Lisa and Lindsey Rusch are the quintessential identical twins.

They went to Wittenberg University together, played soccer, studied business and once ran a home-baking business -- Sugar Rush -- in their spare time.

So it's not surprising they would start a business doing something they love.

The Worthington natives have opened Brekkie Shack, a breakfast-and-lunch establishment in Grandview Yard.

The siblings are putting their cooking and entrepreneurial skills to the test at the 2,500-square-foot restaurant, which seats 68 inside and 20 on the patio at 1060 Yard St. in Grandview Heights.

"We've been thinking about it for 20 years," Lisa Rusch said of the restaurant.

The interior is stark, with teal-colored wood walls, wood table tops and a mural that reads "Home of the Brekkie of Champions," painted by their friend Moe Buckley.

"We wanted it to be just relaxing and social," Lisa Rusch said.

She calls the menu "very fresh and responsibly sourced."

Brekkie Shack obtains its ingredients from a who's who of regional producers: sausages from the Butcher & Grocer, cage-free eggs from Snowville Creamery, bread from Lucky Cat Bakery, Ohio-raised chicken and Ohio-produced maple syrup. Its nitrate-free bacon is from Michigan.

Likewise, the beverages give a serious nod to Ohio: central Ohio's own Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea, Middle West Spirits, Land-Grant Brewing Co. and Seventh Son Brewing, and Canton's Royal Docks Brewing Co.

Fresh juice and lemonade made in-house also are available.

Brekkie Shack's signature dish is a classic egg sandwich with white cheddar and avocado. A variation adds bacon and shredded Brussels sprouts that are flash-fried for texture.

Other breakfast options include French toast, pancakes and sweet-potato hash with Brussels sprouts and over-easy eggs -- or avocado for the vegan diner.

Lunch options include chicken-salad tacos and a roasted veggie bowl, among other sandwiches and salads.

Everything is priced at $13 or less.

For those who prefer desserts, the roster of baked goods changes frequently, but might include cookie-dough peanut-butter bars, cookies-and-cream brownies, maple-creme donuts and whole-grain cinnamon rolls.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 614-525-0190.


A tattooed rocker who has catered for the likes of Judas Priest is opening a proper English public house in Columbus' Merion Village.

Glen Hall-Jones, a trained chef, is putting the finishing touches on Geordie's Restaurant, which replaces the Explorers Club, 1586 S. High St.

Hall-Jones said he plans to open the restaurant in December.

The menu will include some classic English dishes, such as bangers and mash, Scotch eggs and mini pork Wellingtons.

One of the signature dishes, the Geordie burrito, includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetables and horseradish cream wrapped in Yorkshire pudding, a savory bread. All breads will be baked in house.

Brunch will be offered on the weekends.

Hall-Jones hails from Newcastle in northeastern England. Its denizens, known for their thick accents, often are called Geordies. There are two prevailing stories about how they got the nickname, but the more prevalent tale involves the inhabitants defending the city from the Scots on behalf of King George II.


Haveli Bistro in downtown Columbus has opened a satellite restaurant in northwest Columbus near Dublin.


Haveli Express, 5720 Frantz Road, is a more casual version of its urban sibling, with a less extensive menu and moderately priced South Indian dishes.

The restaurant is next to Bonefish Grill in a storefront that has been home to a multitude of Indian restaurants over the years.


TGIXpress Bistro & Bar in the Carriage Place Shopping Center in northwest Columbus has changed its name to Awadh Indian Restaurant to better reflect the nature of the cuisine.

The Indian restaurant specializes in the dishes of Awadh, a city in the northeastern state of Uttar Pradesh.

The restaurant at 2584 Bethel Road has a daily lunch buffet.