While Upper Arlington doesn’t have a downtown, per se, the city does have pockets of walkable retail areas. Debbie Johnson, president of City Council, describes Kingsdale as a particularly family-friendly restaurant hub at the center of Upper Arlington, with choices ranging from chains like MCL and Houlihans to local favorites like Yabo’s Tacos and Tốt Vietnamnoms. Alternatively, the Lane Avenue area is a more walkable entertainment district, with upscale dining, shopping and housing options.
New: In March, fast-casual Fukuryu Ramen opened on Lane Avenue, with a mix of traditional and modern takes on the trendy Japanese noodle dish. The small chain was founded in Chinatown in Melbourne, Australia, and plans to open a third location in Dublin, Ohio, early next year.
Coming soon: Short North favorite Brassica, offering pita sandwiches and craft brews, will soon open a second location at 1442 W. Lane Ave., as well as a test kitchen and home office. A new one-story building in front of the Lane Avenue Whole Foods will house a pet store and another to be determined business. At Kingsdale, the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is building a five-story office building.
Don’t miss: Discover fun and colorful women’s clothing and accessories at Cheesecake Boutique on Lane Avenue. Here, owner Betsy Johnson offers affordable vintage-inspired fashion finds in a friendly shop environment that’s unique to Upper Arlington.
Columbus Neighborhoods: Tri-Village
Although connected through history, Grandview Heights, Marble Cliff and Upper Arlington have evolved into three unique communities, a tribute to the legacies of those leaders and dreamers who collectively made Tri-Village what it is today.