An ambitious new venue aims to marry live music, art and food.
A night out in Columbusmight begin in a snazzy restaurant, continue in a hip gallery and conclude with a lively concert. A new establishment in the Brewery District aims to be a one-stop shop for all three.
In September, Copious and Notes opened in a renovated 21,000-square-foot building at 520 S. High St. Copious, a restaurant, operates on the first floor (where space is set aside to show off work by local artists). Music venue Notes makes use of the basement.
Says president Terry Turner, "Being able to come in for a dining experience that includes an entire art gallery, and then go downstairs and experience a music show in a true club environment is something that separates us from other restaurants that have music."
Turner and vice president of finance Bill Clark set out to open a restaurant, but when they found the High Street space-previously a home to a bail bondsman's office and a lunch shop, Turner says-they saw promise for something more.
"We were able to see how the building could be opened up and connected, and that's when we realized we had something pretty special here," Turner says. "The basement also had been a private club at one point for the Fraternal Order of Police, called Clancy's. So, there was the bones of something down there that we could recognize."
German Village architect Mark Ours worked on the project. Turner says Copious is heavy on clean, straight lines ("We've coffered the ceilings in the dining room"), while Notes has an industrial feel ("A lot of concrete, brick, stainless and steel").
Copious, led by chef Curtis Hillard, features fresh spins on familiar food. "So, instead of crab cakes, we have crab and crawfish cakes," says Michael Melching, vice president of operations. "A deviled egg you've had, but have you ever had a deviled duck egg?"
He adds, "When I was going around trying to pitch the idea to people, investors and banks and such, I would describe the food as what you might have at home if Martha Stewart was your mother."
But it's the restaurant's proximity to the music venue that distinguishes the venture. "Our hope is that people come in for dinner and they're intrigued enough to go downstairs and see a show," Turner says. Artists performing this month include Phil Clark & The Soul, The Randys, Hoodoo Soul Band and Bobby Floyd.
Guests can fill their evening at the establishment, but dining at Copious is not a prerequisite for enjoying entertainment at Notes. "We're also perfectly happy with people coming in for just a show," Turner says, "because we also have a kitchen in the lower level with a completely separate offering." copiouscolumbus.com