Nick Manus has revived Phillip's Original Coney Island in a style that most contemporary diners would understand -- with a food truck, aptly named Phillip's on Wheels.
Manus is the great-grandson of Greek immigrant Phillip Manus, who founded the Franklinton establishment in 1912.
It's been about a year since Phillip's Original Coney Island closed its doors, leaving behind a more-than-century-old tradition.
The family sold the building at 450 W. Broad St. to a developer. What will emerge is called the Gravity Project, which will offer retail and commercial opportunities on that spot and adjacent properties.
"It was at the point we were going to have to dump a lot of money into the building," Manus said. "It was a bit emotional but something had to change."
Last year, Manus purchased a used food truck and launched the mobile business in November -- "exactly the wrong time to start a food truck."
At the end of December, he decided to have it customized and ready for 2018.
Phillip's on Wheels returned to the streets Feb. 10 at the A.D. Farrow Co. Harley-Davidson at 491 W. Broad St., directly across the street from the old Phillip's Original.
But for the 140-seat dining room, Phillip's essentially is the same, serving hot dogs that are custom-made at locally based Falters Fine Meats.
The coney sauce, which is more of a smooth chili, simmers for six hours before it's ready. A standard dog with coney sauce, cheese, onions and mustard is $3.50. Other versions are available, too.
Also on the menu are sliders, seasonal soups, starters and milkshakes.
Manus said he hasn't scheduled any real pattern for the truck just yet, choosing an easy pace for now and planning on ramping up business when the weather is warmer.
"We're looking forward to the food-truck season," he said.
Manus is the lone family member actively involved in the business. He said his father, Jim, is retired, and his brother, Demetrios, occasionally pitches in.
A second family-owned Phillip's in Columbus' Short North closed several years ago. It was recast as Philco Bar + Diner by another local restaurant group.
Manus said he has been searching for another brick-and-mortar spot for Phillip's, hoping to keep it in the Franklinton neighborhood, if possible.
"It's in progress," he said of the area. "It's definitely getting better. And I hope it maintains the character it's always had."
The food truck's schedule is at phillipsonwheels.com. For more information, call 740-604-0225.
A pub with a SoCal attitude is opening in the former J. Lindsay's at 5443 Bethel Sawmill Center in northwest Columbus.
Golden Tavern is slated to open at the beginning of March, said owner Will Valdivia, a Los Angeles native.
Prices at Golden Tavern, which will seat 90, will be competitive, Valdivia said.
He said he will concentrate on such tavern classics as wings and burgers, as well as Mexican street food, including tacos and tortas.
One of his signature dishes is shepherd's pie.
However, he said, he wasn't ready to reveal everything about the menu just yet.
"It's definitely going to have some dishes that are more refined, that you'd expect to find at an upscale restaurant," Valdivia said. "It's going to be a surprise."
Several Columbus restaurants recently have closed, including the Carvery, 51 E. Gay St.; Skyline Chili, 2054 Crown Plaza Blvd. off Bethel Road; and Juergens German Bakery & Restaurant, 525 S. Fourth St. The latter is expected to reopen in a couple of months as a German restaurant with new owners and a new name.