Food News: Urban Chophouse debuts; Hank’s brings barbecue to Clintonville

Erin Edwards
Rendering of Urban Chophouse in the Short North

Openings & Announcements 

Central Texas barbecue has arrived in Clintonville thanks to chef Brad Harkrider, aka Hank. Harkrider’s new venture, Hank's Texas BBQ, opens Wednesday, May 12, at 2941 N. High St., replacing Old Skool. The chef-owner, a Texas native, was previously executive chef at J. Liu Restaurant & Bar. The menu features starters such as fried green tomatoes, brisket nachos and corn cakes. Meat options include brisket, ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken and sausage. Cocktails, beer and wine will also be available. You can check out the menu here

Urban Chophouse, Chris Corso’s latest restaurant concept in partnership with former Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer, is set to open May 12 at 1079 N. High St. in the Short North. The Urban Chophouse menu promises steaks and seafood entrees, as well as sushi, a raw bar and craft cocktails. The steakhouse and lounge is part of the luxury apartment building Luxe 23. Corso’s other two venues inside Luxe 23 include Whiskey Lounge and Terrace Bar, which will open the same day and feature food options from the steakhouse and a lighter-fare menu specifically designed for Terrace Bar. Corso and Meyer previously partnered in September 2019 to open Urban’s Pint House located in Dublin’s Bridge Park. It's unclear how often Meyer will hold court at his namesake steakhouse, having recently joined the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars as head coach.   

Wings Over Columbus-Worthington is expected to open this month at 7170 N. High St. The national chicken chain has another location locally at 1315 W. Lane. Ave. 

The dueling piano bar Howl at the Moon is set to replace the now-shuttered Bar Louie at 504 N. Park St. in the Arena District. The area’s other dueling piano bar, The Big Bang at 401 N. Front St., has been closed since March 2020 because of COVID-19. It’s unclear if or when it will reopen. 

Reopenings 

Tortilla and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are back for the season at the John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons (160 S. High St.). Tortilla, serving Mexican street eats, is already open for lunch hours. Jeni’s Columbus Commons location reopens today after a yearlong hiatus. Both businesses will be open 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

The Crest Clintonville (2875 Indianola Ave.) has reopened following a pandemic-related pause. Its hours are 4-10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. for brunch and 4- 11 p.m. for dinner on Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for brunch on Sundays. The Crest on Parsons remains closed because of the pandemic. The Crest’s sister restaurant, The Market Italian Village, has also reopened for business at 1022 Summit St., though head chef Tyler Minnis has moved on the Boxwood Biscuit Co.