Keep it simple.

However trite it might sound, it's a phrase Scott McCrary lives by.

At the new Hangover Easy in Columbus' Olde Towne East, the menu is uncomplicated by modern trends and designer ingredients.

"Eggs are what we do," McCrary said. "You can get them almost any way you want."

That includes pork belly and eggs over medium on a biscuit, with a ladle of hollandaise sauce.

Hangover Easy replaces Black Creek Bistro at 53 Parsons Ave. in Columbus.

The 2,800-square-foot space is minimalist in design, with colorful seating, some sentimental bric-a-brac, a high ceiling, wood floors and seating for about 60.

"We were ready to grow," McCrary said. "We're ready to try the neighborhood."

McCrary and his four brothers -- Joe, John, Nick and Tony Pedro -- are the founders of Hangover Easy, which includes locations on the Ohio State University campus and in Cincinnati.

A fourth, now known as the Court Street Diner in Athens, will close for remodeling in June and be renamed Hangover Easy when it reopens in August, McCrary said.

"We try to find the older buildings that have a personality to them," he said.

The restaurant's breakfast and brunch items include pancakes, chicken and waffles, French toast, omelets, falafel sandwiches, signature burgers and hefty salads.

"The majority of our breakfast (menu) is made from scratch," McCrary said.

Most prices are $9 to $12. Hangover Easy has a beer and liquor license but no wine, McCrary said.

The coffee provider is locally based Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea.

Some things will change with the seasons, he said.

For example, the current featured pancake is the oatmeal cream pie, in which granola is mixed in the pancake batter. When cooked, each of the pancakes is slathered with buttercream and the top is festooned with a little bit more granola.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 614-928-3778.


George's Linworth Diner has opened at 2245 W. Dublin-Granville Road in Columbus.

Brothers George and Samir Cela, owners of George's Beechwold Diner in Columbus' Beechwold neighborhood, have opened the 71-seat restaurant in Linworth Crossing, at the southwest corner of Linworth and Dublin-Granville roads near Worthington.

The classic diner, with 18 seats at the counter, offers such traditional fare as eggs, omelets, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, French toast and many a la carte items.

There's a full array of lunch items, including sandwiches, salads, burgers, chili and soups, plus larger platters, including a 6-ounce rib-eye for $12.25, which is the most expensive item on the menu.

Among the signature dishes are a homemade meatloaf melt on rye, a Reuben omelet and fish and chips made with cod.

Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 614-396-6401.


Teriyaki Express has opened at 1490 E. Livingston Ave. in Columbus.

The carryout-only restaurant, with four locations in Cleveland, serves Japanese food, including hibachi and sushi, and Chinese fare.

Entrees, cooked fresh to order with housemade sauces, are priced $7 to $17. Teriyaki Express is open for lunch and dinner daily.


Meatball Mafia, specializing in Youngstown-style meatball and sausage subs, will be part of the Center Street Market in Old Hilliard.

Brothers Robert and Vinnie DelliQuadri, owners of a food truck by the same name, are expected to join 11 full-time vendors at the market, which also will be home to Crooked Can Brewing Co.

"I think we would describe our food as Italian-American but leaning a little harder on the American," Robert DelliQuadri said.

He said the permanent location will allow the company to add menu items, though that's still in the planning stages.

"It's been a long time coming," DelliQuadri said. "We're happy to have a home."