Combining beer, coffee, a chef and an arcade in one location may seem like an unusual mix, but it happens to be the selling point for the owners of Ethyl & Tank, the newest bar and restaurant set to come to the campus area.
Taking the place of a pet shop, Ethyl & Tank is set to be a versatile space catering to Ohio State students in its location across from the Ohio Union.
“This is a space where all those aspects are well-integrated together and kind of melt and mesh perfectly,” said Ali Alshahal, one of the store’s owners.
The new establishment, located at 19 13th Ave., is set to open Feb. 4. with about 40 people on staff, Alshahal said.
The establishment is named after a gas station in Savannah, Ga., Alshahal said, and was developed by the team responsible for renovating The Crest and Fourth Street Patio Bar & Grill.
One of Ethyl & Tank’s highlights, Alshahal said, will be food prepared daily by a chef, featuring items such as pork rinds, catfish, handcrafted burgers and meatloaf.
Pat Dunleavy, another individual responsible for the development of the restaurant , said the group put a lot of thought into the development of the restaurant’s menu.
“A big part is our passion, our passion for the beer and for the food,” he said.
Dunleavy said all food is set to cost between $2 and $12 per item.
The bar is also slated to feature karaoke with the hope of attracting customers, Alshahal said.
“What makes this place unique is that our ears are always to the ground,” Alshahal said. “We are Columbus natives, we are well-established on campus, we know the client base on campus, and this should be an easy transition from when we open up the door to having a consumer just fall in love with the space.”
Dan Wolfe, a second-year in computer science and engineering, said it will take some time for Ethyl & Tank to become popular with students due to its location.
“They are picking an interesting spot right there,” he said. “I’m sure once enough attention is built up for it, people will start getting interested.”
Although she does not know much about the establishment yet, Hope Bagarus, a third-year in computer science and engineering, said she would be willing to check it out.
“I’d rather go to a bar and hang out with friends there than go to house parties so that sounds like an interesting, fun place to go,” Bagarus said.
Ethyl & Tank is slated to be open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.