Grandview Avenue long has been known for its restaurants. It was only a matter of time before one of central Ohio's best-known restaurateurs found it.

Grandview Avenue long has been known for its restaurants. It was only a matter of time before one of central Ohio's best-known restaurateurs found it.

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants' latest entry, the Avenue Steak Tavern, will open Monday, Feb. 1, in the former Panera Bread location at 1307 Grandview Ave.

"We're really excited to be part of the energy and vibrancy of Grandview Avenue," said Kristen Luff, the Avenue's general manager.

The restaurant "is Cameron Mitchell's way to get back into the steak business," Luff said. "The Avenue will offer a classic steakhouse menu with a tavern twist."

Mitchell sold his steakhouses -- including Mitchell's Steakhouse and Cameron's Steakhouse -- in 2008.

The Avenue's decor "has an old-school feeling. We are getting a lot of our inspiration from the 1920s and 1930s," she said.

With its long wooden bar, booths and framed New Yorker covers on the walls, the Avenue has the look of a New York steakhouse of that era, yet maintains a neighborhood restaurant feel, Luff said.

"We want to be the type of place where you stop by for a sandwich and beer at the tavern during the week, then head back over on the weekend for a nice steak dinner," she said.

The menu includes steaks of all sorts, including ribeye, New York strip, sirloin, porterhouse and filet mignon, each of which comes with choice of house or Caesar salad, executive chef Jeff Lindemeyer said.

Classic dishes include salmon with chardonnay butter sauce, veal Milanese, linguine and clams, sea scallops and chops.

The tavern offers a white cheddar burger, a pastrami sandwich and a "hot chicken" biscuit, Lindemeyer said. Appetizers will include shrimp cocktail, clams casino, steak tartare and oysters on the half shell.

"It's a menu with classic steakhouse items that offers customers choice and variety," he said.

The cocktails menu includes drinks inspired by the five boroughs of New York, Luff said.

Other cocktails, including the Tom Collins, margarita, planter's punch and old-fashioned, are inspired by the original recipes, she said.

The Avenue Steak Tavern will be open for dinner beginning at 4 p.m. daily, she said.

The restaurant is available for reserved luncheons for groups of up to 100 guests between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

"We have seating for 100 in our dining room, another 35 at the bar and we will have an outdoor patio area with 24 seats," Luff said.

A semiprivate dining room will offer seating for up to six people, she said.