A new restaurant in Powell describes itself as part tavern, part sports pub, with an upscale twist.
Fireside Crafted Food and Spirits opened its doors last week at 9890 Brewster Lane, the former location of the Wedgewood Pub and Grill.
Owners Steve Messinger and Jon Musser gutted, renovated and expanded the 2,800-square-foot space to 4,000 square feet.
A massive two-way stone fireplace is the centerpiece of the new restaurant, which also features a large bar, two outdoor patios and seating for about 150 people inside.
The bar area has large TVs for sports.
Chef Jeffrey Wilson said the restaurant blends elegance with familiarity.
"We wanted it to be comfortable and cozy," Wilson said.
"When the fireplace is going and you have people in here, it really feels like an upscale tavern."
The owners wanted to create a distinct dining experience that's a step up from other taverns in the area, Wilson said.
The menu includes familiar American fare with an infusion of international cuisine.
Entrees range from short ribs and meatloaf to Taipei chicken. The menu also has a range of salads, soups, pastas, flatbreads and sandwiches.
Wilson said the restaurant's cedar-plank salmon is a menu highlight. It's marinated in vodka, brown sugar, salt and pepper, then seared and served on a wood plank.
"Beef brisquette on a biscuit" should become a favorite on the sandwich menu, Wilson said.
The bar has 24 beers on tap, including a number of craft beers that will be changed out regularly.
The drink menu includes a variety of cocktails, including the bacon bloody mary, ginger gin and fireside toasted almond vodka.
Wilson said the wine menu is extensive, with a focus on small boutique wineries.
Fireside also boasts a private party room for up to 25 guests that features a separate outdoor patio and a large VIP "Kings Booth" that seats 20.
The main dining area includes special party tables, including the Chef's Table, where guests can work with the chef to build a special dinner menu and drink list.
"Clients can come talk to me about what kind of menu they want, including a wine or beer that's chosen for their dinner," Wilson said.
The Embers Table is a 12-person booth reserved for parties.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Wilson added the restaurant owners are eager to stay actively involved in the community through philanthropic causes.