Ten-year-old Columbus-based pizzeria Mikey’s Late Night Slice and co-located drinkery Oddfellows Liquor Bar have moved into Over-the-Rhine—next door to Urban Axes and just a block north of Rhinegeist Brewery—becoming the northernmost restaurant of the neighborhood’s revival. The restaurant and adjoining bar are set to open officially Monday, March 18.
Known throughout Columbus for its oversized, foldable, and flavorful pizza by the slice, Mikey’s debut Cincinnati location is its largest to date, with a sizable pizza parlor, two sprawling bars, and an outdoor patio ideal for warm-weather months.
Of expanding the business to its sister city to the south, Mikey Sorboro, LNS Restaurant Group partner (and the “Mikey” behind the namesake restaurant) says, “We knew of all the amazing things happening in this area and wanted to be apart of it.”
The interior, which he likens to a “rock-and-roll pizza church,” features a number of Jesus cameos, wall-lining retro decor, and eye-popping, tongue-in-cheek graphics, like custom paintings of its cartoon pizza slice mascot placed in various traditional painting scenes (like riding a horse and grasping a can of beer, naturally). The connecting area joining the bar and restaurant sports tropical-inspired palm tree wallpaper and neon pink lighting. Sorboro says the concept behind the wacky design was to make everything “Instagrammable,” and it shows.
As for the cuisine, it doesn’t take itself too seriously, either. Mikey’s puts its same signature twist on classic pizza parlor fare with varieties like the Spicy-Ass Pepperoni with Sriracha, plus specialty pies like the Animal House (with “double secret chicken,” bacon, and cheese) and The Loverboy (with extra anchovies, “just how she likes it,” the menu reads). The pizza alternatives, including salads (dubbed “Rabbit Food”) and snacks (“Sacraments”) get equally weird, like the Spicy-Ass Salad topped with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, a hot dog stuffed with pepperoni and cheese and wrapped in a slice of pizza as the “bun,” and a grilled cheese–inspired sandwich with two slices of pizza as the “bread.”
Describing the menu, Sorobo says sarcastically, “You know, super health food. We know what we’re about.”
As per the bar, Oddfellows will offer cocktails, “Lushies,” and 16 local, regional, and national draft beers.
Coinciding with Mikey’s soft opening lunch Monday at 11 a.m., it will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the OTR chamber.
A day before its soft opening, Mikey’s will open for St. Patrick’s Day at noon.
Mikey’s Late Night Slice, 2014 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 253-4017, latenightslice.com