Columbus' Bradley Park area boasts a few new national offerings.
I noticed some of the highlights while exploring the area on my lunch break. This list is by no means exhaustive, so if I overlooked something please drop me a note.
That said, here are three highlights worth noting.
Since everyone generally loves to talk about food, I'll start with the new dining option: Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop, which sits near CiCi's Pizza Buffet and Bruster's Real Ice Cream. Employees told me the business opened Aug. 1, but will hold its official grand opening Aug. 15.
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Big shocker: This place sells sandwiches. It started in Eau Claire, Wis., and branched out. The defining characteristic? Mr. Guts, who really isn't as creepy as he sounds. The name refers to a piece of bread that's scooped out from the inside of a sandwich. You'll get your very own edible Mr. Guts with your order.
I'm guessing Mr. Guts tastes best when paired with a side of soup. I opted for chips on the side, but still enjoyed the extra piece of bread.
The shop has three categories of sandwiches: classic ($4.69), specialty ($5.69) and signature ($6.09). You can make your sandwich a combo by adding chips/soup and a drink. I opted for the Narmer, a turkey and avocado sandwich in the "specialty" category. View the restaurant's full menu here.
My sandwich was fresh and filling. Next time, I'll probably opt for something a little more adventurous from the "signature" category.
Now, let's move to the retail options. There are two relatively new additions near Panera Bread.
Addition No. 1: francesca’s, a women's clothing store with over 350 boutiques in 45 states across the country, according to its website. I've been a fan of francesca’s for quite some time. Expect jewelry, handbags, cute outfits and some additional gift items. Many dresses cost $40-$50, but the store regularly has some pretty impressive sales. I usually rely on francesca's for fun, going-out apparel...as opposed to work attire. The local store opened July 6, according to an employee. Learn more here.
Addition No. 2: Soma Intimates, which carries lots of lingerie but also has some other items of women's clothing. I spotted a pretty cute dress in the window. I heard the store opened closer to the end of July. Soma opened its first store in 2004 and has more than 200 boutiques. Learn more here.
Discussion time: What do you think of the additions?
Fill in the blanks: The Bradley Park area needs more ___________ and fewer ____________.