Westerville residents will have to wait just a bit longer before Uptown's newest barbecue restaurant opens its doors.
Barrel & Boar, a made-from-scratch barbecue restaurant and craft-beer and cocktail bar, is nearly ready to open in the historic 8 N. State St. building, but there are a few housekeeping details to clean up first.
Owner Stan Riley said the restaurant is in the final stages of securing permits and its liquor license and has "very few things" left to wrap up before it opens.
"We will be open by January for sure," he said. "But that's as much as I want to narrow it down."
Riley said work to the building was minimal. He said he had to change some lights, add some wood and switch out the decor from the previous tenant, 8 State Bistro, which closed in May.
"It fits our brand to a T," Riley said of the space. "There's really not a lot to do, so it's really not a lot of changes. The place is not going to look altogether different.
"You're not going to not recognize it. Instead of movie memorabilia, there will be some chalkboards with the beers," he said.
The Westerville site marks Barrel & Boar's fourth location, joining those in Gahanna, Newark and Columbus' North Market.
Riley said the Uptown location would have a nearly identical menu to the Gahanna Creekside location, though newly hired executive chef Don Rothgeb will have some input on the menu moving forward.
Barrel & Boar will offer snacks, salad and soup as well as barbecue platters, sandwiches and other dinners. Most meals range from $15 to $20. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The restaurant will have 12 beers on tap. Riley said he considered adding more but thought he would "rather change them frequently."
Riley said he loves the iconic marquee on the building and will keep it largely the same, simply replacing 8 State Bistro with Barrel & Boar. He said he's working on getting new signs manufactured.
While he'd love to be open by the end of the year, Riley said he's having a hard time speeding up the process so close to the holidays.
"It's tough in December because nobody is at work," he said with a laugh. "It's a tough time to try to get things done."
For more information, visit BarrelBoar.com.