Written by: Steve Stover
Date: July 7, 2017

The new Watershed Bar & Kitchen features views of Watershed's distillery. Photo: Steve Stover

The new Watershed Bar & Kitchen features views of Watershed’s distillery. Photo: Steve Stover

We have followed Watershed Distillery since it opened six years ago, and have sampled their expansive array of spirits — from their vodka, gin, and bourbon, to the wonderful black-walnut liqueur Nocino. We also have watched the Watershed Kitchen & Bar emerge as one of the hottest table in town since opening in early 2017 in Grandview.

The dining room and bar both are pleasantly located inside the warehouse-district distillery building with a new patio out front. Headed by general manager — and Spagio alum — Andrew Schmitt, the friendly staff, sets a welcoming tone.

Executive Chef Jack Moore, formerly with the Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland, leads the kitchen.

We enjoyed a great table adjacent to the floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the distillery on our first visit in April, when we tried the signature Floradora cocktail of gin, raspberry, ginger, lemon and soda, and the Watershed Manhattan. The 2015 Bodine Malbec (Argentina) and 2014 Cave du Lugny Chardonnay (France) accompanied our meal.

We shared the Pickledillies, which are pickles wrapped in country ham with cream cheese ($4). We also sampled a pickled-beet salad with feta cheese and citrus vinaigrette ($9), the cornmeal-dusted and fried walleye wings, and – my favorite – a riff on the hot-chicken trend, the buttermilk fried chicken with lardo (whipped pig butter), house hot sauce, and house pickles ($13).

Fried walleye wings at Watershed Bar & Kitchen. Photo: Steve Stover

Fried walleye wings at Watershed Bar & Kitchen. Photo: Steve Stover

Watershed Kitchen & Bar's pickled-beet salad with feta cheese and citrus vinaigrette.

Watershed Kitchen & Bar’s pickled-beet salad with feta cheese and citrus vinaigrette. Photo: Steve Stover

We also tried the pork & beans, comprised of grilled pork tenderloin, baked-bean puree, the cider-poached apples and turnips as well as mussels with white-wine broth, tomato, and feta.

In June, we sat at the bar and enjoyed our conversation with bartender Janessa, who served us the 2014 Chateau Pierron white Bordeaux and 2015 Chilensis Malbec (Chile). We returned to the fried chicken (better than ever), along with a plate of braised meatballs over a mélange of stewed tomatoes, farro and cabbage ($13) and braised beef short ribs with miso polenta and pickled red cabbage ($24).

The mussels with white-wine broth, tomato and feta at Watershed Bar & Kitchen. Photo: Steve Stover

The mussels with white-wine broth, tomato and feta at Watershed Bar & Kitchen. Photo: Steve Stover

The current full menu – which has evolved since opening — includes six starters ($4 to $9), eight small plates ($8 to $16), and six large plates, ($16 to $27).

Watershed Kitchen & Bar is off to a good start, and we will return to follow its progress.

Watershed Kitchen & Bar
1145 Chesapeake Ave. (Suite D), between Northwest Blvd. and King Ave.

Monday – Thursday: 4 – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 4 – 11 p.m.

  • 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.