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However, the working name Columbus Fish & Oyster won’t likely stay. Director of operations Mark D’Alessandro says that “The project is still happening, but we’re going to go through a name change." The name, the group feels, is too casual for the upscale seafood concept they want to create. Entree prices will hover around those of Sorellina and Mistral, $20-$40, confirmed D’Alessandro.
The group plans to knock down a wall to a private dining room, expanding the main dining room to 118 seats. A private dining room will still be available, accommodating 45. The bar will be cut down in half to seat 17, but will also include a lounge area to the left of the bar.
“We’re definitely getting excited about this project,” said D’Alessandro. “For a big city on the shore, it doesn’t make sense that there aren’t more great seafood restaurants.”