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The Columbus Experience » Columbus Commons Unveils Bicentennial Pavilion, Summer Concert Lineup!

The Columbus Experience » Columbus Commons Unveils Bicentennial Pavilion, Summer Concert Lineup! | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

“If you build it they will come.”

 

Remember that line? It’s from the movie Field Of Dreams. The words take on new life at Columbus Commons. In 2011, droves of people flocked to the newly opened downtown field of dreams. They came for the gardens, concerts and performances; they came for the family events and food trucks.

 

The 2012 season is beginning to take off, Columbus can brace for something even bigger and better than before. For starters, the state-of-of the-art Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion is open. That makes Columbus Commons a bona-fide draw for national acts and outdoor performances. The legendary Michael McDonald (of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan) takes the stage on May 24 for a free concert at the Pavilion’s debut. He’s the first of more than seventy acts scheduled to perform at the Pavilion this year. Opening up for the Grammy-winner is the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and closing out the night will be a glittering fireworks display.

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Your Summer Guide to Four Urban Columbus Parks

Your Summer Guide to Four Urban Columbus Parks | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

When warm weather arrives in Central Ohio, why not take advantage of every opportunity to spend time outdoors? Lucky for us, there are many great parks in the city that offer fun activities and events all summer long.

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I resolve to spend some time in the parks of Central Ohio this summer. 

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Best of Columbus 2015 Readers’ Poll

Best of Columbus 2015 Readers’ Poll | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Though undoubtedly unscientific, you’d be hard-pressed to dismiss Alive’s readers’ poll as meaningless, particularly since it’s easily the largest of its kind in the city.
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Congratulations to Hot Chicken Takeover and their 'best new restaurant' recognition.  However, I think that Ray Ray's was robbed of their 'best BBQ" recognition. City BBQ is not the best Columbus has to offer!

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Food Truck Season 2015

Food Truck Season 2015 | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
All of a sudden it feels like spring in Central Ohio, and with the warm weather comes the rollout of new food trucks. We know that many hardy food truckers have been out all winter long and we tip ...
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It's always encouraging to see the Food Trucks out and about.

 

(From the article): Hot Chicken Takeover has taken Columbus by storm and, as well as their North Market location, they now have a mobile operation. Their truck was at the Columbus Crew season opener on Saturday. They’ll mostly be doing festivals and private events but you can enjoy HCT at the North Market, Thursday-Sunday.

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Lineage Brewing Opening Soon in Clintonville

Lineage Brewing Opening Soon in Clintonville | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

As winter slowly melts away and Columbus ushers in springtime, Clintonville will soon be welcoming its first local brewery and brewpub. 

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I run by this place about 3 to 4 times a week while on a my six mile jaunt. I guess I will need to stop in when it's opened this spring.....

 

I hope that they have some good offerings...

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Filling up North Market: Little Eater

Filling up North Market: Little Eater | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

The North Market fills up with soup, sandwiches and salads

 

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The North Market is once again a full house. It (generally) doesn’t have too many openings and the last vacant spot was taken by Little Eater, a pop-up restaurant that has seen the inside of the Hills Market. Run by Chef Cara Mangini, Little Eater is set to open in January.

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Hot Chicken Takeover to Pop-Up Inside North Market for The Winter

Hot Chicken Takeover to Pop-Up Inside North Market for The Winter | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
In the short amount of time since their launch earlier this year, Hot Chicken Takeover has quickly become a local favorite. The restaurant's outdoor summertime setup lends itself well to community-...
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I really need to try this place. All that I read about their chicken is that it is amazing!

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Dinin' Hall Returns for a Third Season at 400 West Rich

Dinin' Hall Returns for a Third Season at 400 West Rich | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Local food truck fans will only have to wait one more month (Thursday, May 8th!) before food truck hub Dinin' Hall reopens their doors at 400 West Rich Street in East Franklinton. The popular lunch...
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The Dinin' Hall returns! But is only open on Thursdays and Fridays for lunch!

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Car2Go used to bumps in the road, CEO says - Columbus Dispatch

Car2Go used to bumps in the road, CEO says - Columbus Dispatch | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Car2Go used to bumps in the road, CEO says
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“Every city we go into, it starts out that people don't understand how it works,” Cole said this week during a media tour to promote the service, which is to launch in Columbus on Oct.
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Arts preview: An Evening of Bluegrass - Columbus Alive

Arts preview: An Evening of Bluegrass - Columbus Alive | Columbus Life | Scoop.it


Bluegrass shows are not the easiest to seek out in Columbus.


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Lunch Review: Lexi’s on Third — ColumbusUnderground.com

Lunch Review: Lexi’s on Third — ColumbusUnderground.com | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

If you’re going to go to Lexi’s On Third for lunch, you might as well order the ridiculously large Lexi’s Tower ($14). Life is short, and epic edibles that come in the form of mammoth sandwiches are few and far between.

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This looks amazing!

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Studio 35: A Really Good Bar That Serves Movies

Studio 35: A Really Good Bar That Serves Movies | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
My first memories of Studio 35 go back to my senior year of High School – in a Clintonville from long, long ago but not so far away. At that time, the theater showed two second run movies for...
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(From the article): All of the above were enough to turn things around and make “the Studio” a viable, sustainable business but there was still more to come. Studio 35 became a bit of a hang out for a core group of people. There was a lightly used bar and a few booths that created an intimate atmosphere separate from the theatre. Customers still longed for better seating, sound and amenities. They got that and more – Studio invested major capital into the guts of the building in 2012 and transformed from an ugly (but charismatic) duckling into a very hot swan of a Studio 35.

 

(Not from the article): I live within walking distance of this theatre - and it is one of the hidden jewels of the North Columbus area.  My daughter and I had the chance to watch "The Hobbit" a few weeks ago.  When there is a watchable film, we have tried to go see it there.

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Savor: My Saviour, Thank You For Embracing Clintonville

Savor: My Saviour, Thank You For Embracing Clintonville | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
The Indianola strip of Clintonville is the Rodney Dangerfield of the area, no respect. In particular, the Beechwold enclave of Clintonville (Cooke Rd. to Morse Rd) along Indianola is even less endowed with anything to be a draw to the area (well, maybe the Food Trucks at Charity Newsies, being the brilliant initiative that it is would be an exception). The area and it’s residents want what the rest of the area has – more eateries, more independent business and more traffic for the existing businesses along this thoroughfare. Enter Savor.

The space that Savor has taken over was a standard carry-out for many years. It was a place for lottery tickets and last-minute emergency party needs. It was OK as far as carry outs go but noting to speak of, or blog about. However, one day I drove by and noticed a new sign which piqued my interest. Then I saw some flyers and ads – which features a nice logo, some nice photos and whoa….wait a minute, FREE DELIVERY. Someone will deliver beer and wine to my home? Why yes, they will, for free! That is convenient.
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I have found out about another place to visit near where we live.  This one delivers beer!

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Worthington pizzeria serious about pies and suds

Worthington pizzeria serious about pies and suds | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Pies & Pints has opened at the entrance of the Shops at Worthington Place.

 

Pies & Pints is the latest out-of-towner to join the central Ohio pizza ranks, offering a full-service experience and a multitude of craft beers.

 

The West Virginia-based pizzeria has opened in a 4,500-square-foot storefront 7227 N. High St., near the entrance of the Shops at Worthington Place.

 

General manager Kenny Harper said a lot of work goes into the dough, made on premises and tossed fresh before each order. The result is a thinner crust firm enough to stand out straight.

“You’re not getting that cardboard taste or that extremely doughy taste,” Harper said. “You get what I like to call perfection.”

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Scotland’s BrewDog planning brewery in Columbus

Scotland’s BrewDog planning brewery in Columbus | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
It looks like the Scottish are coming. BrewDog, a Scotland-based craft brewer, is in talks to locate a production brewery in Columbus.
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BrewDog was founded in 2007 in Aberdeen, Scotland, and has experienced enormous growth. The company said it made the equivalent of 75,000 barrels of beer in 2014, 60 percent growth over 2013. A similar-sized brewery in Columbus would make BrewDog the biggest in the city and the third-largest craft brewer in Ohio.

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Lineage Brewing is now pouring pints in Clintonville

Lineage Brewing is now pouring pints in Clintonville | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Lineage Brewing, Clintonville’s first microbrewery, is now serving at its High Street taproom. For this week’s soft opening, Lineage has tapped its cream ale, Berliner weisse, coconut porter and English-style rye ale. By this weekend, an IPA should also be on draft.
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Hot Chicken Takeover Launches Food Truck

Hot Chicken Takeover Launches Food Truck | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

Hot Chicken Takeover officially celebrated its one-year anniversary on March 9th, and this weekend the business will launch its third inception in the form of a mobile food truck. 

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This is awesome news....

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Knotty Pine Returns to Grandview as Knotty Pine Brewing

Knotty Pine Returns to Grandview as Knotty Pine Brewing | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

When the Knotty Pine restaurant closed its doors in 2012, residents of Grandview Heights bemoaned the loss of a favorite local establishment. The space at 1765 West Third Avenue (which is technically in Columbus, but only by a few feet) has been occupied by the Rude Dog Bar & Grill for the past 18 months, which abruptly closed its doors without notice (its website only lists Polaris and Pickerington locations).

 

The space won’t sit empty for long though, as the new owners have announced today that it will once again carry the Knotty Pine moniker with an updated concept.

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(From the article): Kessler says that his home brewing skills aren’t enough to scale up to a larger operation, so he’s hired a local brewmaster with thirty years of experience to help set things up and consult on recipes. Similarly, Kessler hired Chef Bret Perichak to run the kitchen, who will be relocating just two miles down Third Street from Katalina’s.

 

“Our menu will be truly American with an Italian flare,” says Kessler. “The Knotty Pine always had Italian dishes on the menu, and had an Italian lean to it — so I think we’ll see those influences in our flavor profiles and meat choices.”

 

The Knotty Pine Brewing Company is scheduled for an early March opening. The restaurant will be open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner with weekend brunch service. Kessler will keep the establishment closed on Mondays to focus on brewing operations and expects to launch in March with a porter on draft and additional beers to be added to the rotation throughout the rest of the year.

 

“We have some exciting ideas this Spring to use local produce for making wheat beers,” he says. “You can’t source everything locally, but we will do as much as we can.”

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6 Columbus Diners to Visit with the Family

6 Columbus Diners to Visit with the Family | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

Looking for a classic breakfast or lunch spot with the family this month? Try visiting one of these old school diners.

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A number of these look like great places to visit for a breakfast or lunch.....need to plan to visit them!

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First Look: Hofbräuhaus at Grandview Yard

First Look: Hofbräuhaus at Grandview Yard | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Hofbräuhaus was originally trying to be open for business today, but a few construction delays have held up the process. The Munich-based brewery is expanding to the Columbus market in a big way wi...
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This looks like a place to check out for sure!

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Columbus, Ohio is a breakfast mecca

Columbus, Ohio is a breakfast mecca | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

They call him “Dr. Breakfast.” Nicholas Dekker, 34, an affable theater lecturer at Columbus’ Ohio State University, loves the first meal of the day, and this passion has made him a local celebrity. His blog, Breakfast With Nick, and book of the same name chronicle Columbus’ multitude of brekkie spots.

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(From the article): So, why is breakfast such a thing in this capital city? “Columbus, in general, is a good food city,” Dekker opines between sips of coffee from excellent local roaster Thunderkiss. “By nature of that, our breakfast scene is, too.” He pegs it to the city’s duality of tradition and forward-thinking innovation, easy access to fresh farmland product, embracing and nurturing of local business (yet, ironically, chains White Castle and Wendy’s were founded here), and a morning person culture that prizes social opportunities to start off the day. Not a morning person? Plenty of spots offer all-day brekkie.

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Review: Mozart’s Bakery and Piano Cafe — ColumbusUnderground.com

Review: Mozart’s Bakery and Piano Cafe — ColumbusUnderground.com | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
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It’s been a good year to live in Beechwold. The neighborhood just North of Clintonville has never really been a hub of restaurant activity, but in recent months it’s become the home of both a new Wine Bistro and now Mozart’s.

 

Mozart’s moved into the new location in the middle of summer, leaving its old digs a few miles south in Clintonville. In making the move, the eatery consolidated its ice cream operation (Vienna Ice) and bakery-slash-cafe under one single palatial roof. The new spot is a stucco and brick stand-alone with a tile roof and fancy arches. It’s a castle on High Street.

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Meyer Recruits National Championships

Meyer Recruits National Championships | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
There’s no question that Urban Meyer ’s recruiting is in a different galaxy than Buckeyes fans are accustomed to seeing...

Via Jeremy S. Jordan
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You can't get more 'Columbus Life' than Ohio State Football.

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Fried Chicken at Park Creek Kitchen

Fried Chicken at Park Creek Kitchen | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Everybody has their favorite place to get fried chicken, that crackly, juicy magical meal. I've now found my own.
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This sounds like a place that I should visit.  Love fried chicken...!!!

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Seventh Son Brewing Co. Now Open

Seventh Son Brewing Co. Now Open | Columbus Life | Scoop.it

After over a year in the works and going through a name change, the Seventh Son Brewing Company officially opened their doors for the first time last weekend for a soft launch party. The new business boasts 4,500 square feet of rentable event and entertainment space divided into two indoor areas and a beer garden patio out back.

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“We’re not sure how much we’ll be open as a regular venue,” said co-owner Collin Castore. ”But at first we need to get people in here to see the space.”

Last weekend’s launch party included food trucks parked out front and a full bar featuring other local brews on draft such as Weasel Boy, Elevator, Four String and CBC.

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Dinin'Hall

Dinin'Hall | Columbus Life | Scoop.it
Dinin’ Hall began as a design idea trying to solve practical issues of eating at food trucks and carts. Tim and Eliza love to eat as much as they love to sit, and eating street food while standing has become challenging. So, they started to dream.

Dinin’ Hall was born, a perfect marriage of street food and casual dining experiences. It features a rotating roster of food trucks and carts and their signature items, promoting their innovative menus. It provides a cool dining area of industrial charm with community tables and bar seating. This is going to raise the bar for high quality, gourmet (yet casual) street food dining, right in Columbus!

More than anything else, Dinin’ Hall is about good food and people makes a great community! It is a destination where passion for food and innovation thrives.

Great Food, Great Space, Great Community.
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Looking forward to visiting this place...

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