New looks for local eateries.

New looks for local eateries.

With Alive's redesign, we started thinking of local eateries that have revamped recently, from renovated digs to updated menus and new chefs to expanded services.

Finally Full-Service

Creole Kitchen

After years of planning, one of Columbus' first Creole/Cajun eateries expanded from a carryout to a full-service, sit-down restaurant. Chef Henry Butcher and his family serve all the bayou classics in their restaurant, from their signature beignets and Eggs Basin Street to hearty dinners of red beans and rice, po' boys, gumbo, fried catfish and beyond. You can still grab meals to go, but now you can sit and stay a while at this King-Lincoln institution.

Heading Across High Street

De-Novo Bistro & Bar

Given the slow-moving construction all around the restaurant, it was a wise move for De-Novo to jump across High Street into new digs. The new space is brightly lit and sprawling, allowing more growth for the upscale breakfast, lunch and dinner spot. A special bonus includes a large rear dining room that opens up onto the Columbus Commons, making for a perfect open-air spot to take in concerts and events on the green from the comfort of your own table.

New Chef at the Helm

Chef Matthew Heaggans joins The Rossi

The Rossi has been a Short North mainstay for some time, wooing diners with New York style pizzas, the Rossi Burger and everything in between. Now the eatery has been blessed with the leadership of Chef Matthew Heaggans, most recently of the Flatiron Bar & Diner. Heaggans has revamped the menu with delectable additions like a Szechuan cucumber salad, duck potstickers and an amazingly tender bo ssam braised pork shoulder. Special bonus for the weekenders: brunch.

Hanging Ten

Hang Over Easy

After nearly 10 years of serving breakfast, lunch and beers to campus-area denizens, Hang Over Easy closed up last summer for a complete overhaul. The Neil Avenue eatery, which also sports a sister location in Cincinnati, was overdue for a facelift. In addition to the physical renovations, the owners bolstered the staff, expanded the menu and added a coffee bar for a quick pick-me-up in between classes.

Raising the Ramen Bar

Tensuke Express' Expansion

The ramen counter inside Tensuke Market has long been a favorite spot for slurping noodles, and its popularity necessitated an expansion late last year. The bright, new dining room still offers counter service; diners customize their own noodles, broths and toppings. The expansion of the Express also opened up room for a new sushi counter, Sushi Ten, sandwiched between the restaurant and the market.