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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.


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

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!

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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Rye In July: The Ward 8




We partnered with Brown-Forman, Jack Daniels Rye Whiskey, and local bartender Ben Griest from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to bring a fun twist to your summer cocktails. Rye in July is your go-to weekly drink feature to make while stuck at home for ideas of cocktails. We are featuring The Ward 8 in today's video! This thirst-quenching, summer-ready fresh cocktail is what you need on a hot day like today!

The Ward 8


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Barrels, get your whiskey barrels here!

Julian Foglietti



Middle West Spirits has just announced a new sale program to unload their growing surplus of whiskey barrels. Barrels will be available for pickup and sale from their warehouse, 470 E. Starr Ave., Sat., July 18,  8 a.m. to noon.

Middle West will sell 30-gallon and 53-gallon barrels for $50 and $75 respectively. You may also pick up barrel staves for $3. 

The barrels for sale were used for either bourbon, rye, or wheat whiskey, and the barrel type can be specified upon purchase. 

Whiskey barrels, and bourbon barrels, in particular, have a long history of reuse in spirit aging internationally. This is a wonderful opportunity for home distillers to snag a barrel for their own experimentation. 

And if your skills lie outside of the world of homebrewing, there are more than enough craft possibilities in one of these recycled barrels.. With projects ranging from bars, to chairs and tables, the DIY-er will have endless options for creativity. 

Barrels will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and can also be reserved by emailing the barrel size and whiskey type to [email protected]

Barrel Bar

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Westerville’s Wine Bistro has a new name—reopens Thursday with makeover




Even though City Brands announced that the Wine Bistro in Worthington wouldn’t be returning, there were initial rumors that the Westerville location also wouldn’t be making a comeback.

Original reports were wrong, and City Brands announced the return of the Westerville Wine Bistro, 925 N. State St.,on July 9 after a light remodel. You can find the (614) report on the City Brands reopenings and closings here.

The remodeling isn’t the only thing that’s going to be new about the Wine Bistro in Westerville, though. Or as we should we say now, NAPA Kitchen + Bar. With locations  in Westerville, Dublin, and Montgomery, Ohio,  NAPA Kitchen + Bar is a sister concept to The Wine Bistro.

“We feel the NAPA Kitchen + Bar concept will really appeal to a wide range of guests in Westerville. We wanted to undertake this conversion for quite a while but never found the right time to close down for the renovations,” Tim Rollins, President of The Metropolitan Companies and owner of NAPA kitchen + bar, said in a press release on Thursday.

The restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.

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