The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes
Blue Danube, the shuttered Ohio State landmark, may get a revival, according to the Dispatch. The building’s new owner, Jay Harkrider, plans to reopen the iconic restaurant at 2439 N. High St. The city’s University Impact District Review Board recently signed off on Harkrider’s plans to restore the building, which you can view here. A few of the changes detailed include keeping the existing neon sign and replacing the exterior wood paneling “with a blue enamel porcelain tile consistent with historic images.” Meanwhile, the mural on the Dube’s north side is to “be repaired with a mural of similar size and subject matter.”
A new gastropub, Rye River Social, is preparing to open in Grandview at 955 W. Fifth Ave., previously Sammy’s on 5th and, before that, Bar 145. The new concept is the handiwork of The Pint Room Group, owners of The Pint Room and The Half Pint.
A seafood boil spot called Jay’s Crab Boil & Oyster Bar is now serving lunch and dinner at 10705 Blacklick-Eastern Rd. N.W. in Pickerington.
The gluten-free café and bakery Bake Me Happy will host a Meet the Makers panel discussion on Thursday, March 19, at the Merion Village coffee shop (106 E. Moler St.). The event will feature a panel of gluten-free food producers, including representatives from Bake Me Happy, Lopaus Point, Gluten Free Sonny Marie’s and Chef's Table Columbus. The cost to attend is $5, with proceeds benefiting to Flying Horse Farms. Purchase tickets here.