The vacant Michael's Goody Boy Drive-In in the Short North will make way for another restaurant with a strong Columbus presence.
Local restaurateur Jimmy Velio will open his fifth Jimmy V's on the site, 1144 N. High St.
He said the Goody Boy closed about a year ago and he's since been working with the Italian Village Commission and the city to reconfigure the site. His original intention was to bulldoze the building and put another one up in its place.
But that idea was rejected, so he will save the faade and add another 1,400 square feet of space to the north, bringing the total to about 2,900 square feet. A 1,600-square-foot patio will be part of the space. The total project will cost $500,000 to $700,000, he said.
Jimmy V's is known for its casual atmosphere and menu. Velio said he doesn't know when the restaurant will open.
Central Ohio will welcome another Japanese steakhouse around the holiday season.
Mikado will take over about 4,700 square feet of space in the Westpointe Plaza on the Far West Side.
The restaurant, 5126 Rome-Hilliard Road, is located next to the Starplex Cinemas. Mikado, owned by Khue "Tommy" Tran, will seat 146. Tran said it will offer traditional Japanese steakhouse fare, as well as sushi. Prices will range from $7.99 to $30, Tran said.
It will be open for lunch and dinner.
Mimi's Cafe in Polaris has just added an 840-square-feet patio, which seats 28. The opening coincides with the rollout of a new small-plates menu and some seasonal dishes. The patio is non-smoking. The restaurant, 1428 Polaris Parkway, is owned by Bob Evans Inc.