First Look: Urban Chophouse, Whiskey Lounge & Terrace Bar at Luxe 23
Three new restaurants are joining the Columbus dining scene today, Wednesday, May 12. Corso Ventures opens its Luxe 23 trio at 1079 N. High St. in Short North.
Urban Chophouse and Whiskey Lounge occupy the first floor, opening up to the building’s lobby which spans the two and will serve as a space for concepts to collide and drinks to be taken.
The spirit of the same name from Whiskey Lounge will be available in over 100 varieties, including an Urban Meyer-approved selection of special selections from distilleries like Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Jack Daniel’s, Weller and Woodford Reserve.
During the day, the space will live up to its lounge name, but at night, adopt a more club atmosphere with a DJ and bottle service.
The food will come via Urban Chophouse. Across the lobby, the 200-seat steakhouse menu includes entrees like calamari, mussels and steak tartare, raw sea bass dishes, with a seafood tower and a selection of cuts and steaks. Classic steakhouse sides, including Coach’s Pick – a 7 oz filet, whipped potatoes, Brussels & bacon, herb butter, port reduction, and porcini potato chips.
While Meyer may have found a new job as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars since the concept was announced, Corso Ventures chief marketing officer Justin Kintz says nothing has changed and that the he coach is still very much involved in the concept.
“My most recent coaching challenge may be in Jacksonville, but my heart remains in my home state of Ohio and the city of Columbus, where I experienced many of my greatest professional accomplishments,” Meyer said in a press release. “Developing the Pint House from concept to the premier game day dining destination in central Ohio gave me a sense of pride and excitement akin to bringing a team from day one to training in the first game. I needed to challenge myself and the unprecedented Corso team to come up with another concept and can’t wait to unveil it to the community.
This is the second Meyer-Corso partnership. Urban Meyer’s Pint House opened at 6632 Longshore St. in Dublin’s Bridge Park in September 2019.
Aside from the steaks and whiskey, the Terrace Bar experience is on the second floor. It has its own bar and kitchen, as well as private cabanas for rent and a large water feature surrounded by seating.
The Terrace Bar menu will feature lighter fare – entrees like crisps and dip, fruit and yogurt platter, and poke nachos, as well as salads, platters like a lobster roll, beef sliders and a poke bowl, and possibly some sushi.
With only outdoor seating, it remains to be seen whether the Terrace Bar will be a year-round open concept.
As for the 113 luxury apartments that are also part of the mixed-use development, Kintz says only a handful are still available. Shown as building equipment, residents have access to perks such as a pass to skip the lines at any Corso concept, as well as room and bottle service at restaurants .
“It’s a short drive from Long Street to Short North, but for me this trip represents a life of growth and transition,” Chris Corso said in a press release. “Since that first dance club in the 1990s, I have dreamed of owning and operating places like these three new brands and partnering with people like Coach Meyer and groups like operator Luxe 23 Preferred Living to create a luxury lifestyle experience within the iconic Short North. ”
Corso now owns and operates eight concepts in the neighborhood, including Pint House, Forno, Standard Hall, Short North Food Hall and Goody Boy Diner.
While Corso Ventures has dominated blocks of Short North in recent years, the hotel group will be returning to Park Street for their next adventure. Later this year, Corso Ventures will open four concepts that have yet to be announced in partnership with the new AC Hotel at 517 Park St.
Whiskey Lounge and Urban Chophouse will open at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Terrace Bar will open at 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit corsoventures.com/luxe-23.
All photos from Susan Post