1277 Grandview Ave., Grandview
Staufís Coffee is the oldest craft coffee roaster [in Columbus]. They opened in the í90s and I had just moved to Columbus from San Francisco. It was the only good coffee. And since then a lot of coffee has sprung out of there. Itís been kind of an incubator of a wave of wonderful new coffee roasters. We actually have a scene here, a really strong scene, and itís taken off from one place. Iím just really proud of the influence this place has had. Itís nice to see these pioneers that have had a ripple effect on the rest of the city.
Director of public services, City of Columbus
Sheís a badass. She was the former director of building services and these things sound boring, but itís important to growing Columbus. Iíve built six restaurants so far, seven on the way Ö in the urban core and it takes a lot of public/private partnerships to get that done. Public service oversees roads, streets, sidewalks and trash ó all these things that seem boring, but are huge when youíre talking about cycling and patios and sidewalks. Iím really excited about her new role and mark my words, Columbus is going to really thrive under her leadership. Sheís exactly the type of official we need to get things done here. She gets it. And thatís awesome.
3415 E. Broad St., Bexley
Theyíre a classic old bagel place, and they make them exactly right. I eat them every holiday Ö and theyíre a staple of my diet. I think theyíre overlooked because of their location. Theyíre the authentic New York-style bagel; they have this old school quality. I get an everything bagel with olive cream cheese on it.
Strongwater Food and Spirits
401 W. Town St., Franklinton
I have been so impressed with Chris Sherman and Kris Howell. Theyíve been overseeing that [400 West Rich] project. Itís a really ambitious project. There are a thousand things happening there ó The Dininí Hall and the market ó and Chris Sherman has really been invested in that space. Strongwater is the sort of crowning triumph. Itíll open soon, and itís the jewel on the entire project. You actually feel energy when you walk down the street. Itís been very inspiring, and the barís representative, the sort of stake in the ground, thatís jumpstarting the growth around it.
Franklinton is Columbusí oldest neighborhood, and itís nice to see it come back. It caught my eye when I moved here in í96 because itís so close to Downtown, it hugs the river and itís really just been ignored and not very loved for a long, long time. People who are from Franklinton are proud of that neighborhood, and itís an inspiring place when I think of the history and the flooding. There are these mainstays there, like Tommyís Diner, one of the best diners in town, and Miloís Deli, and like Blockís theyíre in unsung parts of the city that matter. Central Ohioís a place where we knock stuff down and build new, and I really want to embrace our past and history and identity, and Franklinton has a lot of that.