Popular Short North steakhouse rebranding, becoming late-night spot for drinks and gourmet street tacos
Formerly Urban Chophouse, the Short North eatery that is now known as Chophouse 614 is getting a rebrand.
According to owner and operator Shawn Shanazi, the steakhouse will soon become a new concept known as Santos.
“When we bought [Chophouse 614] the original idea was to do a new concept that’s more fresh and hip, but we wanted to get to know the city and the neighborhood first,” Shanazi said. “We want to create a concept now that keeps the same high-end decor and style, but is more affordable.”
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Santos will retain approximately 60-70 percent of the Chophouse 614 menu, but will introduce a host of new, less-expensive items. These includes several culinary burgers, flatbreads, new pasta dishes, in addition to a number of “gourmet street tacos” made using lobster, short rib, steak and more.
“We still want people to feel like they can get an upscale experience, but we want to make that happen for 30 to 50 bucks per person,” he said.
Much of the decor will stay the same, as Shanazi noted he wants to retain the high-end style that was created when he updated the interior of the steakhouse last year. Tiki glasses will be added, in addition to several approachable touches around the restaurant, like a flower wall.
Additionally, Shanazi hopes to turn Santos into a late-night hub for drinks in the Short North, introducing early a.m. closures and even live Djs, although this, he said “won’t be overly loud like a nightclub.”
Chophouse 614 will close this Saturday. The soft opening of Santos will be held on April 14, with a grand opening scheduled for April 22.
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