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Charleys Philly Steaks opens first-of-its-kind store in Whitehall

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Charleys Philly Steaks founder and CEO Charley Shin opened his first store on the Ohio State University campus in 1986 while working toward a degree in business administration. Today, Charleys operates over 600 locations, serving up the “#1 cheesesteak in the world.”

Still headquartered in Columbus, Charleys remains committed to bringing quality food options to diners in Central Ohio and beyond. Today, the latest example of these efforts opened in the community of Whitehall, where a unique new Charleys store is changing the model for the popular chain.

Utilizing modern construction techniques, the new Charleys store is constructed from four commercial shipping containers that have combined to form a single structure. The novel new style of building is the first of its kind for the company.

Along with the groundbreaking new construction techniques on display in its new store, the opening of the Whitehall Charleys also exhibits a new approach to business, as well as some enticing new menu options.

“Charleys has long been known for the number one cheesesteak in the world. We have a rich 35 year history. That being said, most of our stores are located in mall food courts,” explains Charleys Chief Marketing Officer Ron Schuller. “This is the start of Charleys really starting to branch out of the mall to standalone stores, and in that concept, creating a different destination. We’ve added an entire chicken selection featuring wings and boneless wings as well, and we’ll continue to develop that as we move forward.”

Just like the first location on OSU campus back in the day, Charleys is sure to be a hit in its new standalone spot in Whitehall.

“The demand for this concept in this area has been strong, and the Whitehall community has been a great partner to us,” says Schuller. “We’re very enthusiastic about finally getting to this point and getting to welcome guests into this store.”

Visit the new Charleys today at 3849 E. Broad Street in Whitehall.

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Rye In July

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Rye in July featuring the Algonquin! We teamed up with Brown-Forman, Woodford Reserve, and local bartender Ben Griest from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo for this tasty Rye, perfect for July! Today's Rye is featuring the Algonquin, with notes of spice, tobacco, and fruit balanced throughout this cocktail - it's sure to please!

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Milestone 229 overcomes 2020 challenges, to reopen soon

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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.

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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 venue revamped for the summer as well. You can view it here.

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And the winner of the (614) National Ice Cream Month poll is…

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Columbus has been a culinary hotspot for pretty much the entire 21st century. But what if we told you that you, Columbus, were just as obsessed with fine dining as you are with devouring ice cream?

Jeni’s. Whit’s. Greater’s. The list goes on. But out of the everlasting, Willy Wonka-esque fountain of ice cream stores that exist in Columbus, which one is the favorite of (614) readers?

In reverse order, here are the top seven ice cream choices in Columbus!

7. Cream & Sugar – 2185 Sullivant Ave.

6. Velvet Ice Cream – Your favorite grocer

5. United Dairy Farmers – EVERYWHERE

4. Johnson’s Real Ice Cream – 2728 E. Main St.; 55 W. Bridge St., Dublin; 160 W. Main St., New Albany

3. Whit’s Frozen Custard – Find Ohio locations here

2. Jeni’s Ice Cream – Find Columbus locations here

And after 12 rounds, the winner of the (614) ice cream championship belt is…

1. Graeter’s Ice Cream – Find Ohio locations here.

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And it just so happens that Graeter’s is celebrating its 150th birthday this month! Celebrate in style with them by buying this specialty birthday cake ice cream. In addition to selling the ice cream online and at a Graeter’s near you, you’ll also be able to pick some up at Kroger, Giant Eagle, The Fresh Market, Dorothy Lane Market, or Jungle Jim’s.

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