Known for fire balls, the place will take over the former Buffalo Wild Wings location in October.
Jed's Barbeque & Brew, home of the deep-fried "fire balls," is opening in Crosswoods.
The Toledo-based restaurant chain's signature dish involves fresh-cut chicken lightly battered, quick fried and tossed in one of 15 signature sauces. A full complement of toppings is available. The
"freak balls," for example, are covered with fries, cole slaw and cheese.
Steven Scott, Mark Walder and Will Liphart have a licensing agreement to open Columbus' first store. A mid-October opening is planned. Jed's will take over the 6,000-square-foot space that formerly housed Buffalo Wild Wings, 110 Hutchinson Ave.
As the name suggests, a few barbecue items are offered, such as ribs, to be served on Wednesday only, and pulled pork. Bone-in wings, salads, sandwiches, pitas, pizza, burgers, starters and such round out the extensive menu.
Jed's was founded in 1996 in Perrysburg, a suburb of Toledo. Now there are three stores in the area.
"Jed's kind of has what you would call a cult following," company owner Mike Govito said. "I think the fire balls have a lot to do with it."
Another location is planned for Hilliard.