Manifesto Provides Vintage Atmosphere, Interesting Menu

| May 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Manifesto Tuscan Grato and Scotch Bar is located right next to the Ohio Theatre. Photo: Rich Terapak Sr.

Manifesto Tuscan Grato and Scotch Bar is located right next to the Ohio Theatre. Photo: Rich Terapak Sr.

Feel like stepping foot into the set of “Mad Men” for a nostalgic trip back into the ‘60s?

Then head to Manifesto at 21 East State Street just west of the Ohio Theater. It is the latest venture of the urban pioneer who brought you DeNovo on South High across from Columbus Commons a couple of years ago.

Billed as a Tuscan grotto and scotch bar, the menu is limited but interesting. Trust us, try the braised beef cheeks on mushroom risotto, and the Prince Edward Island steamed mussels with a big crust of toasted peasant bread. They are some of the best I’ve had anywhere in town.

Soups, salads, lots of panini and small plates.

As for adult beverages, my favorite is the Sazerac made of rye and bitters and served neat. They have a good scotch selection and some sweet special drinks.

In addition to the food, make sure you soak up all the vintage décor of amber lanterns that line the bar, black leather intimate banquets and some interesting quotes, jokes and sayings in cursive on the walls.

Outdoor seating opened May 1. Manifesto is open every day from 10:30 am to 1:00 am, 2:00 am on weekends. Closed Sunday. Learn more at

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The senior Rich Terapak has been the resident restaurant reviewer for WOSU 89.7 for more than 15 years. He has taught cooking as a hobby for over 35 years, first with Jim Budros and for the last 30 plus with Steve Stover. (All of whom are amateurs, but zealots none the less.) Rich has been involved in menu planning for countless charitable events for decades and has often cooked for them as well. He has served as chair or honorary chair for several food related events, most recently as chairs with his wife, Roberta, along with his son and daughter–in-law, Rich and Cindy, for the granddaddy of them all, the CORA Food and Wine Gala for 2012. In his professional life Rich is a partner with the law firm of Porter Wright in Columbus and co-chairs the Health Care practice there.