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Contact: Stan Riley, President

Barrel & Boar

Office: 614-471-8844 ext. 4

Cellular: 614-570-0577

Barrel & Boar Ready for Westerville

When Barrel & Boar opens in Uptown Westerville it will bring a strong heritage of serving great food to a diverse customer base that began enjoying its food more than 30 years ago.

Owner Stan Riley says the opportunity to open a Barrel & Boar in Uptown adds to the excitement of expanding his list of restaurants and being able to bring this concept to his hometown.

“Its an incredible opportunity in the heart of the city I grew up in! We are a family friendly low country gastropub with craft cocktails and Ohio craft beer. It will be a great compliment to the other businesses in uptown Westerville,” said Riley.

“We launch new items seasonally and our hottest item currently is pork belly burnt ends. They are delicious! We will also offer a blackened catfish entree that we are very proud of,” he continued.

The Westerville location will be Barrel & Boar’s fourth restaurant joining the Gahanna, North Market, and Newark locations.

Barrel & Boar will join nine other restaurants in Uptown Westerville serving alcohol. Westerville, home to the Anti-Saloon League, requires voters to approve a liquor option for Riley to be able to serve alcohol. The option is on Tuesday’s ballot.

Barrel & Boar History

Barrel & Boar’s history began with what was a staple of barbecue dining in Columbus for many years.

It began as Yoho’s Catering in 1983, founded by Art Yoho after his father began distributing the first Southern Pride smokers in Ohio. The restaurant, on Westerville Rd. in the old Dog and Suds building near the Oakland Park intersection, became one of the first commercial BBQ restaurants and caterers in Columbus.

The enthusiasm and success of Riley’s beginnings at Yoho’s working as a dishwasher in the kitchen, led to him taking over the restaurant in 2005.

Renamed Holy Smoke BBQ, it opened for dining in the North Market in Columbus where it enjoyed great success and expanded into selling its own BBQ sauce.

Holy Smoke BBQ opened its second retail operation at the edge of Gahanna and New Albany in 2011.  The concept brought in a new menu with evolved dishes featuring smoked meats and a distinctly southern flair.  Holy Smoke became Barrel & Boar when Riley expanded the restaurant and moved to Creekside in Gahanna. 

The New Location

The restaurant is planned for the 8 State building. which opened as a theater in 1927. It closed in 1975 as multi-screen theaters began to take away customers. The last business in the building before it was renovated as a restaurant was Amish Originals Furniture which moved into a new space just a block away about three years ago. The building has been empty for less than a year.

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About The Author

Gary Gardiner

Former newspaper and Associated Press photographer. Instructor at Westerville Center for Photography. Owns SmallTown Stock, the Reasonably Rights Managed stock photo agency. Founder and Director for The American Scene Project, a heritage project dedicated to exhibiting and preserving photography of everyday American life.

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