Reynoldsburg City Council's safety committee agreed last week to approve a liquor license for a Meijin Japanese Steakhouse.

Reynoldsburg City Council's safety committee agreed last week to approve a liquor license for a Meijin Japanese Steakhouse.

Development director Lucas Haire said the restaurant is moving into a space at 2418 Taylor Park Drive, which is in an outlot in front of the new Target Department store.

He said the city has not received any other paperwork from the business yet, but an application for a liquor permit is a good sign.

"They're applying for the liquor permit, which means they intend to locate there, and they have a sign on the south side of Interstate 70 on Route 256 saying 'Meijin Japanese Steakhouse Coming Soon,' so it indicates their intentions to go forward," he said.

"The liquor permit is not really the story here, but it's another new business opening up," he said.

Haire said the Meijin Japanese Steakhouse applied for D-5 and D-6 liquor permits which were approved without objection by the safety committee.

The permit requests now go back to the Ohio Department of Liquor Control for its review and final approval.

A D-5 permit allows the sale of beer, liquor and wine, for on-premise or off-premise use in the original sealed containers until 2:30 a.m., according to Haire. He said a A D-6 permit allows Sunday sales and for liquor sales between 1 p.m. and midnight.

The owner of the 10,000-square-foot building is North Star Realty. Company representative Jason Zadeh cautioned that he has not finalized any paperwork with the restaurant but said the liquor permit approval is a step in the right direction.

Zadeh said three spaces are available in the building. He said he could not say who might occupy the other two spaces because the deals are being worked out, but he said they will be heavy-hitters.

"Not to be furtive about this, but there is a tenant we currently have signed, and we are working on the last remaining space but as for who the tenants are, I would be outside my bounds to announce them now," Zadeh said.

"They've got major marketing programs, etc., and they'll go public when they are ready to make those announcements," he said. "I would be out of turn if I started announcing them."

As for Meijin, Zadeh said officials may be able to announce an opening date once all the paperwork is completed.

He said the restaurant is not a franchise but a sole proprietorship. The Reynoldsburg location would be the third such restaurant to open in Ohio, he said.

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