Uptown Westerville's newest restaurant is open for business, and the iconic marquee at 8 N. State St. has a new name across it.
Barrel & Boar, the barbecue gastropub owned by Stan Riley, had its ribbon-cutting ceremony and soft opening Jan. 19. It was fully functional and open to the public by the end of the weekend.
Riley said the first couple of days were "fantastic" and even busier than he expected at the concept's newest location.
"Things have been great," he said. "Keeping up with everything has been a real challenge."
Barrel & Boar previously had three locations, in Gahanna, Newark and Columbus' North Market. Although Riley said he "loves" his other communities, he's been "amazed" by the way things have gone in Westerville.
"Everyone in the (local) government knows about us," he said with a laugh. "Even the mayor (Craig Treneff) knows about the new smoker we're getting in. It's great."
Riley said Barrel & Boar's Westerville location has about 35 employees. He said he's been thrilled with their work, especially general manager Chris Scarver; assistant manager Andrea Martin, a Westerville resident; executive chef Don Rothgeb; and sous chef Kyle Steinwender.
"Without those guys, this couldn't be happening," he said.
Riley previously said the work he had to do 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 2017.
Barrel & Boar offers 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. Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information, visit barrelboar.com.