New restaurants coming to Ruby Tuesday's, Joe's Crab Shack, Payless at Sawmill-161

Jim Weiker
The Columbus Dispatch
Shake Shack and Torchy's Tacos restaurants are planned on the site of the empty Ruby Tuesday restaurant on West Dublin-Granville Road.

Changes are headed to a run-down retail stretch on the Northwest Side.

Three of four empty buildings on the north side of West Dublin-Granville Road just east of Sawmill Road are due for new restaurants and facelifts after some have sat empty for years.

• The former Ruby Tuesday's restaurant, 3730 W. Dublin-Granville Road, is scheduled for demolition, to be replaced by a Shake Shack and a Torchy's Tacos, according to a demolition request filed with the city of Columbus. A company associated with the Texas firm Verdad Real Estate, which specializes in fast food developments, bought the property in September for $5.6 million. 

Torchy's, based in Austin, Texas, opened its first Columbus restaurant in Milo-Grogan earlier this year. The burger-fries-and-shakes chain Shake Shack now operates restaurants at Easton Town Center and in the Short North. 

The Cleveland Heights chain Seafood Shake has said it will take over the closed Joe's Crab Shack building on West Dublin-Granville Road.

•  The former Joe's Crab Shack, 3720 W. Dublin-Granville Road, is poised to become a Seafood Shake restaurant. The Cleveland Heights-based restaurant, which specializes in Cajun fish boils, announced last month that it plans to open the West Dublin-Granville restaurant and another one at Easton Plaza this winter. 

• The former Payless shoe store, 3590 W. Dublin-Granville Road, is on tap to become a Dave's Hot Chicken restaurant, according to city building permits. Dave's, based in Los Angeles, announced in April that it planned to open 13 restaurants in Greater Columbus. 

Dave's Hot Chicken has targeted the former Payless store on West Dublin-Granville Road for one of 13 restaurants it plans to open in Greater Columbus.

Another empty building along the stretch, the former Golden Corral restaurant at 3710 W. Dublin-Granville Road, is also expected to have a new tenant in the next few months, said Tim Maly, who is listing the property for Black Gate Partners.

The changes are among several underway in the busy commercial corridor. 

The former Stein Mart space in the Sun Center shopping plaza will be split into two stores, one housing Ross Dress for Less, according to applications filed with the city. 

Nearby, at 6020 Sawmill Road, in the Tuller Square shopping center that houses Target, work is moving forward on a new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, which would replace the one that closed in Bethel Center Mall on Bethel Road in June. 

Other businesses to open recently in the stretch include Tractor Supply Co., which built a new store at 3571 W. Dublin-Granville Road in space formerly occupied by Burlington Coat, which reduced its footprint; and Blue Sky Car Wash, which recently opened at 3655 W. Dublin-Granville Road on a lot that formerly held a Pizza Hut. 

Several other sizeable vacancies remain in the corridor, including the Tadka Indian Cuisine space at 3535 W Dublin-Granville Road; the former Mellow Mushroom restaurant at 6505 Dublin Center Drive; and the Pier 1 Imports and Performance Bicycle spaces in the North West Square plaza.

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Note: This story updates a story first published on Oct.15.