The Lower Clintonville/Old North Columbus neighborhood is experiencing a serious renaissance. In just a few years, a slew of fashionable businesses - such as (take a deep breath) Lucky's Market, Harvest Pizzeria, Ace of Cups, Ray Ray's Hog Pit, Angry Bear Kitchen, Acre, Lineage Brewing, Growl! and the Crest Gastropub - have brought locals multifarious new dining, drinking and entertainment options.

The Lower Clintonville/Old North Columbus neighborhood is experiencing a serious renaissance. In just a few years, a slew of fashionable businesses - such as (take a deep breath) Lucky's Market, Harvest Pizzeria, Ace of Cups, Ray Ray's Hog Pit, Angry Bear Kitchen, Acre, Lineage Brewing, Growl! and the Crest Gastropub - have brought locals multifarious new dining, drinking and entertainment options.

So when I heard that the late and not-so-lamented Giorgio's would be reborn as a different restaurant, being an area inhabitant myself, I was eager to learn more. After reading that the new establishment would be rocking some kind of '80s theme, I began to worry that such a corny plan would produce a tiresome place with sad food.

The newcomer - it's from restaurateur George Tanchevski of Aladdin's Eatery and Local Cantina fame - is called Oldskool, and visiting it reminded me not to judge a textbook by its cover.

See, Oldskool isn't so much a celebration of the '80s as it is a "school days"-themed sports bar. The room, which played popular music from the '80s and '70s when I popped in (Rolling Stones, Bowie, Prince), evokes high school and high school sports with a flashy scoreboard, trophies, bleacher-type seating (but also lotsa shiny metal tables) and a bar fashioned out of repurposed school lockers. It's kind of amusing. And if you're a sports fan, several modern flatscreens are on hand (alternately, vintage television sets quietly play old TV shows).

The solid beer list recalls Local Cantina's; a Seventh Son Humulus Nimbus is $5, a PBR pint is $3. I also sampled an impressive margarita called, umm, Magnum P.I. ($9).

And all the food I tried was pretty damn good. Oldskool's smoker lends flavor and distinction to the crisp, brined-and-grilled Wings (6/$7) and the Poutine ($8), which comes with golden-brown, flour-dusted, crispy fries, heavy-duty beef gravy, tons of tender, smoky pulled pork and cheese curds (I'd like more).

Remember the Graffiti Burger? Tanchevski, a former co-owner, does - and you can still get one here, and it's still craveable ($7). There are also tricked-out, all-beef hot dogs ($3-$4.50), salads ($4-$9) and enough other smoked stuff to bring me back for a future, full review.