One of Columbus’s favorite chefs and most popular restaurants is saying goodbye for good. After 18 years, Alana Shock and Kevin Bertschi have officially listed their restaurant for sale and are planning to relocate to Sandusky.
Many people often experience a career change, often multiple times throughout their life, and that’s exactly what Shock attributes as the primary factor in closing the restaurant.
She and Bertschi have signed a lease for a wine shop in Sandusky, and Shock also has a job offer in Belize, so maybe a new international Alana’s location could in the future. I always wanted another reason to go to Belize.
Alana’s will be throwing one last benefit before they leave, she and her staff will host CBE listeners with hors d’oeuvres, plus live jazz. A cash bar will available and proceeds from the event go towards WCBE.
You can support your favorite chef and station this September 13 from 5-8 pm. Admission is $25.
Even though City Brands announced that the Wine Bistro in Worthington wouldn’t be returning, there were initial rumors that the Westerville location also wouldn’t be making a comeback.
Original reports were wrong, and City Brands announced the return of the Westerville Wine Bistro, 925 N. State St.,on July 9 after a light remodel. You can find the (614) report on the City Brands reopenings and closings here.
The remodeling isn’t the only thing that’s going to be new about the Wine Bistro in Westerville, though. Or as we should we say now, NAPA Kitchen + Bar. With locations in Westerville, Dublin, and Montgomery, Ohio, NAPA Kitchen + Bar is a sister concept to The Wine Bistro.
“We feel the NAPA Kitchen + Bar concept will really appeal to a wide range of guests in Westerville. We wanted to undertake this conversion for quite a while but never found the right time to close down for the renovations,” Tim Rollins, President of The Metropolitan Companies and owner of NAPA kitchen + bar, said in a press release on Thursday.
The restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.
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Editors' Note: The originally published version of this article mentioned a revamped venue in the last paragraph. It meant to read revamped menu.
Every industry has taken a hit this year. It’s cliche to generalize it. With that being said, some businesses have taken more damage than others.
Milestone 229, located on the river’s Scioto Mile, was forced to closed in March along with all the other restaurants across Ohio, as the restaurant industry took a hit despite the uptick in carryout orders.
Just as things seemed to be coming back to normal, as restaurants and bars were allowed to reopen, the protests demanding change during the Black Lives Matter movement brought an unexpected rioting component that had devastating effects for Milestone 229.
The downtown, upscale eatery with the playful fountain for kids and adults alike, took an extra hit when rioting, looting, and vandalism broke down the windows of the restaurant on Thursday, May 29. Milestone 229 was supposed to reopen the upcoming Monday.
Griggs has tried his best to stay positive through it all, finding some valuable and much-needed help along the way.
“A good friend of the restaurant, Cathy King, executive vice president of Wasserstrom, started a GoFundMe page for Milestone 229. We are using that money to help relaunch the restaurant. We also had many friends and family come down the morning after the riots to help clean up the broken glass.”
Doug Griggs, co-owner of Milestone 229
Now, recovering once again, Milestone 229 is set to open back up on Wednesday, July 8. The fine-dining establishment will offer patio and dining room seating, as well as a new curbside pickup. Co-owner Doug Griggs said in an email that the restaurant was able to keep the majority of its patio seating and over half of its dining room seating.
Milestone 229 has a new menu revamped for the summer as well. You can view it here.