Noren 9, a new restaurant near Polaris Fashion Place in Columbus, mixes and matches American and Asian flavors for a new style of fusion dining.

It replaces Senor Tequilas at 1047 Polaris Parkway.

"Noren" is a Korean word that refers to the history of a restaurant. The number 9 denotes the number of entrees on the evening menu, as well as the number of "accompaniments" and signature drinks.

All entrees are priced at $25.99.

In the style of Korean cooking, they come with an assortment of sides. But it isn't "banchan," the small bowls of pickled cabbage, bean sprouts, fish cakes and the like. The veritable buffet includes corn and cheese served in a skillet, a seafood pancake, japchae (a noodle dish) and ramen. Each can be ordered separately, as well.

"More is more respect," said Alex Her, Noren 9's managing partner, of the generous number of sides.

The menu also includes the Osaka mille feuille, a Japanese-style hot pot layered with vegetables and marinated beef in homemade nabe, or broth.

The "K-Pop" chicken gangjeong offers marinated chicken stuffed with sticky rice and glazed with a salty, sweet and tangy homemade sauce.

Her, who is of Korean descent, graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in political science and was enrolled at Michigan State University's global food-law program, which she put on hold while she tends to Noren 9.

While in the graduate program, she researched which tastes Americans liked both in the U.S. and Asia.

Her had some assistance in developing the complementary flavors of the menu.

"I was always interested in cooking since I was a little girl," she said. "I just learned from grandma, mom (and) here."

Noren 9 is in about 4,000 square feet, with seating for 21, plus private-dining accommodations.

The interior features frosted glass, Asian lantern lighting and a massive Japanese samurai mural.

In related news, Her will open Fresh 38 in March. The concept, which will be in a storefront next to Noren 9, will specialize in 38 styles of homemade bento, available for carryout only.

"We don't make just simple (dishes)," she said. "We make it luxurious, too."

Noren 9 lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner hours are 4:30 to 11 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The restaurant is closed Sundays.

For more information, call 614-505-8378.


George and Saimir Cela are opening a new breakfast-and-lunch spot in northwest Columbus.

The brothers, who own the Beechwold Diner in Clintonville, hope to open George's Linworth Diner in a couple weeks at 2245 W. Dublin-Granville Road.

The diner is part of Linworth Crossing, a retail strip that includes Borgata Pizza Cafe, Tomatillos Authentic Mexican and Blarney Stone Tavern.

George Cela said patrons can expect classic diner fare, including eggs, pancakes, burgers, gyros, soups and salads.

The place seats 71, with 15 at the bar.

The plan is to be open from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.


Prost Beer & Wine Cafe soon will have a sibling in Reynoldsburg's historic district.

Derek Maklezow, who owns Prost, is planning to open Tempe Taco Co.: Urban Tequila Bar by late spring.

"It's going to be more authentic street-style tacos," said Maklezow, a native of Tempe, Arizona. "It's going to be a simple menu."

One building east of Prost, at 7354 E. Main St., Tempe Taco Co. will seat 50 inside, with additional space on a first-floor patio and second-story balcony.

Maklezow opened Prost Beer & Wine Cafe four years ago.


Piada Italian Street Food is the latest restaurant company to get in on the Nashville hot-chicken craze.

The fast-casual chain based in Columbus is offering an eighth protein -- fried chicken dipped in hot chili oil -- through the end of March.

The chili oil, seasoned with paprika, garlic, cayenne, sugar and salt, is decidedly hot, a company spokeswoman said.