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Review: I tried Fireproof Short North and it was lit

Regina Fox

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In a building that’s been part of the High Street landscape for a century, a local management group is doing something the area has never seen before. Fireproof Restaurant & Bar is now open at 1026 N. High St., serving globally-inspired small plates in an entertaining and upscale lounge atmosphere.

Peerless Management Group strayed from the bar/night club reputation they gained from opening BBR and Dahlia to cater to the “grown adult” crowd, said PMG’s Adam Solomon. Fireproof aims to fill the hole between college bars and stuffy steak houses to give people in the “empty nester” demographic a reason to come to the city while also giving young people a new and exciting dining experience.

It all starts with the ambiance.

Guests are coaxed into the space by upbeat tunes courtesy of a live entertainer (“The type of music you bob your head to,” described Solomon). Warm lighting fixtures hang over comfortable booths and real wood fixtures (get it, fireproof?) break up the cool greyscale aesthetic. The heart of the restaurant is a large, oblong bar accented with copper touches.

Solomon encourages guests to make an entire evening of their Fireproof experience, meaning drinks are in order before even finding a table. For vino enthusiasts, the bar bodes a very impressive wine program both by the bottle and glass. With an innate ability to taste different flavor profiles, Solomon was able to curate a wine list guarantee to suit every palate. In the off chance it doesn’t, though, Fireproof’s cocktails are top notch.

Want to experience Fireproof for yourself? Check out the (614) Happy Hour Launch Party #1 and #2!

I sampled the Prickly Pear Margarita with a presentation just as wow-worthy as the flavor. The smokey and sweet notes of the Spanish Old Fashioned also had me rethinking my aversion to brown liquor drinks.

After a beverage or two to open the stomach, it’s time for the shareables to be passed ’round.

Originally, Fireproof was going to be a Spanish tapas restaurant, but Solomon and his crew didn’t like the idea of pigeon-holing themselves. While the menu does reflect a Spanish influence—like with the restaurant’s signature dish Gambas Al Ajillo—cuisines from all over the world have crept into the restaurant’s offerings in order to include more food people know and love.

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Mexico is presented with the lovely and simple Elote. Asia got a cameo with the Wagyu Beef Dumplings with ponzu dipping sauce. Pay a taste visit to Lebanon with Fireproof’s Baba Ghanoush. There are also Americana favorites like Pork Belly bites, Crispy Drumettes, and Skirt Steak.

Solomon wants the Fireproof dining experience to be “social and interactive,” which speaks to the way the food is presented.

“It’s meant to be put in the center of the table and shared,” explained Solomon, who hopes this family-style of eating promotes conversation among guests and the chance to find a new favorite food.

Most dishes are small, presenting the opportunity for guests to eat their way through the menu without becoming overwhelmingly full. But, with so much representation within the menu, it could be easy for guests to become intimidated. Rest assured, the Fireproof staff has been expertly trained to act as liaisons and make informed recommendations based on guests’ dietary restrictions and/or preferences.

Once you’ve had your fill of the exceptional food, it’s time to elongate your night and return to the oblong bar to keep the good times rolling.

Fireproof isn’t meant to be rushed—the cocktails, the courses, and the communication are meant to be savored. Great time and care was put into every aspect of the bar and restaurant which can only be appreciated if the same amount of time is taken to enjoy them.

So, Columbus, how’s about a night out? I hear Fireproof is lit.

Fireproof Restaurant & Bar is located at 1026 N. High St. For more information, visit fireproofcolumbus.com.

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3 cocktails to try at home with High Bank Distillery’s new Professor Rum

Mitch Hooper

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Making cocktails at home is hard—that’s a statement we won’t get much debate from with the drinkers at home. Maybe it’s the magic the bartenders in this city wield that make our drinks so damn delicious, or maybe it’s just our lack thereof. But sometimes all you need is a few tricks of the trade to become a master of your own home bar, and that’s where High Bank Distillery comes in.

Fresh from the still comes High Bank’s newest bottle release: Professor Rum. Stock & Barrel stopped by the facility, kitchen, and bar to see how we could concoct our very own cocktails at home with the rum. Here are three options for you to try. Or of course, just simply stroll down to HBD and have one of their cocktail wizards whip you up a delicious elixir.

Rum Julius

1.5 oz. Vanilla Infused Professor Rum .75 oz. Demerara Simple Syrup
1 oz. Half and Half
2 oz. Fresh Orange Juice

Instructions: Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake well. Garnish with orange zest and mint sprig.

Photos: Brian Kaiser

Peat's Me

1.5 oz. Professor Rum
.5 oz. Laphroaig
.25 oz. Simple Syrup
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters 2 Dashes Cardamom Bitters

Instructions: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir. Pour over a big ice cube and garnish with lemon peel.

5 Stormy Nights

2 oz. Chinese spiced rum
.25 oz. lime juice
.25 oz simple syrup
Goslings Ginger Beer to Float

Instructions: Combine rum, lime, and simple syrup in a shaker and shake. Pour over ice in a copper mug and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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Where’s the beef? At 614 Burger + Beer Week, coming soon!

Regina Fox

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On the 18th of September, some great folks—the powers at be only know who—determined this would be the day humankind celebrates the juicy, succulent, greasy creation we've come to know and love as the cheeseburger.

And on October 7 through 12, your good friends here at (614) decided those would be the days we'd celebrate burgers and beer here in Columbus!

Burger + Beer Week, presented by (614) Magazine and Ohio Beef Council, is your chance to enjoy $6 burgers and local beer specials at 75+ of Columbus’ top restaurants:

Some restaurants will discount their menu mainstay burger for the event while others will whip up entirely new creations you can only get during Burger + Beer Week.

And thanks to our friends at Columbus Brewing Company, Seventh Son Brewing, Platform Beer Co - Columbus, and Land-Grant Brewing Company, you'll be able to greasily grab for a specially-priced pint to wash down your meal.

But, perhaps the best part of Burger + Beer Week is the opportunity to give back. Now through October 12, you can enter to receive dinner for four people at six Burger & Beer Week restaurants plus a craft beer gift package, with each unique entry equally a $0.25 donation to the Columbus Diaper Coalition!

Be sure to RSVP to the event and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for loads of burger giveaways, like this one we have going on right now with Ted's Montana Grill!

Burger & Beer Week is made possible thanks to: Ohio Beef Council, Gordon Food Service, Trinity Homes, Lamar Advertising of Columbus, OH, Financial Providence Group, The Brew 105.7, WNCI 97.9, The Wasserstrom Company, BMI Federal Credit Union, Stock and Barrel, Yelp Columbus, and 614now.

**No tickets are needed for this event but you can view participating restaurants & menus as they're added at EAT614.com soon!

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10 deals and steals for National Cheeseburger Day

Regina Fox

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Google defines a cheeseburger as "a hamburger with a slice of cheese on it," but we all know it's so much more.

It's an extension of your dominant hand during the summer months. It's something you can look forward to grilling up after a long workweek. It's your favorite food.

Today, we celebrate all this and more with National Cheeseburger Day.

Below are deals and steals to take advantage of on this glorious holiday. Happy eating, Columbus!

Applebee's | Multiple locations

Classic Bacon Cheeseburger and endless fries for $6.99

https://www.facebook.com/applebees/posts/10157546306359334:0

Red Robin | Multiple locations

A Gourmet Cheeseburger and Bottomless Steak Fries are just $5 with the purchase of any alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage.

Ted's Montana Grill | Multiple locations

Burger + fresh-cut fries deal for just $6. Click here for a chance to win a $25 gift card!

https://www.facebook.com/tedsmontanagrill/photos/a.105938556277/10157371679961278/?type=3

Dairy Queen | Multiple locations

Dairy Queens offering two for $4 Super Snack deal, which includes mix-and-match snacks including choice of a cheeseburger, a small sundae, fries, pretzel sticks, or chicken tenders.

https://www.facebook.com/dairyqueen/videos/751031365356013/

Burger Theory | 175 E Town St

You can get a free burger at all Burger Theory restaurants located in Holiday Inn hotels, while supplies last.

Wendy's | Multiple locations

You can get a free Dave's Single with any Wendy's purchase with an offer on the mobile app. The deal lasts until September 30.

McDonald's | Multiple locations

Download the chain's app to get a sandwich for $1, including Big Macs! The offer is available until September 30.

Houlihan's | 3150 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington

Get the Houlihan’s Burger with cheese and fries for only $5.

Bareburger| Multiple locations

From 3pm- 6pm, you can get a BOGO deal on Bareburger's American or vegan Golden State burger.

Burger King | Multiple Locations

Get a cheeseburger for 59 cents with a mobile order on the chain’s app. Limit one coupon per person.

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