Gallo's Pit BBQ is slated to open this weekend in the original Hoggy's location.
The Gallo brothers' third distinct restaurant concept is expected to open this weekend in the Linworth area.
Gallo's Pit BBQ is slated to take over the vacant Hoggy's location at 2234 W. Dublin-Granville Road.
Nick and Tommy Gallo are the proprietors of Gallo's Kitchen and Bar, which specializes in Cajun and Creole cuisine, in Upper Arlington, and Gallo's Tap Room, a classic tavern on Bethel Road.
Where some restaurant groups try to hone one concept before expanding, the Gallos like the idea of variety, Nick Gallo said.
"I love the fact that we're not just a sports-bar group," he said. "I think diversity is always good."
"They are three separate places, but the fundamentals are the same: commitment to quality, first-rate staff and sense of pride," Tommy Gallo added. "We run a place the neighborhood is proud to have there."
The latest store is a partnership between the two brothers, as well as Steven Brandt, Patrick Gerold and David Downey.
All meats are given a signature dry rub before being tossed in the Stump's smoker, which uses charcoal and wood, and no assistance from gas or electric. At each table, three housemade sauces will be offered: barbecue, spicy barbecue and cockfight, a sweet sriracha-based option used at the other restaurants.
Menu items include ribs, quarter chickens, pork and brisket, sold as sandwiches, platters and bulk. Nick Gallo said he'll also offer smoked, as well as non-smoked, burgers and wings, as well as a barbecue hot dog - an all-beef selection topped with a choice of meat, homemade coleslaw and barbecue sauce. Featured sides include cheesy potatoes, baked beans, collard greens and mac 'n' cheese. Entrees will be priced under $10.
The owners have recast the interior of the former Hoggy's, adding brick and light and darker wood accents.
"We basically warmed the place up," Nick Gallo said.
The interior seats 75 inside and another 80 on the patio. The restaurant will open with a full liquor license. TVs will be tuned into sports programming.
The place will be open for lunch and dinner hours daily. For more information, call 614-396-6979.
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Pho has returned to the Polaris area.
The popular Vietnamese soup is now being served at Central Ohio's second Royal Ginger, 8591 Sancus Blvd. in the former Hooters location. It had previously been available at another Polaris restaurant, Ha Long Bay, which closed more than a year ago. The soup is available at lunch and dinner exclusively at the new Royal Ginger. The restaurant, which also offers a wide array of Asian cuisines, including sushi, follows another Royal Ginger that opened late 2010 on West Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington. The first in the locally based chain, Blue Ginger, opened in 2008 on Sawmill Road.
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Yabo's Tacos is expanding to Upper Arlington. The restaurant, which got its start nearly a year ago in Westerville, will take over the former Louie's Fusion Grill at 3051 Northwest Blvd. The 3,100-square-foot space will seat 115. Yabo's is known for its broad selection of inexpensive tacos and homemade salsas.