Westies Gastropub has migrated north for its second location.
The restaurant has opened in the former Wine Bistro at 4416 N. High St. in Columbus' Clintonville neighborhood.
Dividers throughout the space have been removed, creating an open environment in the 160-seat dining room, which has warm earth tones and a wooden floor interspersed with lines of white tile. Booths and high- and low-top tables are bathed in natural light, and a private dining area has seating for 20.
"What we decided when we opened the new location was to put a fresh coat of paint on it, if you will," said Paul Yow, the managing culinary director at the two Westies (the original is in Columbus' Brewery District), Branch in the Short North and Berliner Pub on Greenlawn Avenue -- all owned by Tony Selimi.
Clintonville just seemed to be a good fit for Westies, Yow said; the new location is just north of Henderson Road.
Selimi "was looking at opportunities, and this has been growing as a restaurant neighborhood for years," Yow said.
The menu is the same as at the Brewery District locale, featuring souped-up pub food.
"No one's doing quite the same cuisine," said Yow, whose culinary team at Westies in Clintonville includes Jason Werner and Connor O'Neill.
For example, the grilled-cheese sandwich includes beer-braised pork belly and roasted tomatoes, and an extensive list of bar classics includes sauerkraut balls, pierogi and Buffalo-chicken dip with blue cheese.
On the healthier side of the menu, the brown-rice bowl features grilled salmon, Brussels sprouts, peppers and onions, pickled carrots, sweet chili sauce and an egg over easy.
Hand-tossed pizzas also are touted.
"The thing is, we make our own crust, and we just nailed it," Yow said.
Among the pizza choices are Korean-barbecue chicken and the "Blanco," which is topped with extra-virgin olive oil, fresh mozzarella, provolone, oregano and fresh basil. Build-your-own pies offer a number of toppings.
Lunches cost $11 or less, and most appetizers and entrees run $8 to $17. Brunch is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Westies has a full bar, including 24 beers on tap and a multitude of craft cocktails.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
For more information, call 614-817-1661.
A different type of March madness is brewing in Pickerington.
Teriyaki Madness, part of a Denver-based chain with nearly 30 locations in 14 states, opened March 26 at 1510 Cross Creeks Blvd.
The fast-casual restaurant will specialize in healthful rice and noodle bowls of fresh vegetables and proteins served with a choice of sauces, the most popular being the signature teriyaki.
Bowls are priced mostly at $7. Appetizers also are offered.
The 2,500-square-foot restaurant will seat 50.
Mona's Cafe is expected to open soon in downtown Columbus.
The breakfast-and-lunch operation, owned by Mona Donahoe, will take over the spot most recently occupied by the Corner Deli, 152 E. State St., at the northwest corner of State and North Fourth streets.
Donahoe said she remodeled the space that seats 44 and added a professional kitchen, so the menu will be more well-rounded than those at the restaurants that preceded hers.
She said she would focus on soups, salads and sandwiches, plus a daily hot meal and scratch-made baked foods.
She said she wants to get customers out of the door for $10 or less.
The plan is to be open Mondays through Fridays.