The 2,500 square-foot taproom will showcase the original architectural features of the Moline Plow building built in 1913, which is now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The interior features 12-foot-high ceilings with large bell-shaped columns throughout and an expansive outdoor patio overlooking Battelle Plaza and the arena. The basement-level of the building is occupied by Buca di Beppo (because the name in Italian roughly translates to “Joe’s basement”), which has been open since before the opening of Nationwide Arena.

“We’re excited to welcome Whistle & Keg to Columbus and the Arena District,” said Brian J. Ellis, President and COO of Nationwide Realty Investors, owner and developer of the Arena District. “This is the ideal space for the pour-your-own concept and will be a great addition to the District’s diverse mix of restaurants and entertainment amenities.”

“The pour-your-own technology used by Whistle & Keg is fun and simple for patrons to use,” said Thomas. “It’s very popular in some of the country’s hottest beer markets like Phoenix, Denver, Miami, and Tennessee. It will be impossible to resist in a market like Columbus.”


About Whistle & Keg: Whistle & Keg, based out of Youngstown, Ohio, is a taproom with a pour-your-own concept featuring 50 self-serve taps. The taproom has an open food policy allowing patrons to bring their favorite food or get food delivered while they enjoy a selection of local and regional craft beers, wines, ciders, mead, kombucha and more. Patrons can expect a fun and inviting atmosphere with live music, comedy, events and more. To learn more, go to

Slideshow: Take a walk down memory lane in the Arena District during the Blue Jackets’ playoff run

Article originally published in Columbus Business First by Emily Bench | May 9

Columbus Blue Jackets fans are likely still mourning the team’s Tuesday night loss to the Boston Bruins, a 3-0 defeat that ended Columbus’ hopes of hoisting the team’s first-ever Stanley Cup.

In times like these, nostalgia can prove to be a beautiful thing.

Throughout the Jackets’ playoffs series against the Bruins, Columbus Business First had a team of reporters and photographers on the ground, catching all of the action – both inside and outside of the arena.

We walked through the cobblestoned Arena District, catching glimpses of fans gearing up for the game, and went inside the arena to get photos of the games themselves. Check out the slideshows with this story to relive all the action.

To get even more on how the Blue Jackets’ historic playoff season could translate into big dollars, read this week’s cover story, which takes a look at the impact of the Jackets’ longest postseason run ever.

Slideshow: Take a walk down memory lane in the Arena District during the Blue Jackets' playoff run
Slideshow: Take a walk down memory lane in the Arena District during the Blue Jackets' playoff run
Slideshow: Take a walk down memory lane in the Arena District during the Blue Jackets' playoff run
Slideshow: Take a walk down memory lane in the Arena District during the Blue Jackets' playoff run
Slideshow: Take a walk down memory lane in the Arena District during the Blue Jackets' playoff run

The man who put on 10,000 shows: Scott Stienecker looks back on 40 years of rock ‘n’ rolling with PromoWest

By Emily Bench  – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First
Apr 18, 2019

It all started with a house party.

“I ran around with a lot of guys who were a couple of years older than us, and always went to all their parties,” said Scott Stienecker, a veteran concert promoter whose shows have wowed music fans in Columbus for decades. “And they were like, ‘You need to throw a party.’”

So the then 17-year-old from St. Marys in western Ohio rented the Tri-County Event Center on Memorial Day weekend in 1978, hired a Kiss-esque band and charged $3 at the door.

Stienecker made $1,080 that night and officially entered the rock and roll promotions business.

Over the next few decades, he built PromoWest Productions and saw it become the fifth-largest independent music production company in the United States, hosting hundreds of memorable shows at venues including the Newport, The Basement and Express Live.

But the years can do a number on people in the music business, both those on stage and behind it. And so last September, Stienecker cut a deal with Los Angeles-based AEG Presents, which acquired a majority stake in PromoWest for an undisclosed amount.

“You can’t escape the competition,” said Stienecker, who now is regional manager of the Midwest market for AEG Presents. “Every day, I have to fight for Columbus – I fight against Cleveland, I fight against Cincinnati in order to get acts.”

After 35 years, the fighting got to be too much.

“The main thing for me was age – I was 58,” he said. “If they’re going to (buy) me out in five years, I’ll be 63 and that’s a good time to retire. So it was kind of a matter of time.”

Now, Stienecker is working for ‘the man,’ just like many other once-independent music companies.

“These big dogs just keep picking off the smaller markets,” he said. “One at a time.”

A recent concert at the Newport Music Hall concert

The Newport Music Hall was the first venue owned by PromoWest Productions.

Rock ‘n’ roll all night

When Stienecker was 15, he saw Kiss perform at St. John Arena on the Ohio State University campus.

“It blew me away,” he said. “I remember I sat there thinking: ‘Who put this whole thing on?’”

After high school, Stienecker went to Bowling Green State University, where he studied business and marketing and joined the school’s concert committee. At the time, he wanted to be the next Jules Belkin, the Cleveland resident whose Belkin Productions put on shows at Richfield Coliseum, Blossom Music Center and other venues in the region. (The company has since become part of Live Nation.)

“He was God,” Stienecker said of Belkin. “I wanted to become that … but I didn’t know if it would be possible.”

He transferred to Ohio State his sophomore year and ultimately landed an internship with Bill Graham Presents out in California, which he said was a turning point for him. He learned from one of the most influential men in the business who ran mega-successful music halls in San Francisco and New York City.

Stienecker decided to stay in California, and was hired on as a secondary concert promoter for Parallax Productions. It was there that he heard in 1984 that Hank LoConti, who owned Agora clubs in Cleveland and Columbus, was looking to sell the High Street music hall and turn it into a Walgreens.

Stienecker returned to Ohio and pleaded with him.

“I said, ‘Hank, you can’t let this happen,’” he said. “And he said he would lease it to me if I could come up with $25,000.”

Instead, the 22-year-old raised $180,000 and bought the building, turning it into the Newport Music Hall.

The first show he booked as PromoWest was Neil Young, who played a sold-out show at the Newport on Sept. 9, 1984.

Booking big

It didn’t take long for PromoWest to grow. Stienecker built his brand by creating popular clubs including Polaris Amphitheater, The Basement and the A&R Music Bar, while selling out shows at Ohio Stadium and buying the Bunbury Music Festival in 2015.

“It took a while and there were growing pains,” he said. “We started as a one-man show of a little independent, and grew into almost 60 full-time employees and 750 shows a year.”

Perhaps Stienecker’s biggest contribution was building the first-of-its-kind indoor/outdoor venue LC Pavilion in 2001. (It’s now Express Live.)

Stienecker said that site flipped the model of a music venue on its head. Soon, people across the country began to call, asking him to take his concept to other cities. He turned them all down until a developer in Pittsburgh called. The two created Stage AE, the second indoor/outdoor music venue in the nation.

“We figured it out,” he said. “It was like a light bulb went off.”

Express Live up close and backstage

Scott Stienecker’s Express Live indoor/outdoor stage changed the way concerts could be promoted and shown. Other venues immediately began to copy PromoWest’s formula after the site opened in 2001.

Randy Malloy, general manager of local alt-rock radio station 102.5, said Stienecker is an innovator.

“Scott is someone that has really really taken concert promoting to the next level,” Malloy said. “He takes the risks on bands that aren’t there yet, who haven’t made a big, and once they do, they come back.

“They remember Columbus because of him.”

Malloy said a good example is the band Jungle, which had trouble selling 60 tickets to a show in Chicago in 2014.The next stop on the band’s tour was Columbus.

Stienecker threw everything he had at promoting the show.

When the Jungle played the Newport, 800 people were there to see them.The band, which has toured the world, returned to Columbus in 2018 for another show at the Newport.


In many ways, the evolution of the music business has been hard for Stienecker to accept.

“What I loved … the most was the old days, when rock and roll was just rock and roll,” he said. “I miss when it was raw and real and there were local promoters in every market.

“Now, it’s very corporate.”

Live Nation was founded in 1996, grew quickly and started taking bites out of smaller markets. The publicly traded company had $10.8 billion in revenue last year.

AEG Presents was founded five years later and also began to move into smaller, independent markets.

“Once Live Nation came, the whole industry changed,” Stienecker said. “People are more focused on the bottom line than they are developing the acts.”

It takes time and a local interest to do that. Stienecker created spaces where small and local artists could play, moving up to bigger venues as they grew. That’s what worked for Twenty One Pilots and O.A.R., he said.

“They can move up from The Basement, to A&R, to the Newport and then to Express Live,” he said.

“We take the acts and develop them from the ground up.”

A new townhome product will join the diverse mix of residential offerings at Grandview Yard

JUST ANNOUNCED! A new townhome product will join the diverse mix of residential offerings at Grandview Yard. Three independent, side-by-side buildings, called “The Junction” will be comprised of 20 two-story townhome residences with walk-ups along Bobcat Avenue. The buildings will feature a refined brick façade, elevated balconies, private garages, and market-leading interior finishes. Townhome residents will have access to The Yard Club, our residential amenity building and club house that featurs a resort style swimming pool and spa, fitness center, and community room, as well as our significant mix of retail, dining, and fitness offerings, First Avenue Park and green spaces.


“Creating a great neighborhood isn’t just about the construction of individual buildings. It’s about generating a vision that brings complementary elements together where the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts. As Grandview Yard continues to grow, we’re able to provide an even more engaging mixed-use environment for our office tenants and residents, and deliver a thriving development for this community.”


Read the full article HERE.

Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of December 3, 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 December 3, 2018:


WNCI Jingle Jam

Tuesday, December 4 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

Columbus’ Hit Music station, 97.9 WNCI, is hosting their holiday concert at EXPRESS LIVE! The show features boyband, Why Don’t We, and other hit singers such as Madison Beer, Bryce Vine, Lauv, Round2Crew and Ava Max. The more acts the merrier, check out these talented artists all in one show presented by WNCI on December 4th.


Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Calgary Flames

Tuesday, December 4 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

In the mood for a cool Tuesday night? Head to Nationwide Arena as the Blue Jackets take on The Calgary Flames. March With Us as we root on the Jackets at home in their bid to claim the top standing in their division.


Harmony Project – The Concert for US

Thursday, December 6 | Nationwide Arena | 7:30 PM

Harmony Project connects people across social divides through the arts and education by joining together to engage in equal harmony. This concert is presented by Kind Columbus in effects to foster creative collaborations to better our community. The show will feature Joshuah Brian Campbell, Momentum Excellence and the Columbus Children’s Choir. Support the Concert for US on December 6th at Nationwide Arena.



Friday, December 7 | Arena District | 7 PM

For those counting down the days until Christmas, it’s almost here! Spread your holiday cheer and join hundreds of Santa’s, Elves and Reindeer hopping around the Arena District for SantaCon Columbus 2018! The free event includes four drink stops (Half Pint, Gordon Biersch, The Big Bang and Three-Legged Mare) featuring drink specials, raffle prices, costume contest and more.


CD102.5 Holiday Show: Side A

Friday, December 7 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

Alternative station, CD102.5 is hosting their holiday concert on Friday, December 7th. The show will be headlined by The Struts and features other acts including Albert Hammond Jr, Just Loud and RADATTACK. Get your jingle bell “rock” on at EXPRESS LIVE!


Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals

Saturday, December 8 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Get on your Blue Jackets gear and cheer the team on this Saturday night at Nationwide Arena. The Columbus Blue Jackets are taking on 2018 Stanley Cup Champions, The Washington Capitals in a game you won’t want to miss. Puck drops at 7 PM.


Post CBJ Show featuring Willie Phoenix

Saturday, December 8 | A&R Music Bar | 8 PM

Willie Phoenix’s career has spanned decades and his passion never stops. Phoenix plays sounds ranging from haunting blues, straight forward rock, garage band noise to psychedelic fusion. He has a special place in his heart for blues and also Columbus! Check him out at A&R Music Bar on December 8th.


CD102.5 Holiday Show: Side B

Sunday, December 9 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

CD102.5 is presenting another night of music at EXPRESS LIVE! to celebrate the holiday season. This show will feature Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Shannen Moser and Souther.


Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats on Vine Apartments | Mendocino Floor Plan

Flats on Vine Apartments are located minutes away from the top entertainment 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 Mendocino floor plan features everything you need and more! This 2-bed, 2-bathroom includes a spacious living/kitchen area, large closets and private balcony. Flats on Vine Apartments are pet friendly, include a fitness center, outdoor pool and spa, in-unit washer/dryer, valet dry cleaning and more!

Schedule a tour of Flat on Vine’s Mendocino unit today!


Arena District Giveaway of the Week

CD102.5 Holiday Show Side A and B tickets | EXPRESS LIVE! | December 7 & 9

We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to see CD102.5’s Holiday Show Side A AND Side B at EXPRESS LIVE! Enter now for the chance to win and increase your chances by getting your friends to enter, too. Two winners will be chosen later this week.


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Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of November 26, 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.


Veranico Happy Hour Specials

Monday, November 26, Wednesday, November 28 and Friday, November 30

Still stuffed from your thanksgiving feast? Dine light at Veranico this week to get back on track. Monday features a flatbread and beer for just $10, Wednesday is wine night, $6 pours of your favorites and bring on the weekend with power hour on Friday featuring $2 drafts and bottles from 3-5 PM.


Sabrina Benaim

Tuesday, November 27 | A&R Music Bar | 6:30 PM

Sabrina Benaim is poet, author and teaching artist speaking on current issues in society. She is a Toronto poetry slam champion and current coach of the Toronto Poetry Slam team. Her poetry has been showcased by ESPNW and The Government of Canada. Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to her live during her Slumber Party Tour at A&R Music Bar.


Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Minnesota Wild

Thursday, November 29 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are second in their division! On Thursday, watch as they fight to take first place as they face off against the Minnesota Wild. Bring some friends and be a part of the roaring crowd at Nationwide Arena for what’s sure to be an exhilarating Thursday night home game.


Winterbock Keg Tapping Event

Friday, December 30 | Gordon Biersch | 5 – 9 PM

Get in the holiday spirt and wear your ugly sweater to Gordon Biersch’s Keg Tapping Event on Friday starting at 5 PM. This event features a tapping of the Winterbock keg, a full-bodied lager with rich camel and toffee malt and a hint of holiday spirit – brewed specially by Gordon Biersch for the holiday season.


Onesie Bar Crawl – Columbus

Saturday, December 1 | Columbus | 4 PM

As the weather gets cold, it’s important to stay warm while bar hopping! Lucky for you, EpicEventz is bringing their Onesie Bar Crawl to downtown Columbus. This event will include drink specials at multiple bars near the Arena District including Callahan’s Columbus, Novak’s Tavern & Patio, BBR Columbus, Dahlia Nightclub and The Half Pint. Don your coziest (and most fashionable) onesie and join the fun!


Preoccupations & Protomartyr – Presented by CD102.5’s Independent Playground

Saturday, December 1 | The Basement | 7 PM

Independent alternative rock station, CD102.5 is hosting a concert featuring Preoccupations and Protomartyr. Preoccupations is a post-punk band with an electronic rock sound, while Protomatyr is an American rock band with a ‘70’s UK post-punk influence. The show will take place at The Basement this Saturday with Rattle opening the show.


Red Sun Rising – Presented by 99.7 The Blitz

Saturday, December 1 | A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

Columbus rock station, 99.7 The Blitz is presenting Red Sun Rising this Saturday at A&R Music Bar. Red Sun Rising is an American rock band from Akron. They’re influenced by many eras of music that are expertly threaded together to make their own sound. The band has released two studio albums that they’ll perform on this tour.


SantaCon Columbus 2018

Friday, December 7| Arena District | 7 PM

For those counting down to Santa’s arrival, he’s almost here! Next week, spread your holiday cheer and join hundreds of Santas, Elves and Reindeer as they dash around the Arena District for SantaCon Columbus! The free event will take place on December 7th and include four Arena District stops featuring drink specials, raffle prices, costume contest and more. Get full details here.


Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats II Apartments | Syrah II Floor Plan

Flats II Apartments is located across the street from EXPRESS LIVE! and minutes away from other 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 two-bedroom, two bath Syrah II floorplan at Flat II Apartments has everything you need and more! This 1,230 square foot space includes in-unit washer/dryer, granite counter tops, two walk-in closets, private balcony and more. The community includes an outdoor pool and spa, 24-hour athletic facility, controlled building access, 24-hour emergency maintenance, and many other features.

Schedule a tour of Flat II’s Syrah II unit today!


Win tickets to Jingle Jam

Get ready to Jingle and Jam at EXPRESS LIVE! on December 4! Enter to win 2 tickets to this concert featuring Why Don’t We, Madison Beer, Bryce Vine, Lauv, and Round2Crew!

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Grandview Yard restaurant Brekkie Shack offers double the mealtimes, double the freshness

Originally published by Gary Semen Jr, ThisWeek News | November 12

Identical twins experiment with the Brekkie Shack breakfast-and-lunch concept, with local sourcing a priority.

Lisa and Lindsey Rusch are the quintessential identical twins. They went to Wittenberg University together, played soccer, studied business and once ran a home-baking business — Sugar Rush — in their spare time.

So it’s not surprising that they would start a business doing something they love.

The Worthington natives have opened Brekkie Shack, a breakfast-and-lunch place in Grandview Yard.

The siblings are putting their cooking and entrepreneurial skills to the test at the 2,500-square-foot restaurant, which seats 68 inside and 20 on the patio at 1060 Yard St.

“We’ve been thinking about it for 20 years,” Lisa Rusch said of the restaurant.

The interior is stark, with teal-colored wooden walls, wooden table tops and a mural that reads “Home of the Brekkie of Champions,” painted by their friend, Moe Buckley.

“We wanted it to be just relaxing and social,” Lisa Rusch said.

She calls the menu “very fresh and responsibly sourced.”

Brekkie Shack Cookie-Doug Peanut-Butter Bars

Brekkie Shack culls its ingredients from a who’s who of regional producers: sausage from Butcher & Grocer, cage-free eggs from Snowville, bread from Lucky Cat Bakery and Ohio chicken and maple syrup. The nitrate-free bacon is from Michigan.

Likewise, the beverages give a serious nod to Ohio: Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, Middle West Spirits, Land-Grant Brewing Co., Seventh Son Brewing and Royal Docks Brewing Co. (Canton).

Fresh juice and lemonade made in-house also are available.

Brekkie Shack’s signature dish is the classic egg sandwich with white cheddar and avocado. A variation adds bacon and shredded Brussels sprouts that are flash-fried for texture.

Other breakfast options include French toast, pancakes and sweet-potato hash with Brussels sprouts and over-easy eggs, or avocado for the vegan diner.

There are a few lunch options, such as chicken-salad tacos and a roasted veggie bowl, among other sandwiches and salads.

Everything is priced at $13 or less.

For those who prefer desserts, the roster of baked goods changes frequently. Examples are cookie-dough peanut-butter bars, cookies-and-cream brownies, maple-creme doughnuts and whole-grain cinnamon rolls.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 614-525-0190.

Dispatch restaurant reporter Gary Seman Jr. can be reached at [email protected].

Grandview Yard getting a wine bar/coffee shop that sells chocolate too

Originally published – Columbus Business First by Tristan Navera | November 8, 2018

A modern wine, coffee and chocolate concept is set to open at Grandview Yard this winter.

Winans Chocolates + Coffees + Wines has signed on for a 1,600-square-foot shop in the 1125 Yard St. building, with a targeting opening around February. It’ll be the latest addition to Grandview Yard’s growing ground-floor retail selection, and will add to the local presence of the Piqua-based Winans chain, which has locations downtown near Columbus Commons and in German Village.

“We’ve been looking for the right place and location to do it and when the property came up we decided it was the right time and location to move forward,” Matt Finkes, franchise co-owner and operator of the new Winans location, said in a statement. “The location is gorgeous and the demographic is really good for us.”

The new Winans will have an outdoor patio accessible from the sidewalk.

Winans will open a new location at 1125 Yard St. in Grandview Yard
Winans will open a new location at 1125 Yard St. in Grandview Yard. NATIONWIDE REALTY INVESTORS LTD.

The brand emphasizes quality chocolates and coffees that are produced and sourced conscientiously, with its handmade chocolates made in a facility in Miami County.

The fourth-generation family business, established in the early 1900s, is trying something a bit new with this location, said CEO Joe Reiser. While it’s traditionally been primarily a coffee shop and high-end chocolatier, the chain is growing more toward a wine bar concept that draws people in during the evenings and brings in more wine events.

Winans has seen success in its downtown location with wine tastings and other events for connoisseurs, he said.

The new Winans location will emphasize wine, chocolates and coffee bringing a morning and early evening crowd.

The new Winans location will emphasize wine, chocolates and coffee bringing a morning and early evening crowd. NATIONWIDE REALTY INVESTORS LTD.

“It’s a trifecta – chocolate, coffee and wine,” Reiser told me.

“Everything that pairs with wine” makes for a good crossover for events there, Finkes said, and the new location will hire around a dozen people. The bar will mirror the hours of the downtown location, expecting to draw an early evening crowd.

This will be the company’s 19th location overall and while it has significant awareness in its home market of Dayton, this new concept will help it grow in Central Ohio as well. It has steadily grown over the past few years thanks in part to franchising.

With the new lease, Grandview Yard continues to fill out its retail spaces with additional offerings for the evening and weekend crowd to complement residential and office uses there. Breakfast food concept Brekkie Shack and My Salon Suite recently announced leases in Grandview Yard to open in late 2018.

The building the new bar will be in, 1125 Yard St., includes OhioHealth and Columbus Obstetricians-Gynecologists Inc. in office space on the second floor.

Developed by Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd., Grandview Yard will have 1.2 million square feet of office, restaurants, retail, and hospitality as well as community parks and approximately 1,500 residential units.