The Bel Lago restaurant has closed while its new owners rebrand the restaurant and remodel the interior.

The Bel Lago restaurant has closed while its new owners rebrand the restaurant and remodel the interior.

Previous owners Rich and Dawn Rores said they have sold their interest in the Hoover Reservoir waterfront property to an undisclosed source.

"Bel Lago is a fantastic restaurant," Rich Rores said. "It's always been a great product for us but it was our intent to pass it along to somebody else."

Bel Lago opened in spring 2009, replacing the Hoover Grille at 170 N. Sunbury Road in Westerville. The 6,000-square-foot restaurant, a destination eatery situated between Polaris and Easton, straddled the line between upscale and casual, offering white tablecloth dining with an approachable menu.

It, perhaps, was best known for its view, a sweeping panorama of Hoover Reservoir edged with towering foliage. The restaurant, which closed after dining hours Sunday, Dec. 7, also featured a second-story outside balcony where al fresco diners took in a bite and enjoyed the scenery.

Dave Bianconi, who founded Bel Lago, brought in the Roreses as consultants 3 1/2 years ago. The couple then bought the restaurant earlier this year for an undisclosed amount of money, Rich Rores said.

The couple also established Sandman Gourmet Catering, which has three standalone delis in corporate offices across central Ohio and provides catering services for business and individual clients.

Rich Rores said he and his wife enjoyed their time with Bel Lago but figured the slower winter months would give the new owner sufficient time to create a new, personalized version of the restaurant, which is expected to reopen this spring.

"The timing is right for everybody involved," he said. "We look forward to what the new brand will be and how they take care of our friends in Westerville."