Beer, beans and burlesque, in many ways, sum up the scene at Bossy Grrl's Pin Up Joint in North Campus.
The sassy saloon, 2598 N. High St., features a variety of coffee drinks, craft beers and flamboyant striptease acts without the nudity.
Bossy Grrl's is owned by first-time entrepreneurs Amber Myers and Sandy Rollins, partners and Clintonville residents who wanted to flaunt their individual personalities at the bar.
The narrow storefront has a 13-seat bar, tin patterned ceiling, exposed brick, and a tiled floor. It's filled with burlesque decor and other whimsical flourishes. The restrooms, for example, are labeled "heads" and "tails," and the floors are stuck with pennies.
The tavern gets its name from Rollins' stage name, Bossy Grrl. Her troupe, Sex Kitten Purrlesque, will kick off the first burlesque show April 6. Following that, shows will be held the second Saturday of each month. In the meantime, entertainment includes live bands, trivia and karaoke.
There are a dozen craft beers on tap and 11 by the bottle. The menu has a limited number of items, including sandwiches, hummus, Turkish salad on grilled bread, and sides -- spicy Asian noodle salad and loaded baked potato, both from nearby Weiland's Gourmet Market.
Bossy Grrl pays homage to the King with two sandwich choices: the "Elvis," with peanut butter, banana and bacon; and the "Elvis impersonator," which offers "facon," a vegetarian substitute.
Bossy Grrl's gets its coffee from Caffe Apropos in Harrison West. The owners have applied for a license to sell wine and hope to offer spirituous liquor in the future.
The place is open lunch through late-night hours daily. For more information, call 614-725-5402.
Amul India is relocating a few miles north on Sawmill Road.
The restaurant will take over 4,200 square feet of space at 5871 Sawmill Road in the Cranston Center. A mid-April opening is planned.
To recap: Amul was located at 7676 Sawmill Road in the Olde Sawmill Square, where it built up a loyal following for 10 years. But the shopping center's property owner, Casto, gave tenants the pink slip to make way for a new retail concept under development.
Lakhvir Singh Hayer, Amul's chef and owner, said customer support moved him to find a new spot. The new space is bigger, he said, and has seating for 100. There also is a private banquet space.
The local growth of Japanese steakhouses shows no signs of slowing down, as evidenced by the opening of Ajisai in the Mill Run area.
The restaurant, which takes over the former Lone Star Steakhouse at 3939 Ridge Mill Drive, has 10 shiny new hibachi tables, plus a traditional dining room, sushi bar and full-service bar.
Managing partner Ann Zheng said investors chose the Mill Run area because of its lack of teppenyaki style of dining.
"There's a lot of demand out there," she said.
Ajisai also tries to fly in as many different varieties of fresh fish as possible. Recent options included striped bass, live scallops for sashimi, and aji, a type of mackerel.
The menu also includes many Japanese staples, including teriyaki, tempura and noodle dishes.
Ajisai is open for lunch and dinner daily. For more information, call 614-777-6138.
Clintonville's food scene continues to broaden. Wang's Teriyaki has opened at 4330 N. High St., just south of Henderson Road. The mostly carryout restaurant, which has a few tables inside, offers a broad array of teriyaki dishes, ranging from vegetable ($9.95) to lobster and scallop, the most expensive, at $20.95.
General Tso's also is offered, as well as a smattering of sides.
The place is open for lunch and dinner hours daily. For more information, call 614-261-8881.