Written by: Rich Terepak Sr.
Date: May 16, 2013

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 manifestograto.com.


  • 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.