Monthly Archives: June 2010

Bexley Monk Closing

June 23, 2010 – 3:26 pm Posted by Katharine Moore

Filed under: Restaurants

We are very sad to announce the closing of one our Dine Originals Columbus restaurants. The Bexley Monk will be closing after serving the Bexley and greater Columbus community for over 26 years. The Bexley Monk has been a staple of upscale dining and was the first restaurant in the Columbus area to install a wood-fired oven. Although, it was also a popular Jazz destination, it began running into financial troubles in 2004. Owners Remo Stirpe and Chef Ben Geltzer had taken over last year and were simply not able to overcome the aging building and the effects of the past.

Please be assured that we stand with them during this difficult time for guests and staff and we will honor InstaGift and Dine Originals Certificates at any of our member restaurants. We are also assisting where we are able to with jobs for the former staff.

We applaud the long tenure and the culinary diversity the Bexley Monk brought to Columbus dining for over a quarter of a century!

It is our pleasure and privilege to serve you at any of member Dine Originals Columbus restaurants!

Kamal Boulos
The Refectory
President-Dine Originals Columbus

Spinelli’s Deli To Open Downtown Location In September

June 22, 2010 – 1:24 pm Posted by Katharine Moore

Filed under: Restaurants, Spinelli’s Deli

New Eatery Will Offer Breakfast, Lunch, Take-Home Dinner, And Online Ordering

COLUMBUS (June 18, 2010) — Spinelli’s Deli is pleased to announce the opening of a second location at 50 North High Street between Broad and Gay Streets in Downtown Columbus. It’s scheduled to open the second week of September.

In addition to ever-changing seasonal dishes, the menu will be similar to the existing Spinelli’s Deli in Victorian Village. Breakfast items will include breakfast sandwiches, fresh-baked local pastries, muffins, and bagels, and locally roasted coffees. Lunch items will include fresh-made salads and soups, dozens of hot and cold sandwiches, pastas, and flatbread pizzas. Several take-home dinner options will also be available.

“It has been my dream to have a downtown deli since the day we opened our Neil Avenue location more than 10 years ago,” said Joe Spinelli, president of Spinelli’s.

“We worked hard in Victorian Village to become known as a community-oriented neighborhood deli and plan to do the same thing downtown.”

Upon being remodeled, the 2,000-square-foot urban space will feature free WiFi, barstyle seating, an outdoor patio, and a giant retractable window facing High Street.

The downtown deli will offer an easy online ordering and pickup system for patrons with short lunch times. People who place online orders will have a dedicated register from which to pick up their food. The deli will also stock a convenient grab-and-go cooler with fresh salads, fruit, sandwiches, and desserts.

The new Spinelli’s Deli will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Spinelli’s Deli currently has 25 employees and plans to add 20 more at its new location.

About Spinelli’s Deli

Joe Spinelli and Bill Ward opened a Manhattan Bagel franchise at 767 Neil Avenue in 1997. Five years later, they transformed it into the independently owned and neighborhood-oriented Spinelli’s Deli. Specializing in fresh-made dishes and community spirit, Spinelli’s also caters meetings and parties. Visit
for more information.

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DOC Alfresco Dining

June 17, 2010 – 9:23 am Posted by Katharine Moore

Filed under: Features

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In the fresh air; outdoors: dining alfresco.


Things I have witnessed on the patio at Barcelona: two proposals, laughing that could be heard a block away, dramatic break ups, birthday celebrations, a race car driver and his team, one wardrobe malfunction, and an impromptu sing along.

After a seemingly endless harsh winter, Columbus is poised for all of the joys of summer…Clippers games at Huntington Park, a calendar of festivals and events, and dining on patios around the city.

Dining alfresco is the perfect excuse for relaxing some of the rules, and Dine Originals members I talked with love creating an experience that blends warm fresh air with grills, gardens, and the market’s summer time offerings.  Add frosty glasses with tinkling ice and you have a party, whether it’s for two or your whole kickball team!

Lunch on Katzinger’s sidewalk in German Village is a perfect spot for getting sun (and mustard) on your face; Figlio and Vinovino offer great streetscape al fresco dining in Grandview; G. Michael’soffers an intimate space with just six tables for romantic summertime dinners and Kevin at Alana’s says they have been told that their patio is very European – by Europeans! The patio at the Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus is open throughout the week, with live music on Thursdays with Alex White & Friends from 7:00-10:00pm.

In Bexley, The Top Steak House has an outdoor space for dining, drinking and occasionally some unofficial dancing.  They have a .bar-patio menu which is available Sunday-Thursday all evening and after 9 on Friday and Saturday. The special menu has sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes.

Luce Enoteca offers Sunday Brunch on the Patio and has a July 3rd Independence Day party planned featuring drinks from X-Rated and food specials from Chef Alex Rodriguez. And you thought Powell was a sleepy little village…

Gay Street buzzes from lunch into happy hour, and on into the night with seating in front of Due Amici and The Tip Top; perfect positioning for the See and Be Seen crowd.

And in the Brewery District? Columbus Brewing Company offers pizza and a pint on their covered patio Monday through Thursday for just $12.00!

Barcelona’s patio has won every award except a Grammy, and Cotter’s at the Arena is the perfect spot for dinner before any concert you have tickets for at Nationwide Arena. Basi Italia’s outdoor space transports you to another culture, and Trattoria Roma is sidewalk dining as it was meant to be.  Katalina’s Café Corner has umbrellas out with a neighborhood vibe and amazing sandwiches.  It’s just the place for pouring over the New York Times and a late breakfast while sipping on their homemade watermelon lemonade with mint or one of their five flavored iced teas…any day of the week.

If it is true, as Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, that “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.”  show me where you dine this summer and I will tell you how magic the season has been.

Ohio Wine Tasting at Cotters – June 17th

June 8, 2010 – 1:02 pm Posted by Katharine Moore

Filed under: Cotter's Restaurant, Restaurants

June is Ohio Wine Month and Cotters is supporting our local wineries by hosting an Ohio Wine Tasting on June 17th from 6-9pm. Enjoy 7 wines for $15 plus complimentary hors d’ouevres and live music.

June Events at Cotters at the Arena

June 3, 2010 – 10:06 am Posted by Katharine Moore

Filed under: Cotter's Restaurant, Restaurants

Live music on the patio with DJ Hugon every Wednesday and Thursday from 6-9pm

June 13, 6-9pm OSU Party on the Patio! Live music with DJ Hugon, $3 Drafts from the Columbus Brewing Company keg, $5 Buckeye themed drink specials, Complimentary chocolate buckeyes for all diners. Congrats graduates!

June 20, 3-9pm We will be open for Father’s Day and will have specials that every man will love!

June 24th from 4-8pm, we are hosting a “Yappy Hour” on the patio for Columbus Dog Connection. Dogs are welcome (must be spayed/neutered) unless we have rain. Live music, complimentary hors d’ouevres & glass of Prosecco, and great drink specials & raffles. Three local dog bakeries will be passing out “Yappytizers” to our furry friends. Tickets are $15. $5 from each ticket benefits CDC.