The ninth Rusty Bucket restaurant in central Ohio is scheduled to open this fall at Hilliard's new Gateway development at the northwest corner of Cemetery Road and Britton Parkway.
The announcement was made Feb. 26. It followed the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission's Feb. 13 approval of a 10,000-square-foot commercial building, a portion of which the Rusty Bucket will occupy.
Sean Cullen, who represented Continental Real Estate at the Feb. 13 meeting, told commission members to expect an announcement concerning one of the tenants.
"We plan to be open in time for the holiday season," said Gary Callicoat, president and founder of the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern.
The 4,500-square-foot location in Hilliard will be typical of the footprint of the other central Ohio locations, Callicoat said.
"It will be modeled after our locations at Gahanna and Easton," he said.
The Hilliard location will have seating for 212 patrons, including a private 24-guest dining room for business, community and social gatherings.
The location will also showcase garage doors that open to an all-seasons patio with a fire pit.
"We are thrilled to have found, finally, the right location for us in Hilliard," Callicoat said.
Hilliard Economic Development Director David Meeks said the Rusty Bucket is a "perfect fit" for the Gateway development.
"I've been talking (to the Rusty Bucket) owners about coming to Hilliard when were developing (the Trueman Boulevard property)" almost 10 years ago, Meeks said.
Meeks said the restaurant's location will be mutually beneficial to Hilliard and the Rusty Bucket. In addition to a Giant Eagle store, the Gateway development will include two 45,000-square-foot OhioHealth medical centers and apartments in close proximity to the restaurant.
Verizon Wireless, at 5000 Britton Parkway, also is less than a mile away. About 1,500 Verizon employees are moving to the location from Dublin and 500 jobs will be created.
Christy Clark, executive director of Destination Hilliard, said she was thrilled to learn Rusty Bucket was opening at the Gateway development.
"We need more restaurants like this, especially in that area of Hilliard," Clark said.
Such amenities are needed, Clark said, for the increasing number of employees in the area.
Clark said she has been delivering welcome kits to new employees moving into the Verizon office on Britton Parkway.
The kits include marketing material and information about the city, including area restaurants.
"The Rusty Bucket going in there is a great fit," Clark said.