Dean Kaumeyer had two jobs he wanted to do before retiring: work in a hardware store and own a restaurant.
He's got the nuts and bolts down on the former, having worked for a year at Zettler Hardware on Kenny Road.
Now, he's accomplishing the latter by opening Deano's Dinner-To-Go, which takes over the former Pizzano's location at 5875 Sawmill Road.
It might seem an unlikely career path for a computer engineer who spent 23 years working in the IT department at Chemical Abstracts Service.
Kaumeyer, who entered the current phase of his life because of a liver transplant, has a more casual attitude about it.
"I've always loved to cook," said Kaumeyer, 52, who lives on the Northwest Side. "I'm not here to make money. I'm here to enjoy cooking."
And, per his no-frills business model, Deano's is pretty much about cooking. The store has no dine-in seating and no menu. Patrons are asked to call ahead to place orders.
"I wanted to keep it simple," he said.
Deano's offers a nightly and weekly meal, all posted on his website: www.deanosdinnertogo.com.
"You come in the night you like," he said.
The big seller right now is a big square of lasagna. Other dishes include apricot chicken, stuffed bell peppers and cioppino, the seafood stew. Most dishes are $8 with price breaks for larger orders, he said.
Kaumeyer, a Lancaster native and Ohio State University graduate, said he's been cooking all of his life but stepped up his game in recent years, cooking big comfort-food meals for neighbors and his two children, both of whom are now in college.
He said his place is all about value.
"Portions are big," he said.
Deano's is open dinner hours six days a week, closed Sunday. For more information, call 614-570-9734.
Nepalese will soon become part of the ever-growing mix of ethnic fare available in central Ohio.
Namaste, which will serve the exotic cuisine, is expected to open the first week of August at 1279 Morse Road in a shopping center at the southeast corner of Morse and Maize roads.
It will seat 65.
Owner Kamal Khanal said the menu will have mostly popular Indian dishes, plus Indochinese and a few Nepalese entrees, "which are something different, but somewhat the same" as other food from the region.
There will be daily lunch and dinner buffets, plus an a la carte menu where individual entrees will cost no more than $10 each, Khanal said.
Namaste (pronounced nah-mah-stay), a Nepalese greeting and salutation, will open without alcohol.
Yi's Bento Express, a companion enterprise to Yi's Relaxation Station, will replace Yogi Perogi at 1413 Grandview Ave.
The house specialty is sushi, offered individually or part of Japanese-style bento, a compartmentalized tray containing other tidbits, such as rice and vegetables.
Other Asian dishes, from udon noodles to General Tso's chicken, will be served up at Yi's, a carryout-only business.
Most dishes are inexpensive, costing $6 to $10. The place also will be open for breakfast. Delivery will be part of the business plan shortly after opening.
Orion Trifoni, owner of Panini Opa on Bethel Road, is opening another Greek-Italian concept in Uptown Westerville.
The restaurant, which remains unnamed, will occupy 3,200 square feet of space at 7 N. State St., next to Graeter's. A fall opening is planned for the eatery, which will seat 85 to 90.
Trifoni said it will be a "fresh" model, with lighter, healthy fare. Individual dishes will be priced less than $10.
One of the highlights: Homemade gyros, using a rotisserie-cooked mix of pork, beef and lamb.
He said it will have a beer and wine license but no liquor.