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Nada was a no-brainer for Arena District developer Nationwide Realty

April 22nd, 2014
Dan Eaton, Columbus Business First

How long did it take Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd. to decide it wanted Nada in the Arena District?

“I don’t even think we made it through the appetizers,” Brian Ellis, president of the development company, told me of his initial visit to the Cincinnati restaurant.

After a year of discussion, Nada is taking an Arena District space on the ground floor of 240 Nationwide Blvd., the under-construction future home of Columbia Gas of Ohio.

The 6,229-square-foot space is on the southeast end of the building. Its patio will wrap around that corner of the building.

“It’ll be right in the shadow of the (Union Station) arch,” Ellis said. “It will look right down McFerson Commons. We think it’ll be a tremendous, high-energy location.”

It’s also nicely situated between Nationwide Arena and Huntington Park.

When it opens later this year, it’ll also have 1,000 potential custom-ers in the same building.

“That’s a lot of mouths to feed,” Ellis said.

Nada will be the only other tenant in the Columbia Gas building. The restaurant, according to a release from Cincinnati-based owners Boca Restaurant Group, is a modern take on Mexican cuisine. I asked Ellis to put on his culinary cap.


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