Urban dining


Urban Meyer’s Pint House is a modern, open and vibrant addition to the Bridge Park section of Dublin.

Taking over the 9,000-square-foot Ram Restaurant & Bar space, the restaurant is a collaboration between the former Ohio State University football coach and Chris Corso of Corso Ventures, a local food and beverage company that owns several entertainment destinations.

“Before I thought about putting my name on anything, I wanted it to be first class,” Meyer said. “And everything (Corso) does is first class.”

Meyer expects the restaurant, at 6632 Longshore St., to be sort of a ground zero for cancer fundraising by him and his wife, Shelley. On Thursday, the night before the restaurant officially opened, the space hosted the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research. By 7 p.m., the goal of $80,000 was smashed by about $20,000.

The restaurant is still very much dedicated to food, drink, revelry and the Buckeyes. The 7-0 Room, the name reflecting Meyer's record against the University of Michigan, is one of three private dining areas in the space.

With the restaurant, Meyer joins a long list of American sports figures to put their name on a dining spot, including Don Shula, Mike Ditka, Michael Jordan and Eddie George.

Shelley Meyer said she and her husband won’t be absentee owners; they plan to be at the Pint House when they can, even though Urban is now a commentator for Fox and appears on the Big Ten Network.

“I want to come here and hang out,” she said.

Corso echoed the expectation, saying of Urban Meyer: “I think he is going to be here a lot.”

Corso said it’s no secret that the former coach is a fan of several of his restaurants, so the menu at the Pint House blends some of the best dishes from each of the others. The menu is a blend of the upscale and casual, offering dishes such as linguini and clams, Ohio-raised chicken, a Nashville hot chicken sandwich, ahi tuna tacos, arancini and skillet mac and cheese.

Few dishes exceed $19.

The beverage program has a massive array of spirits, signature cocktails, specialty drinks and wine and beer.

High-definition TV screens are found throughout the bi-level space.

“We offer a little different experience — high-energy environment, high-energy food, high-energy sports TV — but we’re still a restaurant," Corso said. “This really is a pint house 2.0 — this is an accelerated version."

Kitchen hours are 3 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Art and sweet

Columbus Food Adventures has a new All Dessert Tour in the Short North.

Among the stops are Quinci Emporium for its Italian pastries, The Pearl’s house-made signature pies, and dessert waffles at Belgian Iron Wafel Company. A cocktail accompaniment is included but optional for those who don’t want a drink or are younger than 21. Part of the tour includes exploring the neighborhood’s newest art.

The dessert tours start at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and will last approximately 2½ hours.

The first date for the new tour is Oct. 12. The cost is $58. Tickets are available at www.columbusadventures.com.

New Persian restaurant in Northland

Caspian Restaurant has replaced Zaika Gyros & Kebabs at 4989 Cleveland Ave. in the Northland area.

The full-service restaurant features dishes uncommon in central Ohio such as ghormeh sabzi (stew), chicken fesenjan (chicken in a pomegranate sauce with walnuts), baghali polo with lamb shank, and zereshk polo (chicken served with basmati rice, barberries and saffron).

Most entrées are $15 to $17.

Victoria Nemati is the chef and owner of Caspian.

Dispatch restaurant reporter Gary Seman Jr. can be reached at onrestaurants@dispatch.com.

The restaurant is located at 6632 Longshore St., Dublin. The kitchen is open 3 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday, with drinks available later. More information at www.urbanspinthouse.com.

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