The minds behind A&R Creative group, including restaurants like The Crest and The Market Italian Village, announced two new restaurant projects today: a brewpub in partnership with local brewery Hoof Hearted, and a second location of their flagship restaurant The Crest. Both are set to open this year.

The minds behind A&R Creative group, including restaurants like The Crest and The Market Italian Village, announced two new restaurant projects today: a brewpub in partnership with local brewery Hoof Hearted, and a second location of their flagship restaurant The Crest. Both are set to open this year.

We got an inside look at both projects in the current issue of Crave magazine, on newsstands now.

Designed as a sustainable brewpub, Hoof Hearted Brewery & Kitchen is slated to open late summer at the mixed-use living and commercial development Jeffrey Park at the corner of North Fourth Street and East First Avenue. Here, the Marengo, Ohio-based brewery plans to expand their selection of hops-driven beers and will also serve experimental, one-off brews. The vibe will be Nordic with a kitchen visible through picture windows, as well as a bay window opening up to patio seating along the development's pool.

There will be a limited menu with seasonal pub fare built to share. Ingredients, and potentially hops, will be sourced from the nearby urban farm project led by A&R's Columbus Growing Collection-a sustainable agriculture group that hopes to transform underutilized urban spaces into community assets.

Opening late spring will be a second and larger outpost of The Crest Gastropub on Parsons Avenue inside the Village Pointe building. (It will be the second A&R eatery in this space. The group currently operates healthy cafe counter and juice bar, Alchemy.) The 4,400-square-foot Crest will feature a rooftop garden, two outdoor patio areas, and proposed green infrastructure.

Mediterranean- and French-inspired dishes will be crafted by A&R's chef team- Julian Menaged, John Fuller and Justin Wotring. It will focus primarily on snacks and shareable entrees.