Our downtown neighborhood has welcomed a notable new arrival. The Hills Market has set up shop near the corner of Gay Street and Grant, across from the Columbus College of Art & Design.
Today the Bus-Riding Conservative and I walked down to The Hills to check out their store, and the place was buzzing. The BRC had read that the market was sponsoring a Friday fish fry, so we decided to check it out. Although the market itself was impressive — chock full of locally sourced food, an extensive area where you can get meals ready to eat, and a decent wine selection — the fish fry was disappointing. We got one piece of battered and fried fish that was indistinguishable from an Arthur Treacher’s offering and a bag of chips for $8.99. $8.99? C’mon, Hills . . . we expect more neighborly treatment than that!
Even though the fish fry offering should have been beached, I’m glad The Hills has decided to open a downtown outlet. More and more people are moving to downtown Columbus, and we need a grocery store that can service the new residents. The Hills fills a huge void, and I’m hoping it will be a big step toward a more residential, crowded downtown area.
Now, if they could just work on their lunch pricing . . . .