The Winking Lizard Tavern, known for its selection of craft and imported beers, as well as a casual menu and laidback vibe, has opened in Reynoldsburg.
"It's beautiful," said John Lane, co-owner and vice president of operations for the Cleveland-based chain. "It came out really nice."
The 5,500-square-foot storefront at 7995 E. Broad St. is near several large-scale corporations but is in an area underserved by restaurants, Lane said.
"I just think we got a lot of opportunity there," he said.
The new location has a familiar look: 32 high-definition TVs, a large dining room seating 170 and an expansive patio complete with a firepit and garage doors leading to the bar, beverage manager Sean Avren said.
He said Winking Lizard will not disappoint with its beer selections, for which the Cleveland-based chain is known, with 35 brews on tap, mostly microbrews, and another 140 by the bottle.
He predicted the restaurant also will become known for having one of the finest bourbon lists in the city, keeping pace with other Winking Lizard stores.
As for the food, the Reynoldsburg location features a $5.99 burger at lunch Monday through Friday. The menu also has items offered in Cleveland-area stores but not locally, such as the Mediterranean chicken salad, rice pilaf, baked beans and such, Avren said.
The new opening follows the Feb. 16 closing of the Winking Lizard in Crosswoods, so there are still four local stores. The Crosswoods site will be razed in favor of an extended-stay facility now under construction.