The Crafty Pint is the latest tavern in central Ohio to serve up distinctive homemade fare in a rustic environment, with a full range of microbrews on tap and signature cocktails.
But some little touches -- checks delivered in original Dr. Seuss books and children's meals served in lunchboxes -- hopefully will help the restaurant earn its "crafty" title, owners said.
Crafty Pint in Linworth is the fourth restaurant opened by Jason and Michelle Lusk, the couple who founded three Rude Dog Bar and Grills.
The restaurant takes over the space most recently occupied by Gallo's Pit BBQ and, for a long time, Hoggy's.
General Manager Steve Spangler said the interior is highlighted by brick, corrugated metal, freshly upholstered chairs and thick tables made of repurposed wood from 100-year-old barns near the shores of Lake Erie.
The centerpiece of the bar is the copper beer delivery system, which has 40 taps -- 29 dedicated to local breweries.
There are two patios, one on the south side of the building that will be used for a waiting area, and a larger space on the west side of the restaurant that is being enclosed to be used year-round, with the help of a fireplace and heating element, Jason Lusk said.
The menu concentrates on small plates, known as "sharables," all in the $6 to $11 range. Among them is the pork potato skins -- braised pork, bacon, smoked cheddar, green onion and a sriracha sour cream.
Meatballs using beef and chorizo are nestled in a creamy tomato sauce. Mussels get a Thai touch, with ginger, sauce, basil and toasted coconut.
There are just a few dinner entrees, such as the turkey leg, which is brined for 24 hours, smoked and touched up with red onion confit, jus and asparagus.
Customers can dig into shrimp and grits, blueberry-glazed salmon and a 14-ounce boneless ribeye, which, as with the beef in all dishes, is all-natural and hormone free. Prices are $10 to $28.
"It's a wide variety," Spangler said. "We're hoping anybody can come in here and pick something."
Crafty Pint is located at 2234 W. Dublin-Granville Road, on the northeast corner of Dublin-Granville and Linworth Road.
Lusk said he's pleased that Linworth Crossing, a 40,000-square-foot retail center is going in across the street, heightening the profile of the already busy intersection. It will replace the vacant Segna Motors, a Volvo dealership.
Crafty Pint is open dinner hours only Monday through Friday and for lunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday. It's also open late-night hours Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 614-486-1675.
Harrison's on Kenny will open in a week or so in the vacant Brewsky's Sports Bar, 4510 Kenny Road.
It's a follow up to Harrison's on Third, a neighborhood spot in Harrison West.
Rich Folk, assistant general manager, said the interior has been reconfigured to include a separate room for billiards and other games and a private banquet area. The bar area has been reworked and now features 24 beers on tap and a large selection by the bottle.
The original plan was for Yogi's to take over the 6,000-square-foot bar, but that deal apparently never materialized.
Speaking of the Northwest Side, Curry & Sweets has replaced Sher-e-Punjab at 1140 Kenny Center Mall.
The restaurant specializes in cuisines from North and South India, and Bangladesh. There is a daily lunch buffet and a la carte dinners in the evening.
Curry & Sweets is owned by Mohammed Abu, Sanjive Dey and Mohammed Shamsul Miah. Most entrees cost between $10 and $15.
An important note for the late-lunch or early-dinner crowd: The restaurant closes between 3 and 5 p.m. daily.