We (The Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau team) were pretty sure that we smelled the barbecue before Barrel & Boar officially opened in the heart of Gahanna, Ohio’s Creekside District. They didn’t really need a sign to let locals know they had arrived. Word is out and, oh. my. We’re so glad that B&B has landed in the Herb Capital of Ohio (and that they are just a stone’s throw from our offices)! What’s B&B all about? We wondered, too. So we asked Ben Mooney, General Manager of Barrel & Boar Gahanna.
1) What’s the history of Barrel & Boar?
Stan Riley began at YOHO’s Café in Westerville, working his way from part-time dishwasher to owner of the space in the early 2000’s. The company was then re-branded to Holy Smoke BBQ as a reflection of his dream to run a quick serve, slow-smoked BBQ restaurant. After opening in the North Market and finding a home on North Hamilton Rd, it was decided that we should develop a brand around the inspiration and blend of styles that Riley wanted to feature on his menu, while promoting and supporting the craft BBQ that made the growth possible. Barrel & Boar was created to reflect our passion and craftsmanship for the finest smoked meats, scratch side dishes, cocktails, and local beer.
2) When did Barrel & Boar open at 121 Mill St. in Creekside Gahanna?
We opened on May 24, 2016.
3) What can visitors expect to find at B&B Gahanna?
Our “Gastro-cue” concept features traditional and unique southern inspired dishes, paired with carefully crafted smoked meats.
4) What makes B&B stand apart from the competition?
Put simply, our product and our roots here in Ohio. The “low and slow” style of smoking meat is a practice we have loved and developed for the past three decades, all taking place in Ohio. Whether it’s Westerville, Newark, downtown Columbus, and now here in Gahanna, the support of our products and people have driven our business to neighborhoods we call home.
5) Gahanna is recognized as the “Herb Capital of Ohio.” As a member of the Visit Gahanna Herbal Trail, what kinds of herb inspired goodness can visitors find on your menu?
Our herb inspiration seamlessly blends into our specialty cocktail list. Our “Southern Hospitality” features fresh mint, Carolina-made Sweet Tea vodka, and lemonade. We also incorporate smacked basil in our Gin-based “Agave Cooler.”
6) We understand that B&B offers a nice Sunday Brunch. What do you offer? Sweet southern-style pancakes drive our brunch menu, along side smoked meat skillets and omelets, and “life changing” biscuits and gravy, paired with a variety of other breakfast items.
7) Does Barrel & Boar ever feature live entertainment?
We feature live music on both Thursdays and Saturdays of each week. Will Freed headlines our Thursday night entertainment in the bar area from 6-9pm, while Brian Peters of “Deuce and a quarter” plays every Saturday night from 7-11pm.
8) What else is unique about Barrel & Boar Gahanna?
We have space available for private events, parties, and get-togethers throughout the restaurant. We will be hosting beer dinners, cigar and bourbon events, added live entertainment, and fantasy draft-day promotions ALL COMING SOON! Also, curbside carryout will be available in the coming months.
9) Where can visitors find B & B online?
All new visitors to Barrel & Boar can find information, menus, calendars and hours of operation, and make online reservations through: barrelboar.com or visit us on Facebook.
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To learn more about Gahanna, Ohio, go to VisitGahanna.com or call 614/418-9114.