New mid-week dining deals

Beth Stallings, Columbus Crave

Dine Originals new mid-week dining promotion Wednesday Originals kicks off today. It's a promotion that will run continuously on the first Wednesday of every month, and is designed to showcase the personality of the group's roughly 50 members.

Here's the gist: Each restaurant picks what they want to discount or run on special for the evening. Some offer all-night happy hour or retail wine, others are creating special menus just for the event. It's an offering held in lieu of Dine Originals' biannual fixed price menu restaurant weeks, says new executive director Shelley Mann.

"Each restaurant will be able to pick something that speaks to their vibe and their personality," Mann says. "It's not as strict as three courses and a set price. This is something where they get to be creative."

For example, give up your phone for the evening at Due Amici, and your appetizer is on the house. Or test your luck at Hubbard Grille where every table gets a lottery ticket (and every ticket is a winner).

Here's a look at some of the deals you'll find tonight. For a complete list, visit Dine Originals' website.

Barcelona Restaurant and Bar (pictured)

1/2 Off All Tapas!: Over 20 tapas to select from for your dining pleasure. Start your evening with a selection of tapas and then move on to entrees or create an entire evening of dining on tapas!

Basi Italia

Vino on the Veranda: A wine tasting at your own pace! Snag a seat at the first-come, first-serve Vino Table for wine flights, priced based on the excellence and value of the wines. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and learn more about the wine offerings at Basi.


Experience A Taste of Austria: The birthplace of our muse, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austria has long been known for its rich cultural and culinary traditions. Visit Mozart's to experience this distinctive European ambiance and enjoy three courses of decadent Austrian specialties. 'A Taste of Austria' includes a salad, entree and dessert for only $20.

The Refectory

$70 for $45: Chef Richard Blondin will create an "Originals" Dinner Menu for each first Wednesday! A $70 dinner for the Wednesday Originals price of $45!

Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace

Dollar Night: $1 fries and tater tots, plus $1 off Namesake Hot Dogs

G. Michael's Bistro & Bar

Wine + Food for $19: 10 wine & hors d'oeuvres tastes for $19! Themes vary month to month.

Tasi Café

First Wedding Wednesday: Offering a free cup of Wedding Soup every first Wednesday of the month with a purchase of any sandwich.

Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

Elevator 3, 2, 1: 3 Courses, 2 People, 1 Pitcher for $30 per person