High Bank Distillery Co. has made its home on Goodale Boulevard, between the pristine newness of Grandview Yard and the familiar Grandview Avenue, both laden with restaurant choices.

Charles Carter, general manager of the venue, which has both house-distilled spirits and a restaurant with a full bar, said he is encouraged by High Bank's position in the market.

"We kind of feel like High Bank is a destination spot that touches every sense of the dining experience," Carter said.

Taking over a former furniture warehouse at 1051 Goodale Blvd. in Grandview Heights, the locale offers a spacious, 200-seat interior with a towering ceiling, shiny cement floor, three garage doors leading to the outside patio and a glass wall featuring a view of the distilling equipment.

Carter calls it "chic industrial."

"I think the best way to describe it is copper, wood and concrete," he said.

Foosball, table shuffleboard and table-top hockey, located toward the back of the space, add to the casual environment.

Chef Todd Goodwin looks within the boundaries of Ohio to acquire most of his ingredients.

One example is the High Bank burger, which uses beef raised in Athens, housemade pickles and ketchup and American cheese on a locally baked bun.

"It's a basic all-American burger," he said.

Goodwin also breaks down whole hog carcasses from Anderson Farms in Granville, using the meat for everything from pork chops to carnitas for nachos.

"My menu philosophy is responsible sourcing," Goodwin said. "It's going to shift with the season."

Most entrees are in the $12 to $20 range.

"It's approachable and culinary-driven without the high prices," Carter said.

It took 10 months to build out the space, said Jordan Helman, president and founding partner of the company.

Adam Hines is the master distiller, making three brands of liquor -- vodka, gin and whiskey.

High Bank is all about craft cocktails and 16 craft and imported beers are available on tap.

High Bank's bourbon will hit the shelves "when it's ready," Carter said. Exactly when, "it's hard to tell."

High Bank takes its name from the early days of Columbus, Helman said. When government leaders settled on a location for the state capital, they chose to found Columbus on what were known as the high banks on the opposite side of Franklinton at the forks of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 614-826-5347.


The new Pizza Primo on Bethel Road has something that its two other shops do not: pie by the slice.

Although it is known for classic central Ohio square-cut pizzas with a thin crust, the by-the-slice option is similar to a New York City style, general manager Dave Bennett said.

Other items include calzones, wings, subs and salads.

The locally based pizzeria has opened in the former Buckeye Slice location at 5216 Bethel Center Mall.