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bonoPIZZA founder turns his attention to tacos

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Jake Wilch cooks wood-fired pizza at bonoPIZZA in the Grandview Heights area. Wilch recently bought the restaurant from Bill Yerkes.
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Bill Yerkes plans to do with tacos what he's done for pizza.

The founder of bonoPIZZA said he will sell his shop and launch a new enterprise: topoTACOS in the Short North

Yerkes wouldn't divulge the location because he hasn't signed a lease. He hopes to be open sometime in January.

He said his plan is to offer 30 to 40 taco variations, some with his trademark flair.

"You have no idea what I have planned," he said.

Tortillas will be made from scratch.

"You can watch the tortillas being made in the front window," he said.

The plan is to charge $2 per taco.

Yerkes, who founded bono-PIZZA nearly 20 years ago, is selling the pizzeria to current manager Jake Wilch.

"I'm excited about it," Wilch said. He said he's been with the store since it relocated more than two years ago to the unassuming half of a convenience store at 1717 Northwest Blvd.

He said Yerkes has been a great mentor.

"He's taught me a lot about looking out for others before you look out for yourself," Wilch said.

Yerkes has been in the pizza business for more than 30 years. His concept is an ultra-casual, offbeat Neapolitan-style pizzeria offering an array of toppings and a thin crust.

He arrived in central Ohio about 20 years ago and has moved the pizzeria several times before settling in its current location in the Grandview Heights area.

Wilch said he doesn't plan any major changes at bono-PIZZA, which is open dinner hours only six days a week, closed Tuesday. For more information, call 614-906-8646.

 

The name change is complete: the Inn Between is now the Hungry Soul Cafe.

Owners George and Anita Keller have given the Downtown restaurant a minor facelift and made some changes to the menu.

First off, Hungarian specialties are served on Mondays at Hungry Soul, 30 S. Young St. Meanwhile, Wednesday is soul food day.

Specials have included shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, and ham steaks, collard greens and cabbage.

"We would like to expand it but we've got to get people used to it," Mrs. Keller said.

They've also introduced the "hungry soul" sandwich: house-shaved pastrami, pickled onions, brown mustard and Swiss on grilled marble rye. Mrs. Keller said they've also added some healthful options to the menu.

 

Central Ohio's third Wine Bistro is opening in Clintonville. It will occupy 4,000 square feet of space of a new addition to the Fifth/Third Bank building at the northeast corner of High Street and Henderson Road.

Bill Dargusch, a partner with Metropolitan Partners, which developed the project, said the bistro should open the first quarter of 2013.

Like the other two Wine Bistros, the Clintonville location will offer small plates, flatbreads, salads, desserts and thousands of wines from which to choose, said Dargusch, also a partner of City Brands LLC, the restaurant investment group that developed the Wine Bistro concepts.

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