Dublin long has had a sterling reputation as a premium place to live, work and raise a family.

Its restaurant scene has caught up.

The city keeps adding venues at a furious pace, and with some impressive existing spots, it has become one of the top dining destinations in all of central Ohio.

"Dublin is a pretty large community," said Chris Crader, the owner of Grow Restaurants who opened his third Harvest Pizzeria in Dublin's historic downtown a year ago. "I think they've got a lot of options and are pretty loyal to the options they have, which is great. They support small businesses such as mine."

Harvest joined Tucci's, Brazenhead, Oscar's of Dublin and Dublin Village Tavern, four staples along High Street in Dublin's historic district.

"It felt very natural for us to be there and feels like we've been there longer than a year, for sure," Crader said.

Craig Barnum, whose restaurant group owns Tucci's and Matt the Miller's Tavern, one of which is on Avery-Muirfield Drive, said restaurateurs were knocking on the door for years but the lack of retail storefronts kept everyone at bay.

"The space just wasn't there," he said.

Bridge Park, a new and massive mixed-use development on the east side of the Scioto River, has added several new restaurants, including Ram Restaurant & Brewery, Cap City Fine Diner and Bar, Local Cantina and Fado Irish Pub, and more are expected to join them.

Jeff Tsao has opened his second Fukuryu Ramen in Bridge Park; the other is in Upper Arlington.

The Fukuryu owner said he credits Dublin officials for making the development feel like it's part of the city by planning a pedestrian bridge to span the Scioto, connecting the historic downtown with Bridge Park.

"There are a lot of things happening that are fantastic for the area," Tsao said. "And restaurants go wherever people are."

On the downtown side of the river at Bridge Park West, residential, retail use and ample parking lots -- the lack of which has been a complaint by patrons for years -- are under construction.

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, which owns Cap City, plans to open the Avenue Steak Tavern in the development next year. Hudson-based 3 Palms Pizzeria also will join the tenant mix.

Dublin's restaurants also have an international flair.

To name a few, Fukuryu Ramen joins Mr. Sushi, Sushi.Com, Menya Ramen, Kabuki Korean Restaurant and Sushi Bar, J. Liu Restaurant & Bar and Pita Int. in the city of 41,000 people.

The city's Avery-Muirfield Drive corridor has developed, too.

Not far from Matt the Miller's is Napa Kitchen & Bar, which is long on wine, casual food and feel-good vibes.

"I think in general one of the reasons we liked before we opened there is it seemed to be one part of town where the population was probably underserved in terms of restaurant uses," said Napa owner Tim Rollins, also a principal of local developer Metropolitan Partners. "I think what you're seeing now is a lot of catch-up. I think you're seeing that market fill in."

Barnum said the city has room for additional dining venues, particularly those that are family-friendly.

"Obviously, there's more competition," he said. "Restaurants continue to do very, very well. We've seen little change in business."

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Tupelo Doughnuts has added another food truck in advance of opening a storefront in Columbus' Clintonville neighborhood.

Owner Kimberly Payne said the two trucks are on the go around town, selling Tupelo's brand of custom doughnuts.

The Clintonville storefront, meanwhile, is slated to open in January at 4330 N. High St.

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Half Pint Bar & Restaurant has opened in the Arena District at 415 N. Front St.

The restaurant, from the same operators of the Pint Room in Dublin and Half Pint in Marysville, offers an expansive selection of draft and bottled beers and familiar menu items, such as burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads.

Half Pint also features a Sunday brunch.

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The Brass Tap in Polaris Fashion Place has changed hands.

New owner Bharat Chhabria has renovated the pub and changed the format to include a focus on local craft beer, new menu items and lunch hours.

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