Revelry Tavern has opened in the Dublin Village Center with a party-hearty spirit and a crafted pub menu.

Taking over the former Average Joe's Pub & Grill at 6711 Dublin Center Drive in Dublin, Revelry is intended to hit the sweet spot between upscale and ultracasual, said Blaise Antonio, who owns the tavern with Rich Spagna.

"We're looking to shoot that middle," Antonio said.

Based in the plaza opposite the AMC Dublin Village 18 movie theater, the 4,000-square-foot Revelry has 18 beers on tap -- Bud Light being the only noncraft choice -- and a signature cocktail list, complete with fresh-squeezed juices and homemade syrups.

The menu also offers a mix of innovative comfort food and tavern classics, such as cheeseburger sliders, triple-cheese mac 'n' cheese, short ribs and grilled cheese on sourdough, mini banh mi sandwiches with shredded pork and a shrimp po' boy.

Customers have the choice of three homemade sauces for their chicken wings: traditional Buffalo, tikka masala and Korean barbecue.

"We've got to do something to stand out," Antonio said.

The tavern has a few vegetarian options, such as the roasted Brussels sprouts salad and grilled eggplant muffuletta.

Nothing exceeds $11.

Both Antonio and Spagna are veterans of the local restaurant-and-bar scene. Spagna was the owner of Donerick's Pub, which preceded Average Joe's in the Dublin Village Center. Antonio honed his skills behind the bar and as a front-of-the-house manager at Donerick's.

They had been searching for a spot for at least six months but nothing came through. Their Dublin Village Center location is near the new Bridge Park development, the theater and the busy Sawmill Road corridor, Antonio said.

"We've been very anxious to get something going," he said.

Revelry's kitchen hours will be 3 to 11 p.m. Mondays, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 614-389-7910.

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Following an aggressive 2 1/2-year growth plan, Middle West Spirits is scheduled to open the doors to its restaurant Thursday, Oct. 5, in Columbus' Weinland Park neighborhood.

Ryan Lang and Brady Konya own Middle West Spirits.

Part of Middle West's 10,000-square-foot complex at 1230 Courtland Ave., the dinner-only establishment will serve "nostalgic contemporary cuisine," said Karen Reed, general manager of the restaurant.

The dishes will be the creations of Avishar Barua, chef of Veritas Tavern and 1808 American Bistro, both in downtown Delaware.

Reed said he will create a rustic "Michelone Marzetti," a take on Johnny Marzetti using homemade pasta, and heritage recipes for meatballs and sauce. Barua also loves fast food, so customers should be on the lookout for a gordita and a General Tso's recipe that uses pork spare-rib meat instead of chicken, Reed said.

Menu items will peak at $30.

The massive renovation project included expansion and reconfiguration: Middle West now seats 72 at copper-top tables, long communal tables and a custom-made marble bar. Private dining is available.

The restaurant will be open Wednesdays through Sundays and closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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The Tilted Kilt has a new name and look.

The Polaris restaurant has become Rustic Barrel Sport and Tap.

It signals a major reboot of the 7,000-square-foot eatery at 8665 Sancus Blvd.

Sean Cahill, who owned the Tilted Kilt and now the Rustic Barrel, said it will be sports-oriented, with 45 TVs and 48 draft beers.

The menu will include burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads and several entrees, including steak and seafood pasta.

Most items at Rustic Barrel are priced under $16.

The Polaris restaurant is the second of 10 going through the changeover, which should be done by the end of the year, Cahill said.

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