Jessica Spann is the latest restaurateur who wants to create a lasting legacy in a historical building in downtown Delaware.

Spann is managing partner of Old Dog Alehouse and Brewery, which is taking over the former Brown Jug site at 13 W. William St.

The opening is planned for the first week of November, she said.

The Brown Jug closed in 2008 after more than 30 years in business. It was followed by Hoggy's and a couple of other restaurants. It has been vacant for about five years.

"It's been a couple of different things since it was the Brown Jug so we're not exactly following it, but we definitely respect the history," Spann said.

Old Dog, named after Spann's bulldog, Layla, will open with four of its own beers and eight other craft brews on tap, she said. The restaurant also will have hard-to-find wines and a craft-cocktail program.

The breezy style of the restaurant will fit in with the pedestrian-oriented nature of downtown Delaware: Diners can stop in for a cocktail and small bite before heading out again or they can make Old Dog their primary destination, Spann said.

The menu will feature both shareable items -- white cheddar mac and cheese and Italian fried Brussels sprouts, for example -- as well as entrees, such as wild mushroom pasta and New York strip, as well as homemade desserts.

Spann's parents, Neal and Kathy Kruse, are investors in the restaurant. The couple formerly owned the Firehouse Tavern in Sunbury.


In other news from downtown Delaware, David DiStefano is about to open his second restaurant the first week of October.

Smohked Ohio BBQ & Bar will occupy a new 2,000-square-foot building at 14 W. William St., adjacent to 12 West, his Southwest-meets-Midwest restaurant.

Both will be connected through an interior door.

The "oh" in the name is a nod to Ohio, in both its sports culture and food sourcing, DiStefano said.

He intends to have all the popular barbecue items -- brisket, pork, ribs and such -- smoked in-house, and several regional sauces, such as Carolina gold and Kansas City, thick and sweet.

"We're also going to focus on international types of barbecue," he said.


Mirchi Indian Bar & Grill has taken over the site previously occupied by Persis Karaikudi and Biryani Grill, 195 E. Campus View Blvd.

The restaurant, owned by Srikanth Paruchuri, has both north and south Indian fare, as well as Indochinese dishes.

Mirchi offers a number of dosas, biryani dishes, tandoori options and several house specialties, such as gongura chicken curry, Hyderabad murgh (chicken) masala and karivepaku mamsam (goat).

Most entrees are in the $7 to $14 range.

A lunch buffet is $9.99 Tuesday through Thursday and $12.99 Friday through Sunday.


Shrimp Lips is making its presence permanent on Columbus' South Side.

Owners Johnny and Dorothea Carter plan to take over the old Dairy Corner building at 1622 Parsons Ave. The couple owns a food truck by the same name, which occasionally is stationed in the Dairy Corner parking lot.

The place specializes in shrimp, fish and other seafood, as well as chicken. Most are offered in platters, with some build-your-own options.