The Blarney Stone Tavern has settled into new digs less than a quarter mile from its original location.

Co-founder Benny King said he wanted a fresh start after six years at the previous location at 2151 W. Dublin-Granville Road in Columbus.

It "always had potential but we also had limitations," namely parking, King said.

The new era for the Blarney Stone, which still carries the tagline, "Irish soul with an American attitude," started Sept. 15 at 2245 W. Dublin-Granville Road in Columbus. The restaurant is in Linworth Crossing, a new strip mall that is across Linworth Road from the previous location.

The new storefront, next to Borgata Pizza Cafe, has a towering ceiling, natural illumination, a copper-top bar and seating for 132.

A much bigger patio includes a fire pit and a garage door leading to the dining room.

King is joined at the new location by Kevin Fekete; they are partners in the construction firm NRG, which stands for National Reconstruction Group.

The menu remains decisively tavern-oriented, with some new items, Fekete said.

"We wanted to offer some more upscale options," he said.

One example is a 10-ounce New York strip served with rosemary-thyme redskins, a mushroom-onion medley and Parmesan-crusted asparagus.

A few healthful dishes -- hummus, salmon and a smattering of salads -- also have been added.

However, much of the menu retains its laid-back origins, featuring burgers, sandwiches, quesadillas and fish and chips.

Blarney Stone will continue to serve Irish nachos -- tater tots topped with corned beef instead of ground beef -- and its signature blackened wings that are twice-brined and twice-fried for a plump, juicy and crispy finish.

"I'd put them up against anybody's," King said.

Most menu items are around $12, Fekete said.

Blarney Stone has a full bar with 23 beers on tap.

Live entertainment will remain a regular feature at the tavern, King said. Sporting events also will be shown on televisions at the Blarney Stone, he said.

Kitchen hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Tuesdays, 11 am. to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to midnight Thursdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 614-505-3090.

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Veritas, the ultra-modern dining venue at 11 W. Gay St. in downtown Columbus, is recalibrating its menu choices.

Starting Sept. 25, the restaurant will offer a prix fixe degustation menu for customers in the dining room. Those who sit in the lounge still can order dishes a la carte.

The dinner-only Veritas will feature two tastings -- five courses for $65 to $75 and 8 to 12 courses for $95 to $120 -- Tuesdays through Saturdays. Both come with bread service, a "snack" and petit fours.

Most dishes are vegetable-centered anyway, but veggie-only options also are available. Patrons with other dietary restrictions must call 48 hours in advance.

"We want to push ourselves to the next level," chef Josh Dalton said. "Going to an all-tasting menu allows us to focus more on the individual experience. While there are a lot of great dining options in Columbus, we pride ourselves on not only serving great food but also giving each guest a unique experience that can't be found anywhere else in the city."

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Passport 196 has closed temporarily -- or maybe longer.

Troy Bellot, co-founder of the restaurant at 2816 Fishinger Road in Upper Arlington, cited internal conflicts but would not go into detail about the situation.

Bellot said he is optimistic those issues would be resolved soon and Passport 196 would reopen.

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Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, 1481 Polaris Parkway in Columbus, has closed.

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