Two restaurants and a pub received favorable reviews from the city's Architectural Review Board and Municipal Planning Commission on April 12.

Two restaurants and a pub received favorable reviews from the city's Architectural Review Board and Municipal Planning Commission on April 12.

The MPC approved conditional-use permits for Dewey's Pizza, 640 High St., and for the Out Back Pub, which will be in the former Christmas Village shop, 679 High St.

The ARB approved an expansion of the patio at Amano's, the Italian restaurant and bar on the northwest corner of the Shops at Worthington Place.

Slight alterations to the site plan and building materials won Dewey's final architectural review and conditional-use approvals in its second appearance before the board and commission.

The pizza restaurant, with sites throughout Ohio, including one in Grandview Heights, will be built on the southeast corner of High Street and New England Avenue. The old BP station will be demolished.

The one-story brick building will feature an outdoor, public plaza on the corner, with tables and chairs, a seating wall and space for public gatherings, such as the Saturday morning farmers market.

To meet the request of residents, a small dining area with pub-style tables will be added to the building, near the door. Original plans did not show outdoor dining.

ARB chairman Richard Hunter said he had received several phone calls requesting patio seating, where diners could eat and be served beer or wine.

Other changes include making the parking lot behind the building with one-way ingress and egress; decorative pole lights in the lot; two trees removed and evergreens added at the east end of the lot; the removal of siding from the building; and the addition of bike racks.

The Out Back Pub will be small, with seating for 20 to 30 people. No food will be prepared, but owners said they are working with nearby restaurants to arrange to have food prepared and delivered.

The site is behind the Worthington HER office and across from the Worthington Barbershop. Entry will be from the parking lot. The front part of the site, facing the courtyard, will be office space.

Hours will be 4 to 11 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to midnight Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays.

The applicant was listed as Worthington Investment Group. Jim Uhlman, Bob Burpee and Scott Tedrick represented the company at the meeting.

The patio at Amano's will be an extension of the small patio on the west side of the restaurant. It will extend to the north and wrap around the restaurant, with fencing and landscaping enclosing the area.

A fireplace will sit in a corner, and an awning will run along the north side of the building, where a bar and six wall-mounted televisions will be. Thirteen tables are planned for the patio.

ARB member Chris Hermann called the plans "fantastic" but asked for modifications to the fence to make it appear more commercial. City staff members will approve changes to the fence.

"We want traffic all the way around, and we want it to look like a nice, wholesome family place to go," said ARB member Kathy Holcombe.

In other matters, the ARB:

• Approved a fence and other outdoor changes at 701 Evening St.

• Amended plans for an addition and renovations at 685 Morning St.

• Tabled a request for a six-foot, stockade-style fence along the west property line at 242 E. Dublin-Granville Road. Homeowner Sharon Weiss said she wanted the fence for the safety of her grandchildren and to block the view of vehicles parked in the yard next door. Board members said they usually don't approve such fences in the architectural review district.

• Approved a 3-foot rail fence enclosing a yard at 1900 W. Dublin-Granville Road.

• Approved a 4-foot cedar picket fence at 898 Oxford St.

• Approved a landscape plan at 810 Oxford St.

• Approved replacement of parking lot poles and lights at Chase Bank, 50 W. Wilson Bridge Road.

• Denied a pole-mounted satellite dish already in place at the southeast corner of a house at 687 Evening St.

• Approved a new sign at T-Mobile, 7170 N. High St.

• Approved generator modification at Laurel Health Care of North Worthington, 6830 N. High St., and at Laurel Health Care, 1030 High St.