Woodys Wing House has scratched out a spot in the Crosswoods retail center by promising superlative chicken wings, family fun and a state-of-the-art tap system offering 32 beers.
Woodys replaces Champps Kitchen + Bar at 161 E. Campus View Blvd.
The new restaurant is owned by Scott Walker, owner of Olympus Homes Inc., and Jason Liu, founder of the two J. Liu Restaurant & Bars in Dublin and Worthington.
"We would like it to be a family restaurant with a sports theme," Walker said. "That's what we're after."
They said they spent north of $3 million to purchase the 10,000-square-foot restaurant and completely renovate the interior, which features mostly light wooden seating and paneling and more than 70 high-definition TVs tuned into sports programs.
Natural illumination flows through the larger picture windows, giving the 280-seat interior an even more open feel.
The owners even have added a drive-thru at which customers can pick up food orders, as well as beer and soft drinks.
Not surprisingly, wings are the thing at Woodys, and they are served in traditional and boneless options.
All 12 sauces -- from Hawaiian habanero to honey garlic -- are made in-house, and the buffalo sauce comes with five levels of heat. Dry-rubbed wings also are available.
The menu is rounded out with appetizers, soups, pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, subs and salads.
No individual item tops $10, save for larger orders of wings, which start at $5.99 for five.
Meanwhile, the restaurant's sophisticated beer-delivery system uses screens at the bar to display a variety of information: how much is left in each keg, where the beer is brewed and the alcohol by volume.
"Down to a science," said Liu, who has his master's degree in material-science engineering.
Both Liu and Walker say they plan to build additional Woodys restaurants in central Ohio.
In fact, a J. Liu and Woodys are expected to be neighbors in a proposed mixed-use development at the northeast corner of West Lane Avenue and Westmont Boulevard in Upper Arlington. That development is on hold while a referendum on the project heads to the ballot next year.
Woodys' hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 614-433-9464.
Everest Cuisine has taken over the A Taste of Vietnam storefront at 652 High St. in Old Worthington. It's a deceptively large but narrow space, seating 190.
Its menu has a multitude of familiar Indian dishes, as well as fare common in Nepal and Tibet.
One specialty is momo, a style of steamed dumpling that is a popular Tibetan cuisine.
Co-owner Sandeep Singh said the dumplings are filled with chicken or vegetables.
Patrons can sample a variety of all three at daily lunch buffets -- $9.99 weekdays and $11.99 weekends.
Singh said the menu also has many vegetarian options.
Saigon Baguette & Coffee is the latest Vietnamese restaurant to enter the central Ohio dining scene.
The 22-seat restaurant owned by Ling Nguyen is at 10 Dillmont Drive in Columbus, which is off U.S. Route 23 north of Interstate 270.
As its name suggests, the restaurant offers banh mi sandwiches and strong Vietnamese coffee, served hot in individual pots with sweetened condensed milk.
Also featured are pho and daily specials, all made from scratch by Nguyen.
Here's something for the ingredient-conscious crowd: Rebol, a Cleveland-based restaurant known for its menu of nongenetically modified foods and mostly organic menu items, soon will open in Dublin.
Expected to open this summer, Rebol will occupy 2,900 square feet, which includes a 350-square-foot patio, at 4553 Bridge Park Ave.
The menu offers signature and customized bowls, plus zero-toxin and organic coffee, organic superfood smoothies, turmeric golden milk, wine, craft beer and other beverages.