About Us

kamal2Welcome to Dine Originals Columbus!

Dine Originals Columbus is a community of independently owned and operated restaurants in central Ohio.

The Mission of Dine Originals Columbus is to celebrate, support and promote locally owned and operated independent restaurants by providing unique dining experiences for its patrons and collaborative services and benefits for it members.
Independents restaurants really define the culture, character and culinary diversity of our city. Dine Originals Columbus has taken its place in our community as an advocate for independent restaurants.

For every one hundred dollars you spend in a locally owned business, sixty-eight dollars remains in the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures vs. forty-three dollars spent in a national chain.

Dine Originals Columbus has grown over the last ten years from 17 to over 45 restaurants including some of the top places in Columbus. In a recent Columbus Dispatch Dining Guide rating the Top Twenty restaurants, eighteen were Dine Originals members.

Whenever you are dining out, we would hope that you would consider; which independent restaurant would I like to visit and support today?

To thank you for your continued support, we offer a limited number of Gift Certificates at a discount every quarter throughout the year. We invite you to enjoy a favorite independent restaurant or perhaps visit a different one for the first time. These Gift Certificates typically sell out quickly as they are limited.

As a special service for our guests, we also invite you to give your friends, family, and business associates the perfect restaurant gift. Please consider a special Dine Originals Dollars gift certificate that you may purchase as a gift that is honored at over 45 locally owned independent restaurants. You could not purchase an easier gift that will satisfy everyone!

Nationally recognized as a leader in the “Dine Local” movement, Dine Originals Columbus helps sustain the independent restaurant members and make them more viable. These restaurants help define Columbus, give it character and pizzazz, make it a memorable town to visit and live. We urge you to support independent restaurants and please join us in our efforts with numerous local charitable events throughout the year in supporting our community. We thank you for your continued patronage and loyalty.

It is our pleasure and privilege to serve you!
Kamal Boulos, The Refectory
Past President, Dine Originals Columbus

Officers and Board Members

Tim Lessner, The Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails

Jeff Mathes, Due Amici and Bario Tapas Lounge
Vice President

Kevin Caskey, Skillet, Rustic. Urban. Food.

Katharine Moore,
Executive Director

Jeff Benson, G. Michael’s Bistro
Kamal Boulos, The Refectory
Scott Heimlich, Barcelona
Craig Hoover, The Top Steakhouse
Matt Prokopchak, Trattoria Roma
Joe Spinelli, Spinelli’s Deli
Jennifer White, Columbus Brewing Company

At Large Community Trustees

Irene Alvarez, Columbus 2020

Kari Kauffman, Experience Columbus

Christy McKinney, FoodHop

Karen Simonian, The Wexner Center

Liz Williamson, Columbus Children’s Theatre

Bethia Wolfe, Columbus Food Adventures