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Deep Dive: New concept beneath Zeno’s coming soon

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While Zeno’s is the kind of unpretentious neighborhood watering hole affectionately referred to as a “dive,” co-owner Quinn Allen thinks he can go divier.

According to information shared with (614) by Allen, a a new concept that aims to take patrons back to the “golden age of dive bars” is planned to open in the basement of Zeno’s this summer.

Called “Dick’s Dive,” the new concept pays tribute to Allen’s father, Dick Allen, who was an icon in the Columbus bar scene thanks to such classic taverns as The Travel Agency, The Oar House, Surf City, The Bombay Yacht Club. The senior Allen passed away in August 2018.

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The new establishment beneath Zeno’s will include classic elements from the dive bars of old, including old-school decor and beers in what Allen calls the “Shit Your Dad Drank” category (think Blatz, Strohs, and Genessee).

“The concept is being built to bring balance back to Columbus,” Allen told (614) of his new venture. “With the losses of so many classic bars over the years, and all the new high end builds going up, its time Mike’s Grill, and Johnnie’s Glenn Ave got some help in housing the folks who just want a can of beer and some Bob Seger on the Jukebox.”

When open, Dick’s Dive will operate as a completely separate entity from Zeno’s. Allen is targeting an August launch for this unique dive-beneath-a-dive.

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Cold Front Incoming: 2 new spots for frozen treats in central Ohio

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Fans of frozen treats in central Ohio are in for a double scoop of good news.

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream has announced plans to open its first central Ohio location in 2020 at 1515 Gemini Place, just north of Polaris Fashion Place.

The Pennsylvania-based ice creamery has 150 rotating ice cream flavors, with 24 offered each day. All of Bruster's ice creams are made in-house.

Can't wait for 2020 to get your frozen fix? Check out Chilljoy Frozen Treatery, a new concept slinging Hawaiian shave ice and Johnson’s Real Ice Cream on the go.

Chilljoy's frosty ices are served with traditional and tropical syrups, purees and toppings of your choice. Catch this operation on the go, as all of these treats are served straight from a classic 1959 Chevy delivery van.

To find the Chilljoy van or view its offerings, visit www.chilljoyft.com.

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Frankly, you’ll love the new hot dog restaurant open now in Graceland

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Hot-diggity-dog, there's a new hot dog stand in central Ohio! Links-N-Lemonade has completed its transition from food truck-only to brick-and-mortar, slinging creatively-topped dogs in the Graceland Shopping Center.

Links-N-Lemonade's menu consists of several hot dogs topped with different sauces and sides like cole slaw, coney sauce, and fries. Customers can opt for the classic all-beef dog or go for the veggie option.

Guests can choose from predetermined loaded hot dogs or customize their own with up to 10 toppings. Fresh-cut fries, both loaded and not, and fresh-squeezed lemonade are also offered.

Owner Damon Owens began serving his all-beef, quarter-pound dogs out of a food cart in 2011 with hopes of opening a restaurant soon thereafter.

Columbus Dispatch reports the recession slowed him down, but income from a coveted spot at Tanger Outlets Columbus off Interstate 71 put him in position to buy a food truck in 2017. From there came the 128 Graceland Blvd. restaurant, which opened in June.

Damon continues to operate his food truck, having just made an appearance at the Columbus Food Truck Festival.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit linksnlemonade.com.

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“Fun, casual joint” coming to Dublin area very soon

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There will be one more "fun, casual joint" in the near future. Roosters Wings will open a new location in the Dublin area on September 3!

This Week News reports the chicken spot will take over the former Logan's Roadhouse at 7110 Sawmill Rd.

Roosters has been the reigning champ in the Best Wings category of ColumBest for years on end.

This will be the 41 Roosters location throughout Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

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