Orion Trifoni has doubled down on his optimism for the Powell dining scene.
Trifoni has opened Koble Greek-Italian Grill at 176 W. Olentangy St., a stone's throw from his other Powell restaurant, Kraft House No. 5 at 5 Liberty St.
Trifoni and Ilias Strovolidis, partners in the original Koble in Westerville, have created a rustic-yet-refined spot that flaunts an abundance of wood fixtures, a vaulted ceiling, tall walls displaying pop art and lots of windows.
Wide-screen TVs are positioned over a large bar that is the centerpiece of the dining room, which seats nearly 100.
A carryout station, complete with a full selection of wine, is situated at the main entrance.
A fireplace faces both a portion of the dining room and the patio, which seats 100 overall.
Part of a new development east of Sawmill Parkway, Koble has a wide-ranging menu of Greek and Italian classics, with sandwiches and entrees ranging from $7 for a basic gyro to $15 for moussaka.
Lamb shanks and lamb chops are sold at market price.
He said he is adding steaks, kebabs, flatbreads, octopus and similar fare.
For now, customers can sup on homemade dolmathes, pastitsio, a fried seafood platter and meatballs with pasta.
Koble is one of the rare places in Columbus where customers can order fried smelts with garlic sauce.
"In Greece, on the islands, it's like chips, French fries," he said of the crispy little fish.
Dishes on a children's menu are priced at $6 each.
"The atmosphere is for adults and families," Trifoni said.
Trifoni's first foray into the local restaurant business was in 2004, when he opened Greek Corner at 3512 W. Dublin-Granville Road in northwest Columbus. He later sold the restaurant, which has closed.
He said his customer base has followed him to his other restaurants, which include Panini Opa at 4799 Sawmill Road in northwest Columbus, bringing the total to four.
Trifoni and Kliton "Tony" Gjergji purchased and revamped Kraft House Nov. 5 last year.
Strovolidis said the restaurant selection is impressive in Powell.
"I think it's a good thing more restaurants are coming to Powell because it's becoming a destination," he said.
Hours at Koble are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 614-670-8270.
Mrs. Turbo's Cookies has opened next to Koble in Powell, at 178 W. Olentangy St.
The bakery seats 20 and offers up to 30 cookies per day -- the signature choice is chocolate chip, with premium Belgian chocolate -- plus Crimson Cup coffee, milk, cane-sugar sodas, iced and frozen drinks.
Holly Schaffner, who owns the new location and its other shop in Gahanna, said she bakes small batches to ensure freshness.
In addition to cookies, the shop has cakes, brownies and whoopie pies, priced $2.50 to $5. Discounts for larger orders are available, Schaffner said.
Mardi Gras Homemade Ice Cream has reopened for the season.
The independent ice cream parlor, known for its exotic flavors, many seasoned with ingredients from India, is at 1947 Hard Road in Columbus.
Chuy's will replace Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill at 1481 Polaris Parkway in Columbus.
A fall opening is expected for central Ohio's second location of Chuy's. The first is at the Easton Gateway district in Columbus.
Chuy's, based in Austin, is known for its scratch-made, affordable Tex-Mex fare in a casual setting.