Scott Heimlich says although he's taken a laid-back approach with his new restaurant, he has not sacrificed quality or service.

Scott Heimlich says although he's taken a laid-back approach with his new restaurant, he has not sacrificed quality or service.

The owner of Barcelona, a well-established part of the fine-dining scene in Columbus, has opened the Paddock Pub at the Links at Groveport, a public golf course at 1005 Richardson Road.

It might seem like a sharp departure for Heimlich, the well-regarded host and restaurateur who also owns Red Brick Occasions, an event space downtown, and Sidecar Global Catering.

"This has an approach where we can be a touch more relaxed," Heimlich said. "We still have to keep up the food. We still have to keep up the service."

The Paddock Pub, which takes over the former Lovell's Grille space, has a casual ambience and low-key menu developed by chef Chris Gibbs, former sous chef at Barcelona, who makes "95 percent" of everything in-house.

Heimlich said it was a personal demand.

"It's not difficult to do everything from scratch," he said.

That includes the roasted red pepper hummus and sriracha lemon shrimp, both starters on the menu.

Fresh salads, which get a topping of chicken, salmon or shrimp, per customer request, come with a choice of dressings made on the premises.

No question, the Paddock tries to appeal to all diners with a wide range of dishes, from the Buffalo chicken wrap to something many duffers prefer: steak. The 8-ounce sirloin is well within many budgets at $18, Heimlich said.

"It's still a great cut," he said. "It's got a lot of flavor."

Most entrees are $7 to $15.

One of the early big sellers is the Cowboy burger, topped with smoked cheddar, sweet mustard barbecue sauce and fried onion straws.

Gibbs said he brought over two desserts from Barcelona -- the cheesecake and chocolate bread pudding -- but the rest, such as the key lime pie and apple crisp, were created from personal recipes. All are made at the Paddock.

The golf course is owned by the city of Groveport. Heimlich's bid for the Lovell's space was chosen from six other proposals. (Heimlich said he is not a golfer.) The pub also handles events at the Links Event Center, a private-events space that can accommodate up to 250 guests.

The city pitched in some money for renovations to the Paddock Pub, which included new windows that overlook the second fairway. Heimlich said he likes the clubby atmosphere, with dark woods, a tan color scheme, natural light and marble bar. It seats 95, plus 15 at the bar.

"We tried to create an experience that will be good for the golfers as well as the community, whether you want a snack or full dinner, something the community hasn't had for a while," Heimlich said.

It is open to all, not just those playing golf.

A current construction project on the exterior of the site should be completed by Memorial Day, Heimlich said.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more information, call 614-610-9688.


Do-it-yourself barbecue, Korean-style, is returning to Bethel Road.

Gogi will open in three weeks or so at the former San-Su location.

Kevin Min, who's partnering with Tom Jeon on the restaurant, said Gogi will offer several raw items to be cooked by customers on special inset grills at the table, per the custom of San-Su. The new restaurant also will offer a full Korean menu.

The interior has been remodeled, with some walls being removed to provide a more open feel at the restaurant, 1138 Bethel Road, Min said.

He said the aim is to provide a less-expensive menu than San-Su, with later hours and a more lively bar atmosphere.