Written by: Steve Stover
Date: August 4, 2016

Cincinnati restauranter Jeff Ruby.

Cincinnati restauranteur Jeff Ruby. Photo: Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse is coming to Columbus in the old 89 Fish + Grill location on Nationwide Boulevard.

The Arena District restaurant will likely be open sometime next year.

Jeff Ruby is a long-time Cincinnati restauranteur. He has had numerous restaurants in the Queen City and now has three different steakhouse concepts, Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, the Precinct and Carlo & Johnny. I got to know Ruby 20 years ago when I was editing the Ohio Zagat Survey books.

Pair of Columbus Institutions Celebrate 130 Years of Business
Thurn’s Specialty Meats, home of house made smoked meats, including sausages, hams and smoked fish is celebrating 130 years in business. Thurn’s, a Columbus treasure, is located on Greenlawn Ave at Interstate 71. They are open only three days a week, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2p.m and and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, the family owned and operated German restaurant, a landmark in German Village, is also celebrating 130 years in business. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant is located at 240 E Kossuth St.

Openings & Closings
Bluescreek Farm Meats at the North Market closed May 31. However they have a full service butcher shop in Plain City, we may be able to get their meats at North Market Poultry.

Butcher & Grocer, co-owned by a Bluescreek alumni, opened in early July at 1089 W. First Ave, in Grandview.

The “Butcher” part features a wide array of specialty cuts of meat. This is very exciting. Dan Varga, formerly of Explorer’s Club & Double Comfort, provides sausages, and James Anderson, owner of RayRay’s Hog Pit food truck and Anderson Farms, will provide heritage pork for the charcuterie.

Shoku on Grandview closed, but the space re-opened May 5 as Balboa, from the people at Bodega. Balboa is very casual, mostly bar, with a Mexican menu and a lovely patio.

Paul’s Fifth Avenue, the iconic Italian restaurant in Grandview for more than 30 years, closed July 29. Paul’s had cut back to breakfast and lunch in February. We will miss Paul Panzera, his family and his loyal customers, not to mention tortellini casalinga, our favorite pasta dish.

Fortune Chinese on Olentangy River Road, which is popular for its dim sum, will open a second at 3635 West Dublin-Granville Road in the next few weeks.

Smoked on South High BBQ, 755 S. High St; Central Texas style barbecue featuring dry rubs opened recently.

Henderson Road Is Hopping
Mezze Pita Bowls and Salads, 2051 W. Henderson Road,serves fast, fresh, delicious Middle Eastern food. Check out our review.

Bento Go opened Wednesday in the old Wendy’s location on Henderson with hibachi, teryaki meats, stir fry, ramen & udon soups, noodle dishes, sushi, appetizers.

One Last Thing
City Barbeque has a new double smoked brisket TaQos, which is a combination of BBQ and tacos on a grilled tortilla. You can get 3 for $9 and they are outstanding!

Correction: A previous version of this post said Bluescreek is opening a full service butcher shop in Plain City. In fact, the butcher shop in Plain City has already opened.


  • shrimlock

    The Silent Woman Bar was i believe on East Main, just east of James.
    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
    pretty grisly, and disturbing and was evident to anyone driving around there up till the 90’s, it seems.

  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

    I need an exact and correct answer:
    Where was “Top of the Center” located? In WHAT building?

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.