Roundup: Seven spots getting a revamp

Nicholas Dekker
Phenix Bistro

After 12 years, Rock on the Range was reborn as Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival. In the spirit of revamping and renewal, we rounded up seven Columbus spots — restaurants, bars, coffee shops and even a movie theater — undergoing their own transformations.

Phenix Bistro

51 E. Gay St., Downtown

With the closing of Criollo on Gay Street, Cafe Phenix owners Brittney Barnhart and Gary McConnell took over the space to add the Phenix Bistro, a full-service restaurant focused on breakfast, lunch and eventually dinner. The original cafe continues operations with a focus on coffee and snacks.

Highline Coffee Co.

693 High St., Worthington

Three-year-old Highline Coffee recently shed its hole-in-the-wall designation to expand into a full-service, sit-down coffee shop. Once a tiny storefront with only two seats, the Old Worthington stop expanded into the digs next door to add retail space, more seating and additional wall space for local artwork.


1312 Grandview Ave., Grandview

This past January, this Grandview SoCal spot closed for renovations, reopening just in time for Cinco de Mayo. The improvements include an expanded bar, updated decor and a larger covered patio along Grandview Avenue.

Michael's Goody Boy

1144 N. High St., Short North

Earlier this year, Corso Ventures, the owners of Forno and Standard Hall, purchased this long-running Short North diner and gave it a top-to-bottom rehab. The iconic neon sign once again lights the way to all-day breakfast, burgers and sundaes. And now cocktails and craft beer, too.

Hilltop Lager

With the abrupt closure of Four String Brewing last fall, Columbus lost two taprooms and a number of much-loved beers. Probably the most iconic was Four String's answer to the classic American macro lager: the Hilltop Heritage Lager. But just recently it was announced that a new brewery, Hilltop Brewing Company, was formed to contract brew the lager. Four String founder Dan Cochran is even coming on board as brand ambassador. The new Hilltop is set to debut at ComFest in June.

Pierogi Mountain

739 S. Third Ave., German Village

Following an exciting year that included a feature on “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives,” Pierogi Mountain launched a second location in the old Max & Erma's in German Village. This new spot, operated alongside Wunderbar in the Kollectiv co-working space, has allowed the eatery to expand on its offerings from the original Cafe Bourbon Street location.

Studio 35

3055 Indianola Ave., Clintonville

This much-loved Clintonville movie theater and bar recently launched long-planned renovations that include new auditorium seating, additional windows, upstairs bar seating and a second screen with 30 seats.