When Columbus restaurateur extraordinaire Liz Lessner learned the Jury Room, Columbus' oldest continuously operating bar, was up for sale, she jumped at the chance to buy a piece of local history.
"I have visited the Jury Room on and off for many years," Lessner shared via email. "I always wished the walls could talk and I have always loved the space."
The team that brought us Betty's, Tip Top, Surly Girl and Dirty Frank's has plans to lovingly restore the place to its 1831 bones, Lessner said. She was delighted to find the original ceiling and bar are still intact. And Lessner's mother, Diana Lessner, buyer for Mary Catherine's Antiques, has been acquiring 1830s-1860s-era furniture and fixtures to round out the space.
The food menu is still a work in progress as the staff gets to know the kitchen capabilities, Lessner said, but will include favorite vintage dishes to reflect the bar's long history.
Drinks are always a highlight at Lessner's establishments, and the Jury Room will be no different. Expect classic cocktails at reasonable prices, wines by the glass and a few beers on draft.
"Martinis, Manhattans, sours and daiquiris on the rocks are $4 all the time," Lessner said.
The renovated Jury Room should re-open by mid-November. We can't wait to check the new place out!