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First Look: Local Cantina at The Cap

 

The newest location of Local Cantina is now open, transforming the old Stack City spot at The Cap. It marks the ninth location for the brand, with its first location outside of Columbus opening in Dayton later this fall.

 

With nearly 200 seats inside and on the patio, Local Cantina in the Short North is the largest of all its locations. In close proximity to the Convention Center and other Short North and Downtown attractions, owner George Tanchevski says they’ve found a good fit for their latest Columbus store.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/first-look-local-cantina-at-the-cap-ls1

 

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Former Leone’s Pizza Owner Finds New Home at the Osteria at Camelot Cellars

 

Leone’s Pizza fans can end their mourning. The Salem Village shop may have shuttered in October, but its owner and head chef have found new digs at the Osteria at Camelot, in Olde Towne East. 

 

Since his first kitchen position, chef Ryan LaRose has cultivated a craft for pie-making, bouncing from Florida to New York to Missouri in the process. Though he’s serving up flatbreads, not pizza, at the Osteria, his following will feel at home with “the same dough, the same cheese, the same sauce, and all the same toppings,” he says.

 

He’s also putting out a long list of appetizers, pastas, and chicken and steak entrees. Together with Camelot Owner Janine Aquino, they’re aiming to educate diners on Italian cuisine and the wines to pair with it. 

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/former-leones-pizza-owner-finds-new-home-at-the-osteria-at-camelot-cellars-ls1

 

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Grandview pizzeria closes, but owner has plans for the space

 

Harvest Pizzeria in Grandview Heights is closed, but a new concept from the owner will take its place.

 

Owner Chris Crader confirmed that his restaurant at 1099 W. 1st Ave. closed for remodeling over the weekend and that when it reopens, it will not be under the Harvest brand he’s expanded over the past several years.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/02/25/grandview-pizzeria-closes-but-owner-has-plans-for.html

 

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Cameron Mitchell Restaurants Announces Two New Concepts for 711 N. High

 

The Short North building at 711 N. High St. will host two new Cameron Mitchell Restaurants concepts: Del Mar SoCal Kitchen and the Lincoln Social Rooftop. Located at 705 and 711 N. High St. respectively, the two restaurants will open in April 2019.

 

Although still in development, Del Mar SoCal Kitchen will stay true to its name, offering California-inspired dishes and cocktails, and promising “good food, good vibes and good times to remember.”

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/cameron-mitchell-restaurants-announces-two-new-concepts-for-711-n-high-ls1

 

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Cameron Mitchell's newest Short North offerings – a restaurant and a rooftop bar – open in April

 

California cuisine and a rooftop lounge are Cameron Mitchell Restaurants' next Short North additions.

 

The Columbus company committed to the 711 N. High St. project in 2016with its sights on two spaces there – one on the ground floor and one on the roof. On Monday, it provided some added detail on what those ventures will be.

 

Del Mar SoCal Kitchen will take that first floor spot and Lincoln Social Rooftop will crown the building.

 

Both are expected to open in April.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/02/25/cameron-mitchells-newest-short-north-offerings-a.html

 

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Grandview pizzeria closes, but owner has plans for the space

 

Harvest Pizzeria in Grandview Heights is closed, but a new concept from the owner will take its place.

 

Owner Chris Crader confirmed that his restaurant at 1099 W. 1st Ave. closed for remodeling over the weekend and that when it reopens, it will not be under the Harvest brand he’s expanded over the past several years.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/02/25/grandview-pizzeria-closes-but-owner-has-plans-for.html

 

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I used to say Grandview was cutthroat regarding pizza due to all the competition but now it's getting to the point that pizza demand is way down in the area. Outside of the seemingly invincible Granddad's and Panzera's it seems Grandview's food tastes are mirroring the Short North's more than anything.

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The Pit BBQ Grille to Open Second Location this Spring

 

Columbus is doubling up on locations of The Pit BBQ Grille, the second one coming to Parsons Avenue — and with a full bar — this spring. 

 

The Pit first opened up at 3545 Cleveland Ave. in 2016, following that up with the debut of their food truck a year later. This second location is at 1542 Parsons Ave., between the fire station and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a spot that co-owner D’Andre Martin says keeps them centralized in the community they serve.

 

“With our first location, we wanted to be part of the community, and we feel Parsons has the same feeling, being part of the community that supports you,” Martin says. “It’s an up and coming area, and to be a part of that movement — we think we’re coming in at the perfect time.”

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/the-pit-bbq-grille-to-open-second-location-this-spring-ls1

 

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Land purchase could signal new Hilliard-area restaurant

 

Could Hilliard Rome Road be getting a new wing joint?

 

The almost 5,000-square-foot building at 1840-1844 Hilliard Rome Road has a new owner, having been acquired for $2.3 million in January by Spring Everywhere LLC. That entity was registered with the state by Shanghai Enterprises LLC, which is owned by local restaurateur Jason Liu.

 

Liu owns two J. Liu restaurants in Dublin and Worthington with plans for a third in Upper Arlington. He’s also co-owner, along with Scott Walker of Olympus Homes Inc., of the new Woody’s Wing House, which opened last year at Crosswoods.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/03/04/land-purchase-could-signal-new-hilliard-area.html


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See inside: Coworking space, bar and restaurant ready to open in historic home of Max & Erma's

 

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Kollektiv doesn’t offer any beds to sleep in. But with its commitment to both the professional lives and social lives of its members, maybe it should.

 

The new coworking space/bar/restaurant will open at 739 S. 3rd St. in German Village March 15 as both a place to work during the day and a place to unwind with a drink and a meal in the evenings. 

 

Katie Murray, Kollectiv's co-founder, said the goal is to create a space that will inspire creativity and productivity for its members.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/03/05/see-inside-coworking-space-bar-and-restaurant.html


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First Look: Condado Tacos at Bridge Park West

 

Condado Tacos’ sixth Columbus location and 11th location overall will open at Bridge Park West in Dublin this Thursday.

 

The new restaurant sits at 102 N. High St., near The Avenue Steak Tavern and upcoming locations of No Soliciting and The Pearl. It offers 3,100 square feet, with 600 square feet dedicated to the patio.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/first-look-condado-tacos-at-bridge-park-west-ls1

 

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Goody Boy Grand Opening Party

 

Celebrate the grand reopening of the beloved and historic Short North establishment, Goody Boy on Thursday, March 14!

 

Be the one of the first guests to experience the newly renovated and iconic destination. Enjoy sample bites from the new menu, which will offer a unique spin on comfort food favorites for guests to enjoy.

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/goody-boy-grand-opening-party-mg1

 

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Nate’s Steamed Bagels Sees Rapid Expansion Throughout Columbus

 

One of Columbus’ newest food trucks will set up shop at several new locations this year. Nate’s Steamed Bagels, founded in 2017 by Nate Schott and launched in food truck format last summer, has partnered with Antiques on High, and will soon be available from the Brewery District to Franklinton, to the South Side.

 

The concept was just a twinkle in Schott’s eye as he was attending Miami University of Oxford and routinely slamming the steamed bagel sandwiches from the Bagel & Deli on the college’s campus. 

 

“I decided that I would open Nate’s Bagels some day,” he said from the inside of the Steamed Bagels truck. After moving from Ohio to Chicago, and back to Ohio, he went four years without his fix, one day resolving that, “I had to bring it back. I bought a steamer that night.”

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/nates-steamed-bagels-sees-rapid-expansion-throughout-columbus-ls1

 

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Wunderbar, Pierogi Mountain Opening Alongside Co-Working Space in German Village

 

A German Village staple has officially been replaced, but its remnants can be found for those who are looking. Max & Erma’s, which operated in German Village for 45 years, has become a combination co-working space, bar and restaurant. Kollektiv, a co-working and office leasing company, shares the three-story building with Pierogi Mountain’s second location and a new concept, Wunderbar. It’ll open to the public on March 15.

 

Kollektiv offers 11 dedicated desks and six private offices, as well as 40 hot desks and several conference rooms. The ground floor they’ve dedicated to the full bar and restaurant, Wunderbar and Pierogi Mountain. 

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/wunderbar-pierogi-mountain-opening-alongside-co-working-space-in-german-village-ls1

 

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Shit has hit the fan at Columbus-area Sonic Drive-Ins! A full walkout took place at Circleville, near-full walkouts at Grove City and Lancaster plus Groveport and Whitehall closed for good all in the course of a week. Bad juju surrounding corporate takeovers from the franchisees seems to be to blame

 

CIRCLEVILLE – Employees have walked off the job at the Sonic restaurant at the 1415 South Court Street location with the doors are locked and lights out.  A handwritten note on the door says, that ”the new owners are treating them bad and they have closed down the restaurant.”

 

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Hangover Easy Olde Towne East Nears Grand Opening

 

Hangover Easy Olde Towne East (HOE OTE) will open this Wednesday, with some menu items offered exclusively at the new location. Sitting at 51 Parsons Ave., in the old Black Creek Bistro spot, HOE OTE will be the restaurant’s second location in Columbus and fourth in Ohio.

 

The Olde Towne location is just a bit smaller than their Neil Avenue location, fitting roughly 70 patrons into its separate dining room and bar areas. There they’ll carry on the “breakfast cures all” mantra with their menu of breakfast entrees, omelettes, and sandwiches, plus a few new items only available in OTE. 

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/hangover-easy-olde-towne-east-nears-grand-opening-ls1

 

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Owner of Butcher & Grocer, La Tavola to Open New Grandview Restaurant

 

The brains behind The Butcher & Grocer and La Tavola are coming together for a new restaurant in Grandview Heights.

 

The Old Spot, named after an historic Gloucestershire Old Spots pig breed, will open inside the former Harvest Pizzeria at 1099 W. First Ave. It’ll be owned and operated by Tony Tanner, owner of The Butcher & Grocer, in partnership with Rick and Krista Lopez of La Tavola and Lupo on Arlington, and Matt Evans, an investor in The Butcher & Grocer and Harvest.

 

More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/owner-of-butcher-grocer-la-tavola-to-open-new-grandview-restaurant-ls1

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/03/13/this-is-what-will-be-opening-in-the-former-harvest.html

 

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Fast-Casual Somali Restaurant Coming to North Market

 

The North Market announced this morning that Hoyo’s Kitchen — a Somali restaurant located in the Columbus Square Shopping Center on the city’s northeast side — will be opening a fast-casual concept of the same name within the Downtown public market.

 

“The addition of Hoyo’s Kitchen to the historic North Market is much bigger than simply a story about food,” stated North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe. “The Somali community is a vital part of the fabric of Columbus and now the Somali cultural experience is moving from the edges of our community to find a home in the heart of our city.”

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/hoyos-kitchen-north-market-we1

 

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Expanded menu highlights Columbus diner's new space

 

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A popular Ohio State University-area diner now has a second Columbus restaurant.

 

Hangover Easy now is open at 51 Parsons Ave. in an Olde Towne East. It is a spot that had been occupied by Black Creek Bistro for the past decade.

 

“It was time,” said Hangover Easy owner Nick Pedro. “We’ve always wanted to add in Columbus, so we’d been looking for a while.”

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/03/15/expanded-menu-highlights-columbus-diners-new-space.html


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Short North Goody Boy Reopens This Weekend

 

After three months of renovations, Short North Goody Boy will reopen to the public on Friday, March 15. 

 

A neighborhood staple since 1947, Goody Boy has changed hands, closed and reopened several times, most recently closing for a full interior and exterior makeover under the co-ownership of Jimmy Velio (Goody Boy owner since 2009) and Chris Corso, CEO of Corso Ventures (Short North Pint House, Standard Hall, Forno Kitchen + Bar, Short North Food Hall). 

 

This latest iteration brings back the mid-century modern aesthetic from the days of its first opening. A revamped patio boasts colorful benches, stools and gliders. Inside, the vibrant color palette continues into two separate rooms, each with their own bar. Similar to Standard Hall, large windows open out from the bars to the patio, allowing guests to order without going inside.

 

 More below:

https://www.columbusunderground.com/short-north-goody-boy-reopens-this-weekend-ls1

 

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Country Music Bar & Restaurant Headed for Short North

 

Brian Swanson (Bodega, Grandview Cafe, Hadley’s, Balboa) is opening up a new Short North restaurant in Nashville style. Bristol Republic, a live music venue, barbecue restaurant and bourbon bar, will take over the former Basil space at 1124 N. High St. 

 

Those familiar with Smoked on High will feel right at home at Bristol; Smoked on High owner Max McGarity is leading the barbecue efforts, setting up a smoker on-site and bringing his brand of barbecue to a new side of town.

 

“When [Swanson] said ‘country, bourbon, barbecue,’ I raised my hand and said ‘I’m in,’” says McGarity, who opened up Smoked on High in the Brewery District in 2017. “There’s not a lot like that in the Short North, or really in the greater Columbus area.”

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/country-music-bar-restaurant-headed-for-short-north-ls1


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Third Angry Baker Location Now Open

 

The Angry Baker brand is spreading throughout the Columbus area, getting a third location in Upper Arlington this past weekend.

 

The Angry Bakery, the baked goods-centric offshoot of the full Angry Baker restaurant, has replaced Purple Sage Bakery at 1962 N. Mallway Dr. Purple Sage closed its storefront earlier this month, leaving behind an intimate space that co-owner Erin Hall says is the ideal spot to further expand their bakery operations.

 

“We weren’t actually searching for a third location,” says Hall, who became co-owner when their Short North location opened in 2018. “Purple Sage bakery was looking to sell their retail spot in Upper Arlington and contacted us to see if we were interested. It was an opportunity that we just couldn’t pass up.”

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/third-angry-baker-location-now-open-ls1

 

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Ann Arbor-Based Coffee Shop Opens OSU Location

 

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A Michigan-based coffee shop is preparing to open their third Central Ohio location with a new shop right next door to The Ohio State University. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea will take on 1,700 square feet of space at 15 E. 17th Ave. inside the new Wellington building. The announcement marks the second coffee shop for the building, which already contains a Starbucks inside the Target that opened last summer.

 

Franchise owner, Sudhindra Jadcherla hopes that the unique offerings of Sweetwaters will entice customers to check them out.

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/sweetwaters-wellington-osu-we1


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San Francisco Indian restaurant coming to Columbus

 

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A modern Indian restaurant operator with sites in San Francisco and New York is settling into the Short North next.

 

The former Westies at 685 N. High St. will become Rooh, a modern Indian restaurant expected to open this summer.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/03/25/san-francisco-indian-restaurant-coming-to-columbus.html


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Downtown bakery relaunching lunch, catering

 

A downtown bakery is back open and serving up some Hawaiian-inspired savory options to go with its sweets.

 

Koko Tea Salon & Bakery, which had been using its space in the Seneca Building at 361 E. Broad St. for private events only, has reopened during the week with a menu of so-called “popos” and other dishes hailing from owner Ava Misseldine’s native Hawaiian islands.

 

“We’ve had several variations on lunch, but nothing felt right,” Misseldine said. “We know the people here want some thing fast and inexpensive but still good.”

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/03/29/downtown-bakery-relaunching-lunch-catering.html


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Former CBC restaurant space in the Brewery District getting new life

 

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The old CBC is becoming P and G.

 

The owners of Pat and Gracie’s are adding a third restaurant to their portfolio. P and G Wood Fired Kitchen, a twist on their existing taverns, is taking over the space at 525 Short St. in the Brewery District that for the previous two decades was CBC Restaurant.

 

“(Co-owner Tony Wildman) and I are trying a new concept in that space,” co-owner Matt Rootes said in an email. “We will have some of our favorites and a lot of new menu items.”

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/03/31/former-cbc-restaurant-space-in-the-brewery.html

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You might wonder why I'm posting an article about New York City pizza in the Columbus restaurant thread. Well apparently Columbus' most respected local dish isn't Johnny Marzetti, it's pepperoni:

 

The Kings of the Dollar Slice Build a Better Pizza
 

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[Eli and Oren Halali, owners of 2 Brothers Pizza] sought out “Supreme Special” pepperoni, made by the Ezzo company in Columbus, Ohio, because it has no fillers and excels at forming the “roni cups” that pizza lovers are currently swooning over, especially on Instagram.

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The full article if anyone's interested:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/19/dining/nyc-pizza-upside-dollar-slice.html


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Downtown Business Launching Offshoot in Former Criollo Space

 

After Criollo closed on East Gay Street, Cafe Phenix co-owner Gary McConnell saw a “golden opportunity.” Located just a few doors down, at 51 E. Gay St., it’ll be the home of Cafe Phenix’s offshoot, Phenix Bistro.

 

Phenix Bistro will be a full-service diner serving breakfast and lunch. Expect American- and English-style entrees ranging from bacon, eggs, and sausage, to omelettes, waffles and pancakes, to specialty sandwiches and smoked meats. Dinner will be added after the restaurant is up and running.

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/downtown-business-launching-offshoot-in-former-criollo-space-ls1

 

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70s-Themed Good Night John Boy to Open at the Gateway

 

It was recently announced that five new tenants would be heading to the Gateway in the University District. Good Night John Boy, a 70s-themed bar and restaurant conceptualized by the brains behind Flipside up at Easton, is just one of them, and it’ll open up in the old Oxley’s space later this year.

 

First introduced in Cleveland, Good Night John Boy will bring a retro dynamic to the new development at the Gateway. The name is a nod to The Waltons, a TV show that ran in the 70s and 80s whose lead character was John Boy, the eldest son of the Walton family. Each night, the family would say good night to each member.

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/70s-themed-good-night-john-boy-to-open-at-the-gateway-ls1

 

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P&G Wood Fired Kitchen Headed for Former CBC Restaurant

 

The team behind Pat & Gracie’s are launching a new restaurant concept headed for the former CBC Restaurant. P&G Wood Fired Kitchen will open this summer.

 

The P&G menu won’t be a far cry from that of its sister locations, but co-owner Matt Rootes says to expect an array of unique dishes, like wood fired steaks, ribs, and chicken dishes, along with some sandwiches and salads. As the space possesses a wood fired oven, the plan is to add flatbreads down the road. He says P&G is an attempt to offer some moderately priced evening fare — to be a place “where you don’t have to spend $50 or $60 on a steak.”

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/pg-wood-fired-kitchen-headed-for-former-cbc-restaurant-ls1

 

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Another Shake Shack is coming to Columbus

 

Columbus will get a second helping of Shake Shack.  The popular New York-based burger chain hasn’t yet opened its first Central Ohio restaurant, but already has a second in the works. It is slated to be part of the Graduate Hotel project at 750 N. High St. in the Short North.

 

Signs for the restaurant will go before the Italian Village Commission Tuesday night for approval.  Shake Shack has not yet commented on the plan, while Chicago-based AJ Capital Partners, owners of the property and operators of the hotel chain, declined to comment.  Shake Shack last year announced plans to open at Easton Town Center.

 

Graduate is going into the 11-story, 82,000-square-foot former Bollinger Tower building.  It will have 171 rooms and is expected to open in the fall.  Poindexter Coffee, a coffee shop that is part of other Graduate hotels, also will be on the ground floor, according to the documents filed with Italian Village Commission. 

 

MORE:  https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/04/09/another-shake-shack-is-coming-to-columbus.html

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Local Bakery Opening Store Front on Parsons Avenue

 

A local bakery has landed on the South Side for their first brick and mortar. J’s Sweet Treats and Wedding Cakes, started in 2016 in the home of founder Juana Williams, will open at 1540 Parsons Ave. later this year. 

 

J’s will share a building with The Pit BBQ Grille’ssecond location, which was announced last month. At 950 square feet, the intimate space will house J’s vast inventory of sweets. The bakery is known primarily for its custom wedding cakes, but J’s will make everything already available to order on their website, including all occasion cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, and caramel and chocolate-dipped apples. A traditional bakery, J’s won’t have an espresso bar, though coffee, pops and juices will be available. 

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/local-bakery-opening-store-front-on-parsons-avenue-ls1

 

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Cincinnati-Based Taft’s Ale House Announces Columbus Location

 

Cincinnati-based Taft’s Ale House is bringing its craft beer and New Haven-style coal-fired pizza to the Columbus market. The brewery will open its third location later this year at Gravity in Franklinton, joining BARK, Cova Cowork, Pelotonia, and The Roosevelt Coffeehouse.

 

“Taft’s has really impressed us with what they’ve done in Cincinnati. It’s a great brand with great values, great beer, and great pizza in a great environment,” said Gravity Founder Brett Kaufman in a press release. “It will provide a wonderful place for people to gather, connect and just enjoy life. We’re thrilled to welcome them to Columbus and to Gravity.”

 

Taft’s Brewpourium will span 5,800 square feet, with 2,000 square feet dedicated to a patio along Broad Street. The space will include a game room and a stage for music, comedy nights and other performances.

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/cincinnati-based-tafts-ale-house-opening-announces-columbus-location-ls1

 

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First Look: Del Mar SoCal Kitchen

 

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This week, one of two brand new Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ concepts will celebrate a grand opening. Del Mar SoCal Kitchen, located on the ground floor of the 711 N. High St. building, opens to the public this Tuesday, April 16.

 

Taking inspiration from Southern California, Del Mar leans hard into seafood. Oysters, tuna poké, salmon poké, octopus, shrimp ceviche and peeky toe crab are all served on crushed ice. Some handheld items include the Del Mar burger, lobster rolls and fish tacos. There are other options besides ocean fare, like a beef tenderloin, Angus ribeye and brick chicken. A handful of starters, vegetables and salads round out the menu.

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/del-mar-socal-kitchen-ls1

 

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Fast Casual Mediterranean Restaurant Opening at Atlas Building Downtown

 

The Atlas building Downtown is adding some Mediterranean flair. District North, the first restaurant concept from father-son team Mossaad Beshay and Bassem Mossad, will open this spring.

 

District North will serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner in fast-casual style from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. While Mossad describes the menu as Greek and Mediterranean, a full array of cuisines are covered on the expansive menu. Kabobs, gyros, falafels, and an assortment of Mediterranean starters, like tzatziki dip, baba ghanouj and grape leaves make an appearance. But guests will also be able to snag a buffalo chicken wrap, a bacon cheeseburger, wings, and soup at District North, among other items.

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/mediterranean-fast-casual-restaurant-opening-at-atlas-building-downtown-ls1

 

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Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza Announces Second Location

 

Columbus’ food and music scenes are welcoming a new addition this summer. Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza & Live Music, now in Worthington, is adding a second location near Grandview Heights. It’ll take over the building recently vacated by King Avenue 5, at 945 King Ave.

 

For father-daughter team Charlie and Natalie Jackson, their new venue is in old territory. When Natalie’s was still just an idea, back in 2011, they’d looked at locations near Grandview Heights, but eventually opened in Worthington in 2012. 

 

“It’s a great neighborhood and good timing,” says Charlie Jackson. “We decided it was worth moving forward with this and was impressed with not only the layout and the size that this King Avenue 5 was, but it seemed to be a nice family running it, had a good reputation, and that’s important, too, when you’re moving into a different place.”

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/natalies-coal-fired-pizza-announces-second-location-ls1

 

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Chef Jonathon Sawyer and Forward Hospitality Group Bringing Concept to the Short North

 

Cleveland-based Forward Hospitality Group is teaming up with James Beard award-winning chef Jonathon Sawyer on a concept opening at 906 N. High St., formerly home to RAM Restaurant & Brewery in the Short North. The 9,000-square-foot brewpub closed last June after less than two years.

 

Forward Hospitality Group owns a variety of restaurants and nightlife venues, including the burger spot FlipSide at Easton as well as FWD Day + Nightclub, Belle & Flower, Magnolia (a doughnut shop and speakeasy) and other concepts in the Cleveland area.

 

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https://www.columbusmonthly.com/foodanddining/20190417/chef-jonathon-sawyer-and-forward-hospitality-group-bringing-concept-to-short-north


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Short North to get new restaurant from Cleveland group

 

A couple of Northeast Ohio restaurant groups and a Cleveland Indians slugger are teaming up on a new Columbus venture.

 

Forward Hospitality Group, whose establishments include Flipside burgers at Easton Town Center here in town and multiple restaurants and nightclubs in and around Cleveland, and Team Sawyer Restaurants, owned by prominent Cleveland chef Jonathon Sawyer, are taking over the 9,000-square-foot Short North space at 906 N. High St. that was the short-lived Ram Restaurant & Brewery.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/04/18/short-north-to-get-new-restaurant-from-cleveland.html


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Ugly Tuna Saloona Makes a Comeback as Ugly Tuna 2

 

It’s a new day for Ugly Tuna Saloona, which after 14 years in business closed last May. Owner John Votino said then that they’d be relocating, but had yet to lock down a new spot. He’s since secured a location for Ugly Tuna 2, at 195 Chittenden Ave., with a planned opening just in time for Senior Crawl on April 30.

 

“I’ve been spending the last year really walking up and down High Street, from Chumley’s down to Threes, just getting to know a lot of the owners,” says Votino. “I came across this site just about a month ago, and I’m bringing Tuna back for the 15th annual Senior Crawl.”

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/ugly-tuna-saloona-makes-a-comeback-as-ugly-tuna-2-ls1

 

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First Look: Country Music Bar Bristol Republic

 

Short North’s newest bar opens Thursday, April 18. First announced in May, Bristol Republic has taken over the space that Basil held for nine years, transforming it into a country music venue, barbecue restaurant and whiskey bar.

 

The interior is nearly unrecognizable to those who frequented Basil, with a wide open floor plan featuring a large stage for live music, two bars, and abundant seating in between. Guitars, cowboy hats and pictures of famous country music artists dot the walls, and cow patterned stools, chairs and couches add to the honky tonk vibe.

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/first-look-country-music-bar-bristol-republic-ls1

 

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58 minutes ago, ColDayMan said:

Ugly Tuna Saloona Makes a Comeback as Ugly Tuna 2

 

It’s a new day for Ugly Tuna Saloona, which after 14 years in business closed last May. Owner John Votino said then that they’d be relocating, but had yet to lock down a new spot. He’s since secured a location for Ugly Tuna 2, at 195 Chittenden Ave., with a planned opening just in time for Senior Crawl on April 30.

 

“I’ve been spending the last year really walking up and down High Street, from Chumley’s down to Threes, just getting to know a lot of the owners,” says Votino. “I came across this site just about a month ago, and I’m bringing Tuna back for the 15th annual Senior Crawl.”

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/ugly-tuna-saloona-makes-a-comeback-as-ugly-tuna-2-ls1

 

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Ah, stealing the whole "_______ II" theme from Appalachian bars, I see. Maybe a Chester Fried food truck will set up outside. And Hunt Bros. Pizza.

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On 4/19/2019 at 9:41 AM, DarkandStormy said:

^Big missed opportunity not going with "Ugly 2na."

 

Best CU comment in a long time.  Would've been the perfect new name!

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Fireproof Restaurant & Bar to Open in the Short North this Summer

 

The owners of BBR and Dahlia have taken over the former Pies & Pints space in the Short North. Peerless Management Group (PMG) will open a high-end restaurant and bar, Fireproof, in the century old Fireproof building later this summer.

 

Few details have been released, but PMG’s Adam Solomon says “it’s a small plate concept, it’s very restaurant driven, lots of cocktails, lots of wine.”

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/fireproof-restaurant-bar-to-open-in-the-short-north-this-summer-ls1

 

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Kilwins Adding Second Central Ohio Location in Short North

 

After a successful central Ohio debut in Dublin, Kilwins is heading for the Short North. 

 

Taking over the former Second Sole building at 662 N. High St., the locally-owned Kilwins franchise will bring an assortment of sweet treats to the neighborhood this May. That includes 32 flavors of ice cream, fudges, brittles, caramels, chocolates, gift baskets, and special-order items. Similar to their Dublin location, Kilwins will also have a full espresso bar.

 

Husband and wife team Ernie and Stephanie Malas opened Kilwins in Dublin in 2017, later expanding partly into the adjacent space to accommodate the number of customers they were seeing on a daily basis. They’re expecting their clientele to continue growing as Bridge Park plans for an arena and its own North Market. 

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/kilwins-adding-second-central-ohio-location-in-short-north-ls1

 

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New Deli Takes Over Pocket Produce in Clintonville

 

They technically, and quietly, opened back in February, but A Common Table is finally ready to celebrate their grand opening. A deli-slash-cafe, A Common Table has repurposed the space that once housed Pocket Produce in Clintonville.

 

Co-owner Josh Taylor acquired the space at 3496 N. High St. in August of 2018, but he’d had his heart set on a restaurant of his own since he entered the industry 24 years ago. With a background in corporate and local establishments, he brings a perspective to A Common Table focused on opportunistic evolution; there’s no telling how the restaurant will look over the course of its lifetime.

 

A Common Table initially started as a straight up deli concept, with a selection of cold cut and grilled sandwiches and a deli case full with purchasable meats by the pound. It’s since dropped the deli case and will soon add in an espresso bar, allowing Taylor to more quickly grow his margins.

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/new-deli-takes-over-pocket-produce-in-clintonville-ls1

 

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Short North eatery expanding, adding full bar

 

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The Northstar Café in the Short North is getting bigger.

 

The first restaurant for Kevin Malhame, his wife Katy Malhame and brother Darren Malhame, marks 15 years of business this year at 951 N. High St. and it’s due for an update. The company has held a lease on the neighboring space at 945 N. High St. for a while now and is ready to put it to use.

 

The Short North Northstar will be remodeled and expanded this summer. The dining room will get an additional 1,000 square feet or so as it expands into the former Zpizza space. That doesn’t just mean more seating, but also the introduction of a full bar that will have around a dozen Ohio beers on tap alongside expanded wine and cocktail offerings.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/04/25/short-north-eatery-expanding-adding-full-bar.html


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First Look: Winans at Grandview Yard

 

Grandview Yard residents, shoppers and diners will soon have a new spot to get their fill of wine, chocolates and coffee. Winans, the Dayton-based franchise with locations in German Village, Dublin and Downtown, opens at 1125 Yard St. on Saturday, April 27.

 

This new location comes from two new franchisers, Adriane Hopper and Matt Finkes. They’ll be one of two locations (Downtown also) offering wine. 

 

“I’m from Piqua, where Winans originated, so I’ve known about Winans for a long, long time,” says Finkes, “and I’ve kind of always had an entrepreneurial spirit. And Adriane has 20 years of experience in the restaurant, so both of our abilities made this a good match. And we were able to find a great location.”

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/first-look-winans-at-grandview-yard-ls1

 

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Cleveland Restaurant Groups Bringing New Concept to Short North

 

The brains behind Cleveland restaurants Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat, Flipside, 3 Palms Pizzeria & Italian Bakery and a number of other Cleveland restaurants are breaking into the Columbus market. Team Sawyer and FWD Hospitality have each had their eyes on central Ohio for several years, and they’ll take the dive together at the old RAM Brewery space at 906 N. High St. in the Short North.

 

While the name and branding have yet to be decided for the new restaurant, they’ve pulled together a rough draft of the menu. Unlike most menus that lay out appetizers, salads, mains and desserts, this one will focus largely on shareables. 

 

“It’s a lot of dishes that you can bring to the table and share and try a lot of different things,” says Bobby Rutter, Chief Operating Officer for FWD Hospitality. “It’s a special dining experience, because that’s kind of the way we like to enjoy a lot of our meals. So we wanted to develop something around that atmosphere, and that’s what we centered the menu around — that sharing experience.”

 

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https://www.columbusunderground.com/cleveland-restaurant-groups-bringing-new-concept-to-short-north-ls1

 

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3 hours ago, ColDayMan said:

Cleveland Restaurant Groups Bringing New Concept to Short North

 

While the name and branding have yet to be decided for the new restaurant, they’ve pulled together a rough draft of the menu. Unlike most menus that lay out appetizers, salads, mains and desserts, this one will focus largely on shareables. 

 

“It’s a lot of dishes that you can bring to the table and share and try a lot of different things,” says Bobby Rutter, Chief Operating Officer for FWD Hospitality. “It’s a special dining experience, because that’s kind of the way we like to enjoy a lot of our meals. So we wanted to develop something around that atmosphere, and that’s what we centered the menu around — that sharing experience"

 

 

 

Yeah, it's called tapas style.  Chef driven restaurants here in LA and around Ohio and the rest of the country have been doing it this way for years.  This guy makes it sound like it's some new kind of dining style that they invented.

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