Although fresh to the local sandwich circuit, the owners of A Common Table restaurant already are looking to expand on its foundation of toasted bread.
Josh Taylor, who owns the diminutive deli with his wife, Kristen, said the shop would take advantage of produce and other goods at the Clintonville Farmers Market, which opens for the season April 27.
"I want his concept to evolve because of the location and the best thing we can do is utilize the market," Josh Taylor said.
A Common Table replaces Pocket Produce at 3496 N. High St. in Columbus' Clintonville neighborhood.
Seating about 14, the restaurant has a dozen signature sandwiches (each $8.50), along with homemade soups ($3 a cup, $5 a bowl) and sides ($3 to $4).
Taylor said he uses Thumann's meats of New Jersey for some sandwiches. Lucky Cat Bakery of Granville supplies the bread.
The shop's Reuben, a deli staple, is layered with pastrami and corned beef. The vegetable version has either roasted portobello or corned beet.
The roast-beef sandwich is stacked with roast beef, Swiss, herbed aioli, pickled cabbage and spinach on sourdough.
Homemade options include the curry chicken with roasted thigh meat that is picked apart in the style of chicken salad.
Taylor said he eventually wants to buy local fresh meat and do some "light curing" at the store.
He has hired chef Mike Poston, whose sandwich resume includes Katzinger's Delicatessen, Katalina's and Cosecha Cocina.
"What I'm trying to do is take common (sandwiches) -- chicken salad and tuna salad -- and give them a new profile," Poston said.
For example, fresh tomatoes are roasted or turned into jam until they're in season again, Poston said.
"I am starting to play around with a few more vegetarian options," he said, including seitan, a homemade meat substitute made of wheat gluten and chickpea flour.
Three-bean salad, pasta salad and roasted-red-pepper hummus are offered as sides. Taylor said he plans to add more to the lineup and sell them as grab-and-go items from a cold case. He also hopes to sell beer and wine in the future.
A Common Table is open for breakfast hours, when it serves coffee from local roaster Luck Bros. Coffee House, some baked goods from Lucky Cat and a BLT with egg for $7.
Customers can look out for pop-up collaborations in the near future, Taylor said.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; the restaurant is closed Sundays and Mondays. For information, call 614-824-1887.
Construction of Katzinger's Delicatessen in Dublin is behind schedule, but it should open by early April.
It previously was expected to open last fall.
Tim Rollins of CityBrands, the restaurant division of local developer Metropolitan Partners, said some infrastructure work took longer than expected because of the storefront's reconfiguration.
The second local deli will be in the Shops on Muirfield, adjacent to CityBrands' other restaurant in the retail center, Napa Kitchen + Bar.
The company's other Katzinger's is at 475 S. Third St. in Columbus.
Here's a way to take some of the stress out of the shopping experience: Stop by the Daily Growler and grab a pint of craft beer in between purchases at Polaris Fashion Place, 1500 Polaris Parkway in Columbus.
The fourth Daily Growler is open in the mall's food court.
Owner John Blakely said it has 40 taps, 30 of which are for craft beer, with the others reserved for wine and cocktails.
From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday through the end of March, the Mission Coffee Co. will serve special beverages during breakfast and lunch service at Little Eater, 4215 N. High St. in Columbus.
A Mission barista will craft the coffee drinks.
The event will feature items made specifically for Little Eater: espresso, lattes, hot chocolate, a pop-up-only specialty latte and a brew bar featuring some of Mission's newest coffee releases.
Little Eater's breakfast menu will be served until 1 p.m. and the lunch menu starts at 11 a.m.