Power tools are still humming at Jason's, but the buzz you feel when you walk in the door is one of anticipation.

Power tools are still humming at Jason's, but the buzz you feel when you walk in the door is one of anticipation.

"From my perspective, I'm excited because people in the community are so excited about it," said Kara Cappellano, director of catering for Jason's of Worthington, 6880 N. High St.

The new restaurant is scheduled to open in early August, though owner Jason Liu is hesitant to name a day, allowing for last-minute delays.

He has also gotten a feeling that Worthington is excited about its new restaurant. As he works outside, people stop by and comment about the beauty of the building, he said.

"I love this community," he said. "I have made so many friends here over the years."

Liu owned China Way at Worthington Square for 16 years, selling it just last year.

His first Jason's is located in Dublin, but Liu said he has always looked forward to the day when he could expand to Worthington.

"I wanted to make my contribution to the Worthington community," said Liu, who lives in the school district.

The new Jason's has high ceilings, sleek appointments, a round bar, and a patio on the ground floor. The main restaurant can seat 175. Smaller dining areas can also be closed off for private parties.

Upstairs is a grand ballroom with a bar, modern chandeliers, separate meeting rooms, two small "Romeo and Juliet" balconies and a large, round, covered balcony on the south side.

The large balcony has a separate entrance, and may be opened to the public when the restaurant becomes full, Cappellano said.

There have already been two wedding receptions in the ballroom, and Cappellano expects it to become a very popular venue for receptions and for other large gatherings.

More gatherings have already been scheduled for the ballroom and upstairs private dining rooms, and people are already calling to make reservations for the restaurant's opening day, Cappellano said.

The menu will be similar to the upscale, casual fare that has been so popular at the Dublin Jason's, said executive chef Geoffrey Cassidy.

Besides Asian fare, there will be some Italian choices, as well as steaks, chicken, seafood, appetizers and salads.

"Our motto is 'something for everybody,'" he said.