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Pins, 16-Bit open with safety in mind; Columbus 16-Bit opens today

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Have you been wondering how your favorite entertainment facilities are taking extra precautions in keeping you safe upon reopening?

Pins Mechanical Company and 16-Bit Bar+Arcade were two businesses that had people concerned about how and when they’d safely be allowed to invite guests back in due to tight spaces and game pieces that were considered high-touch surfaces. Even when restaurants and bars were initially allowed to re-open in mid-May, the founders of Pins and 16-Bit took a bit longer to assess their situation and evaluate the safest way to bring guests back.

“We had solidified our plan in mid-May and took the time needed to thoroughly review our training processes and implement heightened cleaning protocols for an early June opening,” said Troy Allen, founder and CEO of Rise Brands.

The Columbus and Dublin Pins locations opened their lanes for bowling on June 3, while 16-Bit Bar+Arcade in Dublin unleashed its arcade once again on June 12. The downtown Columbus location is set to open today.

Here’s how they’re making sure their guests feel safe and stay healthy.

Heightened safety procedures

“Before COVID-19, we were rigorous with our cleaning procedures, and, fortunately, we had a lot of the right procedures put in place already. To take our sanitization to the next level, we partnered with CureUV to implement 55W Medical Grade UV sanitizers behind each lane. Each of these UV lights has the capability to sanitize duckpin bowling balls after every roll in under three seconds. This same technology will be used to sanitize our other games, such as ping pong and pinball.”

Troy Allen, founder and CEO of Rise Brands

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Allen added that this technology is something hospitals, airplanes, and Amazon are currently using as a result of COVID-19, “but we had to do a lot of research and testing to make sure that this was the right solution for us.”

Feeling comfortable venturing into a new world

“We’re seeing some people start to venture out and be more social, but this is a new world we’re re-entering, so we are working hard to be the safest and cleanest social spot in town,” Allen said.“Our staff and our guests’ safety and comfortability are most important.”

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Rigorous manual cleansing

“We will have a member of our new ‘Clean Team’ sanitizing games and surfaces around the clock and guests can grab our crew if they want something to be cleaned. We’ll also have gloves available for guests who would prefer to be extra cautious while playing arcade cabinets and consoles,” Allen said. 

Days off for deep cleansing

The 16-Bit and Pins locations in Columbus and Dublin will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for deep cleaning. They will be open every Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m to midnight, Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 2 to 11 p.m.

Learn more about Pins re-opening here and 16-Bit here.

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Rye In July: The Ward 8

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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!

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Barrels, get your whiskey barrels here!

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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]

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

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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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