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Strongwater

401 W Town St - Columbus, Ohio
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Strongwater Food & Spirits is a restaurant, bar, and event space housed in a century old warehouse in the heart of East Franklinton.

We have the distinct pleasure of one business wearing many hats – while the whole operation is ‘Strongwater’ our restaurant and event space are located in separate parts of the building which allows us the ability to simultaneously serve our guests in the restaurant while hosting a private party in our event space.

We invite you to learn more about everything we are and everything we do. Please follow the links to learn more about our restaurant and event space, respectively, or scroll down to learn more about the history of Franklinton, our building, and who that lass is in our mural.

 

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Who We Are

About Our History

Franklinton was the original settlement in central Ohio, founded in 1797 by Lucas Sullivant. The neighborhood is nicknamed the Bottoms because the land lies below the level of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers. The Bottoms flooded in 1852, 1859, 1862, and the Great Flood of 1913 took place on March 25. The wooden levees holding the Scioto collapsed causing up to 17 feet of water to inundate the Franklinton streets. Luckily for us, the Franklinton Floodwall was completed in 2004, encouraging a resurgence of growth and art in the neighborhood.

The original structure was built in 1910 by the D.A. Ebinger Sanitary Manufacturing Company. Ultimately coming to be known as EBCO, the sanitary porcelain manufacturing company eventually invented the public drinking fountain as we know it. When EBCO left in the 1950s the building housed tenants like Sweden Freezer, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and Eickholt Glass. 400 West Rich moved into the building in 2011 and shortly thereafter Strongwater was born from the creative spirits of 400 West Rich, with whom we share our historic home.

The event space opened in August of 2013, the bar opened in October, and the kitchen was open by January of 2014.

The Strongwater bar is located in what once was the lobby of EBCO – we still use the administrative offices for semi-private dining. We’ve done our best to preserve and feature the original materials from the building, including the original sawtooth windows in the event space ceiling, the Terrazzo flooring with the EBCO logo, Birch wood repurposed into the bar and tables, displays of strange archaic machinery, and massive tools and bolts that look like they were made for an ancient race of giants.

In recognition of Franklinton’s flood-filled history, Strongwater features an enormous mural of Grace Darling’s famous portrait on one wall of the bar and restaurant. Born into a lighthouse owner’s family, Grace Darling battled some strong water herself in the early morning on September 7, 1838 after she spotted the shipwrecked sailors of the SS Forfarshire marooned on a nearby rocky island. She and her father risked dangerously stormy seas and set out in a rowboat to rescue the men. The courage that Grace and her family displayed caused her to be a media celebrity in her day, and a museum was established in 1938 to commemorate her life and bravery.

Today, Strongwater strives to be the forerunner in innovational communal gathering in the growing Franklinton arts community, constantly expanding and changing to meet the needs required to encompass both an elevated dining experience and an atmosphere that hearkens to our roots as a neighborhood bar. Whether you want a hopping happy hour, your wedding in our event space, a food menu with more than one vegan option, a quick bite before strolling through 400 West Rich, or a relaxing nightcap on our patio, there’s a place for you here.

 

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Photos By Adam Lowe Photography (Strongwater Building), Rosey Red Photography (Couches) and 222 Photography (Street Signs)

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Romina Huffman
Romina Huffman
The Lamb was really good. A little too spicy for me but still very good. We also liked the scallops. The cocktails were very refreshing and the desserts were delicious. We love the atmosphere as well.
William Clemens
William Clemens
Really interesting and historic feeling space to enjoy a dinner or drinks. They have several partitioned rooms that you can reserve for free. The entree was probably a tad overpriced but the bread of the day appetizer is really fantastic value and was the highlight of our meal.Service is attentive and friendly while not being in-your-face. When we were there it was just the bartenders circling around to the tables, which gave a nice small business vibe to the place. The area and event space are also gorgeous and I'm not surprised they are a popular wedding location.
Heather Michelle
Heather Michelle
Delicious cocktails and great service
Craig
Craig
A wonderful and unique spot. I visited for the Kitchen and Bar. Bold cocktails that pay off in presentation, as well as taste. Food that shares that same boldness. Try the Brussels to start. I finished the night with Shrimp and Grits. It wasn't printed on the menu at the time, but it was available...and fantastic. Worth the visit, and worth the environment that you can't quite get anywhere else around Columbus.
Laura W.
Laura W.
Divine. Such a fun find. Razzle Dazzle got me twice. Risotto sourdough bread with honey. Wow. Spicy chicken sandwich rocked. Simple. Fun. And yes diff so...
Carol A Beck
Carol A Beck
Great dinner with family!
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Strongwater Food and Spirits is a restaurant, bar, and event space in the heart of East Franklinton.

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Let us do the cooking tonight! Come in  and enjoy our Lamb Ribs with fennel soy marinade and fried rice! Link in bio to book your table 🍽
It’s wedding morning at Strongwater! The courtyard is ready to go for todays gorgeous couple 🌱🌿

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Love lives in Franklinton 🤍
Join us for a Mocktail. 

Seedlip features A warm, aromatic blend of Allspice & Cardamom with fresh citrus top notes to balance the long bitter finish. The perfect substitute for Gin with that same great refreshing flavor 🍸
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