The signs are there – literally.
The buildings of soon-to-be restaurants look complete, or nearly there; restaurant logos adorn the facades; and advertisements seeking employees are posted.
And as you drive by these spots, you wonder when they will be open. Well, here's the dish.
• The opening of Skyline Chili, which has been hotly anticipated since it was announced last year, is expected by the end of summer. The location at 4201 Ice Way, off Lima Road and near the SportONE Parkview Icehouse, is part of a new build, and the restaurant is coordinating with construction partners. Sarah Sicking, director of marketing for Skyline Chili, says the Cincinnati-based company received an update from the builders that is in line with a late-summer opening.
“We should have a better idea in a month or so,” Sicking says. “We're hoping we'll have a date then.”
The restaurant will be 2,500 square feet with seating for more than 70 and flat-screen TVs. There will also be a drive-thru.
• Nestor Rodriguez was hoping to have a quick turnaround, transforming Tosani Pizzeria into the second location of Caliente Cuban Cafe in a matter of weeks.
But installing a new hood system at the West Wayne Street restaurant has proved to be a nearly insurmountable feat.
The system, which would allow Rodriguez to expand the offerings at Caliente from sandwiches to more entrée-style offerings, would take 12 to 18 weeks and cost about four times what was originally budgeted.
While it's not ideal, Rodriguez and his family, who own the East State Boulevard restaurant of the same name, are going to bypass the cost and open without a new hood system. They are hoping to begin serving sandwiches, side dishes and soups by Aug. 1.
There will be beer and wine, as well as a few dishes exclusive to the downtown location.
“That's for now, but who knows what the future holds,” he says.
• Mad Anthony Brewing Co. is expanding its reach with a second location of Shigs In Pit. The brewer built the restaurant on Maplecrest Road from the ground up, and there's still some work to do inside and out on the patio.
However, Joshua Volz, director of marketing for Mad Anthony, says the barbecue restaurant should be open by the end of the month. There's not a set date yet, but they are in the process of hiring bartenders and kitchen staff.
The restaurant, which will seat 110 inside and 80 on the patio, will have 23 Mad Anthony beers on tap. Volz says there are five beers available year-round and the other taps will be taken over by seasonal offerings, small-batch brews and other creations from the beer makers.
The new Shigs In Pit location will not have liquor. But beer fans will be happy to know that the new restaurant will have a mug club.
For this year, it will be limited – about 100 spaces – but it will expand next year. Members pay a yearly fee and receive discounts on beer and access to new brew debuts. At the end of the year, they get to take home their mug.
• A BurgerFi franchise is set to open on Coldwater Road, near Northrop High School. According to a representative at the corporate office, burger fans should not expect it to open this month. Attempts to reach the franchisee thus far have been unsuccessful.
Name that burger
What do you call a burger that has three patties, American and Swiss cheese, a cheddar blanket, nine pieces of bourbon bacon and onion rings?
The Berg Ale House in Huntington was trying to figure it out when it turned the challenge over to its followers on social media.
The post had more than 170 comments (not all of which are names), and suggestions included “What in the Ale ... Haus Burger,” Titanic, Omnivorous Mega Gargantuan Berger (OMG Berger), Wicked Triple Feast Berger (WTF Berger) and the Heart Attack.
While I might be inclined to call it the Silas, because it looks as if it is as big as my 2-year-old, the options have been narrowed down to five – The Bergoncé (“We know you'd like it so we went and put some rings on it”); The “Oh my gah Becky” (Look at that Berger); The Bergzilla; The Dad Bod; and The Phat Berger.
Facebook users can vote now for their favorite name on the restaurant's page, Facebook.com/TheBergAleHaus.
A new bakery is serving up treats in Bluffton.
Sweet Obsessions, 111 E. Market St., offers cupcakes, cookies, seasonal items such as fudge and caramel apples and treats such as peanut butter and lemon bars. The menu will vary, but on Monday, peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, Oh' Henry Bars (gluten free), candy-explosion brownies and Boston Cream cupcakes were among the items filling the cases. Items are made fresh daily in the store.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Hideout 125 is celebrating three years of business with a celebration Friday and Saturday.
There will be a tent next to the restaurant at 10350 Coldwater Road featuring live music from Soul 35 on Friday and The Brat Pack on Saturday. Doors open at 5 p.m. with music at 7 p.m. each night. Call 206-6192 for more information.
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