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Update: Governor Kasich on Thursday signed new legislation designating drinking areas allowing open containers in the state of Ohio. The law takes effect immediately.  (jj)

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Update: The bill (House Bill 47) that would allow Ohio to create designated drinking areas and allow open containers, has passed! The House approved the bill last month and on Tuesday, so did the Senate. But before it can become law, it must be signed by Gov. Kasich. And while there’s no timeframe on when he’ll sign it, there is an emergency clause on the bill – meaning that once it’s signed, it becomes effective IMMEDIATELY. (deb)

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Previously March 27, 2015

Last year, a bill was introduced that would allow Ohio’s cities to create designated outdoor drinking areas where people could drink alcohol – kinda like a “this little area is exempt from open container” law. And this week, the bill passed in the Ohio House and will move onto the Senate for consideration. Under the proposed bill, cities with over 35,000 would be able to create ‘refreshment areas.’ They would also have to instill several safe guards like (restricted) hours of operation, number of safety personnel, sanitation plans, and set boundaries for the area(s).

More than likely if the bill gets passed, the city will look into setting up something along the Arena District. Which hey, count me in. I’ve been to Beale St. in Memphis and loved the feeling of walking along a closed street (with a really good beer in hand). (deb)

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Previously Dec. 12, 2014

Don’t break out the open containers yet…

Columbus has been tossing around a new bill that would exempt certain areas from open container laws, but it looks like it won’t be happening anytime soon. The Senate passed its bill earlier this month, but it looks like the House will wait until next year. Some had hoped that the bill would take effect in time for the NHL All-Star Game this January. Looks like, for now, Columbus will have to stick with the standard “jostling at the bar for a spot.”

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Previously Dec. 3, 2014

Drink Up Me Hearties

It’s about to get a lot easier to raise a glass in Columbus. The Ohio Senate passed a bill allowing cities and townships to create “entertainment districts” exempt from the state’s open container laws. Patrons will have to buy and drink in the area, but will be able to take their drinks from venue to venue. Break out the red Solo cups, Columbus is about the become a living Lil Jon song.

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It’s Restaurant Week! Enter grand prize, view menus, make reservations

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It’s finally here! Happy Restaurant Week July 15-20! What’s Restaurant Week you ask? You must be new. Thats OK! We’ll get you up to speed and in the know.

This week, you can enjoy 3-course meals at 120+ of Columbus’ best restaurants for a fraction of the cost. Dig into deep discounts from local favorites such as City Barbeque with special menus starting at just $15! Restaurant Week is also your to scope out some of the swankiest spots in town on the cheap like Smith & Wollensky and Mezzo !

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Or, you could get meals for FREE if you’re the lucky winner of our grand prize! In our Restaurant Week giveaway, one lucky winner will receive a $500 Marathon Gift Card AND dinner for 4 at 5 Restaurant Week restaurants! Plus, 25 additional winners will receive dinner for 2 at a participating Restaurant Week restaurant!

Your giveaway entries could help you score big, but they also do good in the community. During Restaurant Week Columbus presented by (614) Magazine & Marathon Petroleum Corporation, $0.25 donation will be made to Pelotonia for each unique giveaway entry, up to $5,000.

To view menus, make reservations, and enter the grand prize giveaway, visit eat614.com. And be sure to keep an eye on 614’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for additional giveaways all week!

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Tuttle Mall getting a lot sweeter thanks to 2 newcomers

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Malls have changed a lot over the years. Remember Waldenbooks? Was KB Toys your go-to as a kid? Heck, even Sears will soon be nothing more than a memory.

While mall establishments are frequently lost to the sands of time, it’s rare that you see a former retailer return to a mall it’s already vacated once. Well brace yourselves, sweets fans, because a gooey, sugar-frosted favorite is making a comeback at Tuttle Mall.

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Of course we’re talking Cinnabon, which was last in operation at Tuttle some years ago, and is now listed as “coming soon” on the mall’s directory. But wait! As tempting as it will be to fill up on cinnamon rolls after this long absence, you’ll want to save room for this other coming attraction: it seems Duck Donuts is also setting up shop in Tuttle.

Hop on the treadmill and give your dentist a heads-up, mall lovers—sweets are back at Tuttle in a big way!

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Dive into Guy Fieri’s picks for best BBQ in nation, including one local spot

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Columbus native and mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri has always had a soft spot for his hometown, especially its BBQ. He’s been around the country to enjoy some of the best food America has to offer for his show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, but it’s right here in Columbus where some of the meats are being smoked: Ray Ray’s Hog Pit.

The Food Network recently posted a list of Fieri’s top barbecue picks from DDD including James Anderson’s smokin’ hot food truck.

Guy Fieri just named us to his “Best BBQ from DDD” list. Thanks for the massive honor Guy, come back and see us anytime. http://bit.ly/DDDBestBBQ

Posted by Ray Ray's Hog Pit on Thursday, July 18, 2019

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“Chef and Owner James Anderson raises his own pigs for the succulent smoked offerings at Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, a one-of-a-kind barbecue truck in Columbus, Ohio,” reads the Food Network description. “Guy tried the super-moist Mangalitsa Brat Burger and St. Louis Spare Ribs.”

Ray Ray’s was originally featured on the “College Town Champs” episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in 2017.

Click here to view Fieri’s 59 top BBQ picks.

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