The public portions of BriHi Square are still expected to open March 17, but other elements depend on tenants.

The public portions of BriHi Square are still expected to open March 17, but other elements depend on tenants.

Stonehenge Co. president Mo Dioun gave Dublin City Council an update Monday night on the 22,000-square-foot commercial and retail project at the northwest corner of Bridge and High streets in Historic Dublin. Dioun also announced one tenant: Mezzo Italian Kitchen.

The multi-million dollar BriHi Square, a partnership between Stonehenge and the city, has been under construction for close to 500 days, Dioun told council.

Last fall, Dioun told council that portions of BriHi Square would open by March 17, and that's still the case.

"For the public components, I still believe we will meet that," he said Monday. "As far as landscaping, it will not be done."

Dioun said the public portions of the development -- the water feature and public plaza -- are expected to be 95 percent finished by March 17.

"As far as the inside, that is tenant driven," Dioun said.

As for tenants for the two two-story buildings, Dioun said he has commitments from two restaurants and is having "dialogue" with a bridal shop, an architectural and engineering firm and another restaurant.

Dioun characterized the talks with the potential tenants as "serious negotiations." The tenants will be "community-driven" and not national chains, he said.

Mezzo Italian Kitchen was the only tenant that Dioun revealed to council. He said he was not able to announce the other restaurant, "but it will be wonderful cuisine."

Mezzo Italian Kitchen also is part of Dioun's Gahanna development, Creekside, but this restaurant will be geared toward Dublin. Dioun said the restaurant would have a lounge and casual dining on the first floor, and formal dining on the second floor.

Council member Richard Gerber urged Dioun to get the work done as soon as possible, because the construction has affected traffic and neighboring businesses.

"The project has been going on for a long time," Gerber said.

Dioun said his $6-million investment in the project is losing money every day that the opening is delayed, but "I want this to be done right. It's like a fine piece of jewelry. You have to use the right materials and craft it the right way."

Mayor Tim Lecklider asked when the chain-link fence that surrounds the construction site would be taken down. Dioun said it would be removed as soon as the site was safe.

"By the end of February we should be able to pull some portions," he said, noting that the biggest delay right now is installing brick pavers.

The pavers must be installed at the proper temperature, and Dioun said tents might have to be used to install the sidewalks in time.