New Grandview Heights restaurant offers fresh take on pub food

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After six months, the much-ballyhooed Harvest Tavern & Pizzeria in Grandview Heights closed in February.

Tony Tanner, one of the principal investors, immediately started planning a comeback.

Tanner approached Rick and Krista Lopez of Lupo and La Tavola, about reopening the restaurant with a new name and mission.

Rick Lopez, a chef, had a reputation for high-quality food, fresh ingredients, impeccable service and retaining an excellent staff, Tanner said.

“Two weeks later, he said, ‘I’m 100 percent — I’m in,’” Tanner said of Lopez’s reaction.

Their latest collaboration, Old Spot, is now open in the old Harvest space at 1099 W. First Ave.

“The best way to describe it, for me, is it’s just elevated pub food,” Tanner said. “It’s taking familiar food and bringing it up a notch.”

Tanner and Matt Evans, both of Butcher & Grocer, a few storefronts down from Old Spot, and the Lopezes are the managing partners of the new restaurant.

The menu is far from static, Tanner said. For example, the meat pie, which is presented as more of a pot pie, recently used lamb neck – leftovers from Butcher & Grocer. But the meat and root vegetables are expected to change, depending on what’s available, Tanner said.

“Who knows what’s going to be next?” he said. “It’s like a pot pie but way better.”

The menu is limited by design, as the restaurant will roll out its chalkboard menu, featuring up to four nightly specials, this week, he said.

Likewise, Sunday brunch dishes will change frequently, he said.

Most items on the menu will cost between $12 and $18.

The 2,000-square-foot space went through a light renovation, with new flooring the bar area, fresh paint, fresh artwork, cement flooring in the dining room and exposed brick.

“This is a great change,” Tanner said. “This is a great neighborhood for this kind of thing.”

As for Old Spot, it gets its name from an English heritage pig. Tanner said one of his farmers has an Old Spot, which she breeds with other pigs.

Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday. For more information, call 614-914-8057.

Second act

Bar Louie in the Arena District closed Monday for a 30-day remodeling effort and menu update.

BL Restaurant Operations LLC in suburban Dallas, which owns the brand, decided to recently buy back the restaurant from its franchisee, who operated the Bar Louie since it opened in 2006.

Diana Isaacson, a spokeswoman for BL Restaurant Operations, would not disclose the reason the company acquired the store.

Bar Louie, occupying 4,300 square feet, is located at 504 N. Park St.

Isaacson said the interior will be refreshed with new paint, bar top and stools and some kitchen equipment.

The new meu will feature five new burger selections made with USDA-choice beef, ahi tuna poke dish, revamped hummus plate, overhauled street tacos and a fresh selection of cocktails, among other changes, she said.

Sandwich shop

A new, independent sandwich concept will join the food options in Dublin’s Bridge Park.

Frank and Carl’s will be opening its doors this fall in 1,308 square feet of space at 6558 Longshore St.

It is owned by brothers Max and Mitch Stafford, who have extensive experience in the restaurant industry with 20 years working in neighborhood pubs, fine dining establishments, bars and clubs.

The menu will have a range of 10 to 15 ready-to-go options, from deli classics to vegetarian alternatives. Sandwiches or bagels can be served cold, steamed or toasted with the customer’s choice of chips, cookies or pickles on the side.

For the obit file

Pizza Primo & More, 5216 Bethel Center Mall. A sign on the door said it is being replaced by Tonelli’s Pizza & Pasta.

Dispatch restaurant reporter Gary Seman Jr. can be reached at [email protected]