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Brand New Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Concept Announced at Bridge Park

May 18, 2021

DUBLIN, OHIO (May 18, 2021) - Frank and Stacy Leary, residents of the City of Dublin for 32 years, announced today their plans to open a new breakfast, lunch and dinner establishment at Bridge Park. Kona Craft Kitchen (Kona) will be located in the newest block of development across from North Market Bridge Park at 6757 Longshore Street. Kona will not only provide an elevated breakfast establishment to the neighborhood - an often requested and much needed addition to the area - but will also offer visitors a slew of healthy and colorful lunch and dinner options.

Although Kona is a brand new restaurant concept, the Leary’s bring an extensive amount of experience to the table. Having spent their entire professional careers in the food, beverage and hospitality industries, they decided it was the right time to embark on this new adventure.

“We’ve always had a dream of opening and operating a restaurant on our own,” said Frank Leary. “After retiring, we traveled for six months looking for inspiration. With Kona, we are setting out to create an experience of our own cultivated from the experiences we’ve enjoyed most.”

Kona Craft Kitchen has been heavily influenced by the Leary’s travels to Hawaii. Kona’s name comes from the single-origin, 100% pure Kona coffee which will be offered all day at the restaurant. Baked goods and desserts will be made fresh daily by the in-house pastry chef. Savory and sweet pastries, sandwich buns and bread will be available for purchase at the cafe located at the entrance of the restaurant.

Kona’s menu will feature an assortment of local, high-quality ingredients. Breakfast items will include eggs, root vegetables, kimchi bowls, french toast and much more. Lunch will range from decadent foods such as the highly anticipated and instagrammable “Smashburger” to healthier options including salads with colorful watermelon radishes. Kona’s Executive Chef, Josh Kayser, will focus dinner fare on lighter seafood options including wild prawns and fresh sea bass.

“We’re excited to bring healthy and fresh selections to the dining experience,” said Stacy Leary. “All of our menu items will be made with the most wholesome and locally-sourced ingredients.”

In addition to the bright menu options, Kona will feature craft cocktails and an extensive draft beer program. Kona’s General Manager, Nick Pennino, is an award-winning mixologist who is curating an assortment of hand-crafted cocktails - from directional frozen ice to fresh-takes on curated classics, he’s got something for everyone.

The restaurant will offer two outdoor seating areas, an indoor and outdoor fire feature, a 12-seat bar and a private dining room. Construction will begin this summer with an anticipated opening in fall of this year.

“From the fresh ingredients to the beautifully designed space - Kona will be a great addition to this community,” said Brent Crawford, principal at Crawford Hoying, owner and developer of Bridge Park.

Kona Craft Kitchen is the latest establishment announced at Bridge Park, which is already home to North Market Bridge Park, VASO Rooftop Lounge, The Pearl, Urban Meyer’s Pint House, Cap City Fine Diner, Pins Mechanical Co., 16-Bit Bar & Arcade, Frank & Carl’s, Local Cantina, Condado, Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, Fado Pub & Kitchen, REBoL and more.

To request more information on commercial leasing, visit www.bridgepark.com/commercial or call 614.333.6415.

Photos and renderings can be found here.

Photo credit: Kona Craft Kitchen

Renderings/design: Kimberly O Design


About Kona Craft Kitchen

Kona Craft Kitchen is a culmination of all the good places and life-changing experiences of owners Frank and Stacy Leary. From warm sunrises to soft beach sand, their travels brought about them the longing to share carefully curated moments and spontaneously collected flavors for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Curated flavors that only their craft kitchen can deliver; flavor combinations that not only delight, but that can’t be found anywhere else. The Learys searched the land for the freshest and most intriguing ingredients and they’re bringing them to Bridge Park in abundance. Savory purple potatoes, sweet pineapple and fresh fish this good could only follow the softest pastries proudly served with 100% Pure Kona Coffee. The unique dining experience will have restaurant-goers coming back time and time again. At Kona Craft Kitchen, you’ll find collections carefully curated just like their menu. Finishes here are welcoming and familiar like marble, natural wood and brass. In a clean, cheerful place, you can get comfortable in a variety of seating from a cozy fire pit spot to a patio nook that feels like a favorite vacation memory. To learn more about Kona Craft Kitchen, visit www.konacraftkitchen.com.

About Bridge Park

Bridge Park is the newest and only walkable, mixed-use community in downtown Dublin, Ohio. Spanning 30 acres along the Scioto River, it is the cornerstone of the city’s long-term vision for the Bridge Street District. The unique community features luxury condos, townhomes and apartments, restaurants, shops, Class A office space, entertainment venues, 2,000+ free parking spaces, hotels, an events and conference center and multiple green spaces. To learn more about Bridge Park, visit www.bridgepark.com.

About Crawford Hoying

Crawford Hoying is a full service real estate development company, based in Dublin, Ohio. The company concentrates in all aspects of acquisition, design, development, construction, management, as well as commercial and residential brokerage. In the past five years alone, they have developed more than $1.3 billion of mixed-use, multifamily, office and retail properties. Crawford Hoying creates a sense of place; focused on consumer needs from a commerce, culture and community perspective. Bridge Park, www.bridge-park.com and Water Street District, www.livewaterstreet.com are examples of Crawford Hoying’s transformational development capabilities. To learn more about Crawford Hoying, visit www.crawfordhoying.com.