The bricks are going up on two new buildings at the northwestern corner of Olentangy River Road and 3rd Avenue that are expected to house a Miller's Ale House in one and a new pizza concept in the other by year's end.
The bricks are going up on two new buildings at the northwestern corner of Olentangy River Road and 3rd Avenue that are expected to house a Miller’s Ale House in one and a new pizza concept in the other by year’s end.
“We’re really excited to get them open,” said Adam Rudolph, vice president of leasing for North Star Realty, which is developing both buildings. “It’s going to be great for that area.”
Miller’s Ale House is a chain currently of 65 restaurants in nine states that started in the late 1980s in Jupiter, Fla. The Columbus Miller’s at 1201 Olentangy River Rd. will be the first in Ohio. It will be joined in the neighboring building by Pizza Cucinova, a fast-casual pizza concept being tested in the Columbus area by fast-food pizza chain Sbarro.
A Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Palm Beach Tan and a fourth tenant that cannot yet be named also will be located in the Pizza Cucinova building, Rudolph said.
“The tenants are looking at servicing the Downtown area, the campus area and Grandview Heights,” he said. “I mean, you’ve got such great access to it off the freeways.”
The 300-seat Miller’s Ale House, which will include patio areas and a fire pit, is going into a 10,000-square-foot building on the space previously occupied by the Lyon Video building, he said.
The strip center in which Pizza Cucinova is going is at the former location of Liberty Bank, he said.
“Those buildings, we bought and tore down,” he said.
Miller’s Ale House has an extensive menu of traditional American fare, including steaks, chops, seafood, burgers and salads, said J.R. Kyes, the chain’s director of real estate and development.
While it doesn’t brew beer, the restaurant will have an extensive beer selection. Its two bars each will have 48 beers on tap, many of them from local breweries. It also will feature many by-the-bottle selections, Kyes said. The store’s average check is about $13.
Miller’s is looking at additional locations in the central Ohio, Cleveland and Cincinnati markets, he said.
In March, Sbarro, based in Melville, N.Y., and perhaps best known for its mall- and airport-based pizza stores, hired David Karam as its CEO.
Karam had left Wendy’s International, based in Dublin, as its North American president in 2011 to return to operating more than 150 Wendy’s franchises in six states.
Pizza Cucinova will feature classic and signature pies, as well as a build-your-own pizza. The emerging restaurant brand also will serve salads, beer and wine, according to its website.
The first of the two local Pizza Cucinova test sites is expected to open next month at 4044 Morse Crossing at Easton Town Center. The Olentangy River Road site is expected to open after that, a Sbarro spokeswoman said.
Information from ThisWeek News was included in this story.
©2013 The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio)
Visit The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio) at www.dispatch.com
Distributed by MCT Information Services