Jon and Denise Clevenger are dusting off a classic destination restaurant by refreshing its interior and updating its menu.

The Clevengers own J&D's Place, formerly Rush Creek Burgers & Brews, 480 E. Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington.

"We're trying to bring it back," Jon Clevenger said of the 4,600-square-foot space, once a lively destination with decades of history, including a long stint as Roadhouse 66 Bar & Grille.

He said he reconfigured the dining room and the bar, adding more draft beers.

The current total of draft beers is seven, with four more planned, most of them local craft brews.

Clevenger said he also rebuilt the spacious patio, which has its own bar.

"I think it's a hidden gem," he said.

The business has theme nights, such as "Bike Night" on Thursdays, plus live bands and a central Ohio pinball league.

Clevenger hired a chef, Mike Allander, who trained at the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh.

"It was all burgers, chicken strips and fries," Clevenger said of the former menu.

Allander, who has worked in many central Ohio kitchens, said he has reoriented the burger menu with hand-patted, half-pound, fresh beef patties.

Fries are fresh-cut.

The menu also includes lightly battered fish and chips with coleslaw, a grilled-chicken Parmesan sandwich, a homemade meatloaf sandwich and a Reuben panini.

Most items cost $10 to $17.

Allander said the menu is a work in progress; for example, the restaurant isn't serving wings yet.

He plans to add smoked brisket, salmon and turkey over the next month or so.

"I think there's a really good opportunity here, real potential," Allander said. "It's really just getting the clientele used to the menu. They're used to what's been here before."

"Steaks are coming," Jon Clevenger said.

Denise Clevenger is a pharmacist, and Jon Clevenger said he has had a number of jobs over the years. He once worked at an auction house.

"That's where I got half of my kitchen equipment," he said.

Hours are 11 a.m. to close (varies) Tuesdays through Sundays. J&D's is closed Mondays.

For more information, call 614-505-6140.


NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop is the latest restaurant to open at 2245 W. Dublin-Granville Road in Linworth Crossing, at the southwest corner of Linworth and West Dublin-Granville roads in northwest Columbus.

The restaurant seats 16 in a narrow, uncluttered dining room.

Part of a chain based in Hackensack, New Jersey, the shop offers at least 18 varieties of bagels a day, franchisee Joe Thurston said.

"I drove to Pennsylvania to one of their stores to try them out," Thurston said. "They're really, really good."

The bagels are prepared in New York City and finished daily at the store.

The shop has a number of spreads, such as cream cheese, peanut butter and lox with cream cheese, onion and tomato.

Individual bagels are $1.25; six cost $6.99. Bagels also serve as the base for breakfast sandwiches.

Other breakfast items include fries, cold cereal and hot oatmeal.

Vermont-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is the coffee supplier.

Hot, cold and panini sandwiches are part of the lunch lineup. Thurston said the sandwiches are made from premium lunch meats, sliced every morning on site.

The signature sandwiches are grilled chicken pesto panini and Reuben on rye. No single item costs more than $8.50.

Lighter fare, such as fresh fruit cups, salads and yogurt parfaits, also is available, as are baked goods, including brownies, muffins and cookies.

Thurston said he has franchising rights for Ohio and has at least five more shops planned.

Hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 614-505-8630.