The Daily Growler and Big Mamma's Burritos are the newest roommates in Columbus' Brewery District.

The craft-beer and modern-Mexican concepts opened for business last week at 702 S. High St.

"We aren't qualified and haven't run a kitchen -- and apparently, people like to eat when they drink," said John W. Blakely, who founded the Daily Growler in 2012 in Upper Arlington.

A second Daily Growler location opened in 2014 in Powell, but neither one has food service.

But the two-story Brewery District store has Big Mamma's, which leases a small kitchen inside.

"I absolutely love what the Daily Growler is doing," said Quinn Schaller, founder of Big Mamma's. "I'm a craft-beer lover. When the opportunity presented itself, I was really interested."

The first Big Mamma's, which is attached to a craft-beer carryout, is in Athens. Central Ohio has two locations: one on Grandview Avenue and the other inside Hendoc's Pub in the University District.

It will start with menus offered at the other three Big Mamma's locations and then "get a feel from the customers and start transforming things a bit," Schaller said.

The quick-serve, budget-priced menu ($6.75 for a 24-ounce burrito or $4.25 for 12 ounces) includes more than a dozen signature burritos, including vegetarian options ($6.75) and such assorted snacks and sides as salads, nachos and chips and salsa.

The new Daily Growler location has 40 beer taps and four wine taps -- an even split between reds and whites -- on the ground level and 20 taps upstairs.

Like the other stores, the space has taken on a minimalist urban look, with exposed brick and a visible ventilation system, wooden floors and a stainless-steel tap system.

"There's definitely not going to be any neon beer (signs)," Blakely said. "I think the space looks very attractive the way it is, so we didn't want to clutter it."

Seating capacity is 30 downstairs and 50 upstairs.

A retractable window opens to the main patio out front. Out back, also on the first level, is a patio with a fire pit. Upstairs, patrons will find a furnished patio with a roof and another that's standing-room only.

Blakely said he is happy to be in an urban space on such an active part of High Street.

Recent additions include Local Cantina and Smoked on High. Locally based Seventh Son Brewing Co. plans to open a taproom in the old German Village Antiques site at 716 S. High St., just south of the Daily Growler.

"This was on our radar," Blakely said of the neighborhood.

The businesses' hours will be 3 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 614-706-2749.


A vacant site in Lewis Center that has been home to several restaurants over the years has a new tenant.

Iguanas Fresh Mexican Grill, a fast-casual restaurant, is in the midst of a remodeling process in the old Kohinoor Indian Cuisine, 76 W. Powell Road, near U.S. Route 23.

Joel Aguirre, who owns Iguanas with Omar Garcia, said the restaurant would serve burritos, tacos, tortas and other Mexican food in the 122-seat space.

Most prices will be $8 to $12.

Aguirre said the opening is about two months away.

A drive-thru window will be reactivated after the restaurant opens, he said.


Flashes of fire and utensil gymnastics have returned to 5874 Sawmill Road, but under a different name.

Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse is replacing Genji Japanese Steakhouse at the location.

Genji Japanese Steakhouse has another location near Reynoldsburg, plus six Genji Go locations that offer express-style service in central Ohio.

Kyoto is similar to its previous occupant, but the restaurant has undergone an update. The remodeling effort has included granite countertops at the teppanyaki grills, new flooring and a new color scheme and seating configuration.

The menu will offer more sushi options -- signature rolls, nigiri and sashimi -- and additional Japanese entrees cooked in the kitchen.