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Tap house with veto-proof menu likes Grandview area

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COURTESY OF MILLER'S ALE HOUSE
This is an interior shot of Miller's Ale House. The Jupiter, Fla.-based company is opening a store at 1201 Olentangy River Road by the end of the year.
By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Central Ohio's latest tap-beer haven will be located in the Grandview Heights area.

Miller's Columbus Ale House, part of a 65-unit chain based in Jupiter, Fla., will occupy a 9,500-square-foot standalone building at 1201 Olentangy River Road.

The restaurant is part of a larger development project at the northwest corner of Olentangy River Road and Third Avenue, where Lyon Video once was located but since has been razed.

Miller's should be open by the end of the year, said J.R. Kyes, director of real estate and development for the chain.

The place is known for its casual ambience and extensive menu of traditional American fare: steaks, chops, seafood, burgers, salads and the like.

"It eliminates the veto vote because we have something for everybody," said Kyes, who said the average check is $13.

Signature dishes include "zingers," boneless fried chicken wings that come with a variety of sauces; and Capt. Jack's Buried Treasure, an ice-cream cake dessert.

As its name suggests, the place will have an extensive selection of beer -- two bars each will have 48 beers on tap, many of them from local brew houses, as well as many by-the-bottle selections. Miller's itself does not brew beer, Kyes said.

The place will seat 300 and will include a patio, equipped with a fireplace and a fire pit.

This will be the first Miller's in Ohio. Kyes said the company is looking at additional locations in central Ohio, as well as the Cleveland and Cincinnati markets.

Jack and Claire Miller opened the first Ale House restaurant in 1988 in Jupiter, Fla. It has since expanded to eight other states. The chain's growth plan is to build eight to 12 units per year for the foreseeable future.

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