Inspired by Rat Pack-era dining, D's Steakhouse offers popular chop house fare.

Inspired by Rat Pack-era dining, D's Steakhouse has opened in downtown Delaware.

Kelly Detweiler, who opened the restaurant Friday with her husband, Jeff, said the dark wood, exposed brick and woodland colors are meant to evoke a time of romance, fun and big eating.

And in Delaware, where the number of burgers served on any given day could very well match the population, it doesn't hurt that meat is on the table.

Specifically, D's serves prime and choice cuts of beef in all the popular options: porterhouse, strip, filet and ribeye, with a choice of sauces, such as barnaise, demi glace and truffle butter. Prices range from $15 to $28.

D's, 29 E. Winter St., seats 134 in 5,000 square feet of space that was home to Manhattan's and La Canard Fortunado, also known as the Lucky Duck.

In recent memory, the city had another steakhouse. Gaylord's on North Sandusky Street made it about six months before closing in 2007. It is now Chandra's Bistro.

Kelly Detweiler, who lives in Delaware, said she believes local residents are broadening their horizons and are tired of driving to Polaris or other points south to indulge in upscale dining.

"I think people are getting out there and trying new things," she said.

"I've got complete faith in Delaware," added chef Josh Dalton, formerly of 8, Elevator and Cotter's. He said customers can expect a well-rounded menu of homemade fare, such as lobster ravioli and mushroom bisque.

Some dishes have a modern edge. For example, the mac 'n' cheese uses wild mushrooms and an infusion of truffle oil.

D's has a bar menu of affordable munchables, such as fresh-cut potato chips, popcorn seasoned with garlic and rosemary, tuna tartare and mini crab cakes.

Customers will have much say on the menu, a flexible document that will accommodate changing tastes, Dalton said.

"We'll definitely give them what they want," he said. "If they want grilled cheese, I'll make it."

Dalton said he hopes to add more seafood to the menu over time.

A familiar face is part of D's: Marie Gammon, formerly of Nova, has been named general manager. She said she is excited about the restaurant's place in the local dining scene.

"First of all, people really want more options," she said. "I think our menu will fit in very well with this town."

The restaurant is open for dinner only five days a week, closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 740-417-4373.

Clarification: In his review of Buffalo Wings & Rings, Gary Seman Jr. wrote the restaurant chain "has returned to the Columbus market after a long hiatus." In fact, the Grove City location has been in operation since 2007 and the Reynoldsburg restaurant opened in January 2008.