Steiner is accused of starting a fire in a vent in the men's room of the restaurant at 1236 N. Memorial Drive on Jan. 5, Tolley said.
The fire was reported at 7:52 p.m. The fire was minor, resulting in a lot of smoke, but it was a serious matter because customers and employees were inside the restaurant at the time, Tolley said.
Aggravated arson is a first-degree felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison.
Steiner pleaded not guilty today in Fairfield County Municipal Court. He is free on $250,000 bond.
Written by The Columbus Dispatch