Central Ohio's first McAlister's Deli will open the first week of May in the Dublin area.
The restaurant will take over 4,000 square feet of space at 7664 Sawmill Road in the Olde Sawmill Square, where a Walmart is under construction.
Purvi Desai is the managing partner of franchisee Columbus Mc Deli LLC.
The restaurant chain, which now has 300 locations in 23 states, was founded in 1989 in Oxford, Miss. It is headquart-ered in both Ridgeland, Miss., and Alpharetta, Ga.
The quick-serve concept is known for its salads, soups, stuffed baked potatoes and made-to-order sandwiches served on artisan breads.
McAlister's also is known for its sweet tea, made with a rainforest-certified black-tea blend, sweetened with cane sugar, not high-fructose corn syrup.
It is brewed several times a day to maintain the quality flavor and freshness, the company's website said.
The Dublin location will be the sixth overall in Ohio.
"Right now we are just focusing on one (in central Ohio), but we will be growing more," Desai said.
The long-awaited Prohibition Gastro Lounge should open by month's end in Powell.
Owner Elton Sargent attributed delays to unexpected construction issues in the 4,000-square-foot building, built in 1901.
The pub, 21 W. Olentangy St., will feature two distinct areas: a quiet lounge on the first floor and a high-energy sports bar on the second floor.
Each space is outfitted with a full bar featuring many craft beers on tap and by the bottle and a signature cocktail program using fresh-squeezed juices and homemade syrups and tonics. The menu is described as high-end bar food.
Central Ohio's second El Jalapeno opened recently in the old Graffiti Burger location, 7561 Sawmill Road.
The concept, which got its start two years ago in the University City Shopping Center, offers burritos, tacos, bowls, quesadillas and other familiar fresh-Mex fare.