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Neighborhood bars and grills connect surrounding communities through diverse menus, entertainment and liquor licenses

Neighborhood Bar and Grill Addella’s on Oak connects the surrounding community through an extensive menu, entertainment and newly licensed liquor license.Credits: Molly Goheen | LTV Art and Life Producer

After working in the University District at many campus bars such as Barrel 44, Toos and Out-R-Inn, Karrio Ballard decided to open his own neighborhood bar and grill, Addella’s on Oak.

After meeting his wife, Victoria Hink, the two 1485 Oak StreetIt will later open as Adela’s on Oak Combining her daughter’s names, Addie and Stella, in October 2020. Addella’s features an extensive regular and plant-based menu, live entertainment, and a newly issued liquor license to serve the community. Contributing.

However, there were some challenges at the start. Didn’t have a liquor license mainly due to the pandemic. Without a license, Adela’s full vision is not yet complete.

“It wasn’t easy. I’ve never been sugar coated,” said Ballard. “We sold our house to make this happen. It was what I was doing.”

There was no liquor license, and the only alcohol sold was beer and wine. Although it doesn’t have a full bar, Addella’s had a predominantly plant-based menu in addition to its regular menu, according to Ballard, whose family eats plant-based meals.

“When you don’t have it, you feel like you’re blocking the demographic, right?” Ballard said. “Basically, what we wanted to do was take the regular menu and have plant-based options. Almost everything is on the plant-based menu.

The bar and grill offers a variety of food options such as tacos, burgers, clubs, and meatball subs. All of these can be made plant-based.

Patrick Kalista, Ohio alum and general manager of Addella’s on Oak, says plant-based options will help boost business with Columbus’ growing vegan population. Addella’s is one of the few restaurants in the area listed as plant-based on Uber Eats and DoorDash, he said.

“There aren’t many options here,” said Calista. “That’s what I hear all the time from people, and I would say sales are almost 50 to 50 days. And now some people are eating plant-based burgers.”

Addella’s finally achieved a full liquor license a year after opening with the help of the community.

“I was collecting signatures door-to-door with Kallio, going out with sheets and doing everything with the help of regulars who had just gotten their signatures and posted them online,” Calista said. rice field.

Beginning in 2022, the restaurant will begin hosting live musicians such as Harmonic Soul (R&B and soul bands) and showcasing local artwork. Ballard said this is another way to increase community participation.

“We would have regulars coming in and they would know the bands we were hosting,” Calista said. “Oh, you guys sell food. Oh, you have this. And it’s all about helping each other.”

Having spent time in the University District bar industry, Ballard believes Adela’s menu, art displays, and music offer something different for students looking to venture into the off-campus neighborhood.

“If you want to experience something a little different or where you’re probably going to be there when you graduate, we’re kind of the next step in that,” Ballard said.

From its 2020 opening challenge to becoming a favorite neighborhood bar and grill, Kalista is thrilled to see Ballard and its community’s vision come to life.

“Addella’s is a special place for me because we invest heavily in the area,” says Kalista. “Put it all in. Risk your life. Next, I don’t know. We’re really getting to a point where we’re finally feeling a little grounded.”