Press for Milestone 229
December 20, 2012
Review: App Platter at Milestone 229
By G. A. Benton
Darkness blossoms early and often during these shortest days of the year, which trough-out on Dec. 21, the winter solstice (aka, for doomsday preppers, the “Mayan apocalypse”). It’s no surprise, then, that cold, sun-deprived humans have always huddled together around manufactured wintertime light. That’s partially why yule logs, ceremonial candles and decorated Christmas trees historically were used to — and still do — brighten-up the holidays.
In Columbus, a new snow-season tradition is creating late evening glows along the once all-but-barren area now commonly celebrated as the Scioto Mile. Starting around Thanksgiving with “Grand Illumination” proceedings and continuing through mid-January, about 150 wired-up trees and 200,000 glittering lights defiantly puncture the nighttime gloom. A great place to view this fanciful, candy-colored scene — while warming up with a snack and a drink — is Milestone 229. READ MORE
September 13, 2012
Drink Up Columbus
By Cheryl Harrison
There’s something about starting your day with the sound of children’s laughter that puts you in a great mood. Or maybe it’s just when the children don’t belong to you (so you don’t have to take care of them) and also there is a cocktail in your hand... READ MORE
June 25, 2012
Drink Up Columbus
By Nicole Kraft
I like being happy as much as the next person, which is why I jumped at the chance to write about Happy Hours 4, 5 and 6 at Milestone 229. Everything there is happy–happy beer, happy martinis and wines, and happy food... READ MORE
March 27, 2012
By Denise Trowbridge
The bloody mary is no longer just a humble glass of vodka and tomato juice accented with a simple stalk of celery. Restaurants across the country and in Columbus have recognized the drink’s potential as a chef’s creation, a customizable masterpiece and a hot draw for a weekend brunch crowd...
Then, there’s Milestone 229, which rolls out a menu of eight bloody mary combinations for Saturday and Sunday brunch... READ MORE
December 29, 2011
Columbus Underground Names Milestone 229 Best New Restaurant of Year in 2011
From over 50 new restaurants opening in 2011, Milestone 229 is named Best New Restaurant of 2011 by Columbus Underground.
The location within Bicentennial Park along the beautifully renovated Scioto Mile, the amazing food from Executive Chef Christian Hattemer, and the front-row patio seating that is perfect for sipping summer cocktails while watching the new fountain displays dance contributed to the Best New Restaurant title.
Best New Restaurant of 2011: Milestone 229
"...In the end there can be only one, as they say, and this year’s title of Best New Restaurant is going to Milestone 229. Located within Bicentennial Park along the beautifully renovated Scioto Mile, Milestone features amazing food from Executive Chef Christian Hattemer and front-row patio seating that is perfect for sipping summer cocktails while watching the new fountain displays dance."
"... casual, but serious menu has something to please most everyone."
"The best seat to experience the new Scioto Mile isn't on the grass - it's on the patio of Milestone 229. The restaurant, clearly an important centerpiece in the new park, has been specially designed to create the premier outdoor dining space available in the city."
July 21, 2011
"...game-changing patio has clearly upped the ante on scenic outdoor eating in Central Ohio."
"Milestone 229 - come for the views, stay for the food."
January 5, 2011
Designer named for Scioto Mile eatery – Business First
By Dan Eaton
The restaurant at the Scioto Mile remains nameless, but it does have a design and construction team.
Columbus Brewing Co. was approved by Columbus City Council in December to run the 2,400-square-foot space. Joining them in the effort will be Columbus-based Design Collective Inc., which will be doing the design work and Shaffer Construction handling construction.
“This is a once in a decade opportunity, a site so unique that it calls for a restaurant unlike anything else in our community,” Robert Valentine, Design Collective principal, said in a release from the firm Wednesday.
Among the interesting attributes of the site noted by the design group are the riverfront location, the park fountain, the new band shell and the downtown views.
The space, which also will have a 2,000-square-foot covered patio, is scheduled to open in July.
The city of Columbus and the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation began the search for a restaurant operator for the space in May. The Columbus Brewing team has not yet responded to requests to comment.
“We envision the café along the Scioto Mile to be a bustling gathering place — a place where families, downtown employees and residents from all over will come to enjoy the park,” Guy Worley, development corporation CEO, said in the release. “Having a vibrant restaurant is critical to the overall success of the Scioto Mile.”
Among the design elements planned by Design Collective are a wood fire oven for pizzas and other dishes, a kitchen that will focus on made-from-scratch dishes, communal tables and multiple fireplaces.
The Scioto Mile project will be the latest work in the firm’s restaurant design portfolio which also includes the new Hubbard Grill, M, Eleven and Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse on the Cap at Union Square, Level, Sushi Rock and Columbus Brewing Co.
December 5, 2010
Columbus Brewing to run Scioto Mile Park Restaurant – The Columbus Dispatch
Operator will offer midpriced meals at Bicentennial space
By Marla Matzer Rose
A popular Downtown restaurant operator will open a new concept in the glass-walled restaurant being built as part of the $43.9million Scioto Mile park planned to open next year.
The glass-walled restaurant will have 2,100 square feet of indoor dining space and a 2,000-square-foot patio.
The owners of the Columbus Brewing Co. restaurant have agreed to open the venture in July, concurrent with the opening of the Scioto Mile.
The restaurant, which will have 2,100 square feet of indoor dining space and a 2,000-square-foot patio, will be a key element of the Bicentennial Park area just north of Town Street. The park also will have a band shell and an elaborate fountain.
Doug Griggs, co-owner with Mike Campbell of the restaurant company, said he expects the new restaurant, which hasn’t been named, will offer a menu similar to Columbus Brewing’s. He called the approach “comfort food with a chef’s touch,” with an eye on a moderate price point that can appeal to Downtown workers on weekdays, families on weekends and young professionals in the evenings.
He said he expects the prices to be close to those at his current restaurant, which has an average check of about $12 for lunch and in the mid-$20 range for dinner. The restaurant will have a full bar.
The Columbus Downtown Development Corp./Capitol South is developing the park and restaurant for the city. Upon completion, it will become part of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.
Guy Worley, chief executive of Columbus Downtown Development, said it was important to find a restaurant operator that had experience in a “nontraditional venue” and could provide “quality food at prices people could afford.”
Worley said his group found in studying other urban parks that “a key element is having someplace to eat. We think this will have one of the most magnificent views and settings in all Downtown, along the river and next to the one-of-a-kind fountain.”
Columbus parks chief Alan McKnight said the restaurant is a key element in helping ensure vitality in the park.
“We’re very interested in seeing the Scioto Mile heavily used,” he said. “This will complement the programming in the park, and we think will add to the draw for Downtown workers, residents and visitors from outside the Downtown area.”
The agreement is up for approval by Columbus City Council on Monday. The lease agreement would be for three years, with an option to renew.
The lease amount would be based on a percentage of gross revenue from the restaurant, which is expected to be open daily year-round for lunch and dinner.