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Urban Meyer’s Pint House + 4 other local celebrity mashups that need to happen

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College football head coach, teacher, and… restauranteur? Urban Meyer is expanding his resume once again to open one of Short North’s most popular bars in Dublin. Meyer will team up with Corso Ventures for a second iteration of Pint House in Bridge Park called Urban Meyer’s Pint House.

“When Corso Ventures approached me with this unique opportunity to partner with their elite restaurant and hospitality team on a Pint House in Bridge Park, it was a no brainer,” Meyer said in a press release.

Coming in at an impressive 8,500 square feet, Urban Meyer’s Pint House will be twice the size of the flagship Pint House in the Short North. In addition to the bar and seating area, guests can also experience Urban’s 7-0 room, a private events space named after Meyer’s untarnished record against Xichigan. Urban Meyer’s Pint House will also feature an indoor-outdoor patio overlooking Bridge Park Avenue.

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This will be the first duplicate concept for Corso Ventures, which also owns Forno Kitchen + Bar, Standard Hall, Food Hall, and Goody Boy Diner.

The concept will take over the former site of RAM Restaurant and Brewing at 6632 Longshore St. Dublin. Urban Meyer’s Pint House is expected to open later this fall. For more info or updates, please visit urbanspinthouse.com.

So, we’re all excited for the Urban Meyer Corso Ventures team up, but it really got us thinking about all the other local celebs that should do a restaurant team up. And so, we consulted the results of the 2019 ColumBest readers poll to match up your top 5 Columbus personalities with restaurants we think should partner!

#5 Jeni Britton Bauer + Columbus Museum of Art

You’ve all heard of the Museum of Ice Cream, right? No?! It’s only the most Instagramed location in the history of the world…or something. Anyway, the Museum of Ice Cream, started in New York City as an interactive art exhibit with ice cream and candy themed exhibits. It’s home to the World’s Largest Sprinkle Pool, so yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.

We reckon that if Jeni and CMA put their heads together, they could up with something way cooler and full of brambleberry crisps.

#4 Archie Griffin + Varsity Club

We think it’s about time Varsity Club expands to an even two locations—the exact number of Heismans Archie Griffin has been awarded. And with nearby Conrads College Gifts moving, why not give the people what they want on game day and make the new location right there on Lane Avenue?! Did someone say underground connection tunnel?

#3 Urban Meyer + Pint House

Been there, done that.

#2 Nina West + The Blowout Bar

Nina was a tricky one because she’s linked up with just about everyone in the city in one capacity or another. While she’s shared her time and energy through the Nina West Foundation and her palate with the new flavor of Jeni’s Ice Cream, she has yet to share the secret to her hair volume! And this, dear readers, is why we need a Nina West Special at The Blowout Bar. #BigHairDontCare

#1 Jack Hana + Eat, Purr, Love Cat Cafe

Picture this: An adorable cafe with all the caffeine and baked goods you could imagine… plus docile exotic cats. At Eat, Purr, Love, coffee and cats live in perfect harmony (but kept separate due to health department regulations). We think Jack Hana could help up the ante by providing a sanctuary for rescue exotics at the same place you get your morning lattes.

Good company and cats. What could be better?Photo by Travis Stewart PhotographyJoin us with your group by booking your visit on our website!https://eatpurrlovecatcafe.com/

Posted by Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café on Monday, June 10, 2019

Now unlike Eat, Purr, Love, you won’t be able to adopt out the baby Bengal tiger you fall in love with, but we’re still working out the kinks.

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Game of Cones: New ice cream contender coming to Short North

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It seems a new challenger is emerging in the race to claim the Columbus ice cream crown.

CRMD, a new ice cream spot opening soon at 1190 N. High St. in the Short North, is being teased for a “summer 2019” launch on the company’s website.

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The same site shows the brand’s flavor offerings, which will include matcha, Viet coffee, and cereal + milk. Upon opening, CRMD will also be slinging puffles – a spherical egg-based waffle cone popular in Hong Kong and Macau.

For more information and a full list of flavors, visit www.getcrmd.com.

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Update: Cajun food fans disappointed by Ned’s Bayou development

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UPDATE: While concrete information regarding the mysterious Ned’s Bayou is still unavailable, signs seem to indicate that the retail space will serve as a popup store for Twenty One Pilots merchandise when the duo comes to town for a double-header at Nationwide Arena on June 29 & 30.

Exhibit A: searching “Ned’s Bayou” on the Ohio Secretary of State’s online database shows an address on Worthington Galena Rd. for the business’ registered owner. The members of Twenty One Pilots are themselves former Worthington residents.

While this in and of itself says little, the group’s de facto mascot (seen here in the music video for the song “Chlorine”) happens to be named Ned.

Mere coincidence? I guess we’ll find out by the end of the month. For now, it seems fans of cajun food might have to look elsewhere to get their fix!

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A brand new awning sporting the words “Ned’s Bayou” has appeared over the former Blick’s Art Supplies location at 612 N High St in the Short North.

While initial searches have turned up little information about this forthcoming business, we can only assume that this will one day be the sight of a Louisiana-inspired restaurant of some sort.

Then again, the word “Bayou” carries other connotations. Maybe this will be the Short North’s first-ever spot for gator rasslin’. Only time will tell!

614NOW will keep an eye peeled for more info on this business as it becomes available.

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614NOW Fried Chicken Trail: Uncle Nick’s Greek Fried Chicken

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First came the 614NOW Donut Trail. Then, there was the Mac & Cheese Trail. Now, 614NOW is on the hunt for the best fried chicken this city has to offer. Welcome to the 614NOW Fried Chicken Trail!

Uncle Nick’s Greek Fried Chicken

1333 Northwest Blvd

This unpretentious Grandview-area joint is serving up the same fried chicken that made its first location in Warren Ohio a hit since its opening in 1956.

It’s no surprise that the central Ohio Nick’s location is slinging classic fried chicken worthy of its old-school pedigree. Nick’s Greek is exactly what many people long for when they think “fried chicken” – pressure-fried bird that is crispy on the outside and delectably juicy inside.

Be warned – this chicken is so good, you will be locked in that hopeless balancing act of trying to take bites without burning the inside of your mouth.

The crust on Uncle Nick’s chicken is so crispy, it seems like it would never go soft even if you left it in a closed container for an hour. This also means that the juices inside the meat have nowhere to hide, and are perfectly preserved within.

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Fried chicken places are notoriously tight with their secret recipes, but if I had to guess, I’d say that much this chicken’s seasoning comes care of a generous brining. As a result, the meat is salty and mild, allowing the natural flavors of the chicken to shine. Notably, a motto hanging on the wall of the place states, “If the Colonel had our recipe, he’d be a general.” I find no fault in this statement.

Was there just grease on the lens, or was this chicken actually glowing?

Uncle Nick’s is the kind of spot you’ll want to take a friend who has never experienced “real deal” fried chicken. While I preferred the dark meat (owner/operator Andrew Cleary was kind enough to hook me up with a half-bird’s worth of pieces) all of it was head-and-shoulders above any fast-food chains in terms of texture and flavor.

Ratings:
Aroma:🍗🍗🍗🍗 (4/5 drumsticks)
Flavor: 🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗 (5/5)
Seasoning: 🍗🍗🍗🍗 (4/5)
Crispiness: 🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗 (5/5)
Overall Experience: 🍗🍗🍗🍗🍗 (5/5)

Uncle Nick’s Fried Chicken scores a hearty 23/25 on our rating scale. Get out there and see for yourself why this spot is a favorite catering option for the Ohio State Buckeyes Football squad!

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