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UPDATE: The Dube Confirms Closing, Plans To Return With Same Name

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UPDATE: May 9, 11:37 p.m.

Uproar about the future of The Blue Danube came about after a Facebook post from The Dube mentioned it will be closing its doors on June 17. Comments and posts swirled social media filled with fears that the current Dube would take a turn towards the corporate side thus costing High Street another staple.

Steve Margetis and his family have owned the property the Dube resides on since the 1940s. Steve, restaurant owner and property manager of the Dube’s location, said while the current bar and restaurant will indeed close on Father’s Day, he plans on having the store revamped and refreshed much like the restaurant that originally opened decades ago still with its original name, The Blue Danube.

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The Dube has been on High Street for 78 years, and though the revamp might cause the doors to close for an indefinite time period, this might not be the end of the Dube as it seems.

“I’m trying to protect my father’s investment,” Margetis said over a phone call.

Currently, The Blue Danube is a place to grab a drink with some friends, maybe munch down on some cheap food or all day breakfast, and most importantly, make memories, but it wasn’t always like this for this local bar. Making memories at The Dube is a tale as old as it’s time on High, but before the Dube became the Dube it is today, it was an upscale eatery offering menu options like Filet Mignon and features like a strolling violinist.

614Now will be updating this story as more accurate information becomes available.

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The Blue Danube has called High Street home for the last 78 years after first opening its doors as a fine dining eatery in 1940. The restaurant has made transformations throughout its long running years in Columbus switching from a fine dining establishment to a local bar that also has a kitchen whipping up bites like BLTs or fried cauliflower. But after a post on Facebook on May 7, the Dube announced they will be closing its doors on June 17.

 

614Now reached out to both parties involved in this situation and will have more updates as they become clear, accurate, and available.

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Kick off the weekend with Barroluco’s block party

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Need Friday lunch plans? How about a latin-inspired block party?

Now that warm weather is upon us, downtown Argentinian concept Barroluco is celebrating its grand opening with a block party this weekend.

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Known for South American favorites such as empanadas and paella, Barroluco’s first brick and mortar location opened back in December at the former location of El Arepazo Latin Grill at 47 N. Pearl St. Barroluco’s original food truck also remains in operation.

Photo by Emma Kate Low

The alley behind Pearl St. will be closed off for a ribbon-cutting ceremony today (Friday) at 11:00AM, with a block party to follow. Specials and giveaways will be available through Saturday, April 27 in honor of the opening festivities.

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North Star Short North getting a whole lot bigger, boozier

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The Northstar is growing! No, not the sky’s biggest star, but rather, Short North’s organic New American kitchen.

This year marks the restaurant’s 15 anniversary, and owners Kevin Malhame, Katy Malhame, and Darren Malhame have decided that it’s high time to update. Conveniently, the Malhame’s have held a lease at 945 N High St.—right next door to Northstar at 951 N High St.—for some time now and are ready to put it to use, reports Columbus Business First.

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The space will allow for an additional 1,000 square feet of dining room and, more excitingly, a full bar with wine, spirits, and dozens of Ohio beers on tap.

Work is slated to begin this summer. The restaurant will remain open during the expansion.

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Beer for Breakfast: Start the day at 4 Columbus breweries

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Is there such a thing as “too early” for a beer? We would humbly submit that no, there isn’t.

While everyone else is waiting until noon, raise a toast to the sunrise with these breakfast-themed creations from some of Columbus’ top breweries.

Note: always drink responsibly. We don’t want any angry calls from your boss saying you showed up to work completely tossed. Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

Wolf’s Ridge |215 N 4th St

The brewmaster at Wolf’s Ridge is clearly a strong believer in popping off in the AM. “Cinnamon Toast Brunch” – a cinnamon-infused twist on the brewery’s staple cream ale, is delicious at any time of the day. Need something with a little more kick to get you moving? Wolf’s Ridge cellar reserve bottle offering, “’17 All The Breakfast,” is an imperial breakfast-style ale that clocks in at 10.8% ABV.

Homestead Beer Co. | 811 Irving Wick Dr W, Heath

Columbus Beer Week is a celebration of the many, many great beers available throughout central Ohio. If you stand any chance of sampling them all, breakfast brewskis are a must. Luckily, Homestead Beer Co. has you covered with a Beer Week concoction that will take you back to the days of Saturday morning cartoons and rainbow-colored milk. Prepare yourself for Homestead’s Cocoa Pebbles porter, “Yabba Dabba Brew.”

Hoof Hearted Brewing | 850 N 4th St

Like their neighbors Wolf’s Ridge up the street, Hoof Hearted offers a sudsy take on cinnamon toast crunch. At 10.5% ABV, “Miracle Toast” will either start your day off on a strong note, or send you back to bed until noon.

Though not explicitly marketed as a breakfast beer, Hoof Hearted’s “Fitness Freak,” an imperial stout with coffee, vanilla and maple syrup added, has all of the morning-time flavors you crave. At a whopping 14%, it’s also a surefire way to transition from brunch to nap time.

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Platform | 408 N 6th St

If you don’t think a peanut butter cream puff from Schmidt’s qualifies as a breakfast item, what are you doing with your life? Cleveland-based Platform pays homage to a Columbus institution with the release of their “Schmidt’s Peanut Butter Fudge Puff” brew. This maibock style beer boasts a respectable 7.1% ABV – just enough for some AM fun without derailing your whole day.

What’s your go-to morning brew? Let us know in the comments!

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