Mark Dempsey said his restaurant is ready to fill a void left by the closing of the Clarmont, a Columbus institution for 65 years.

Mark Dempsey said his restaurant is ready to fill a void left by the closing of the Clarmont, a Columbus institution for 65 years.

Dempsey's Restaurant, 346 S. High St., is poised to attract the judges, lawyers, politicians, businessmen and VIPs who gathered at the nearby Clarmont to dine, socialize and wheel and deal.

"Those are big shoes to fill," Dempsey said of the Clarmont, which closed at 648 S. High St. in January. "But we are catering to that clientele."

Dempsey's, which opened for business March 15 at High and Mound streets, is in the downtown political hub, across from the new Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and cattycorner to the county municipal court.

For more on this story, see the March 29 edition of ThisWeek's Table Talk.

- Gary Seman Jr./ThisWeek