Restaurant openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings and Announcements

Spagio, the longtime Grandview restaurant founded by chef Hubert Seifert and his wife, Helga, is under new ownership. Both the restaurant and Spagio Wine Lounge have been sold to the Ohio-based restaurant group Wine|Dine Holdings and CityBrands, owners of The Wine Bistro and Napa Kitchen & Bar. The group also acquired Katzinger’s Delicatessen in 2016. Chef Seifert says he will remain involved as an advisor at the European-inspired restaurant at 1295 Grandview Ave. Mike Waters, a former executive chef at The Worthington Inn, will step into the role of executive chef. “I am ready to relax a little and take some steps toward retiring,” Seifert said in a press release. “Remaining an advisor to Spagio gives me the opportunity to support the new ownership while being part of the next evolution of this restaurant that has been such a big part of my life.”

Shake Shack opened its newest Central Ohio location this week at 740 N. High St. in the Short North. The popular burger spot is part of the forthcoming Graduate Columbus hotel, a college-themed boutique hotel chain.The modern “roadside” burger stand, founded by New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer, opened its first Columbus-area location at Easton Town Center in May.

Stauf's Coffee Roasters is set to open its sixth coffeehouse on Friday, Sept. 6. The new café at 1334 Neil Ave. is located inside a historic church building just north of Victorian Village. Founded in 1988 by Tom Griesemer, Stauf’s has been expanding quickly over the past two years, opening new locations in the Discovery District, Franklinton and now Dennison Place. Stauf’s will be giving away free drip coffee at the new location from 6:30 to 8 a.m. on opening day.

Nosh on High opens to the public Thursday, Sept. 5, at149 S. High St., previously home to Cup O Joe Downtown. Located across from Columbus Commons, Nosh will be open for lunch and dinner service.

A new location of the popular wings spot Roosters opened this week at 7110 Sawmill Road in Dublin.


The Columbus Cocktail Classic takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at The Joseph hotel in the Short North. The event features samples of craft cocktails and snacks, educational seminars and a cocktail competition. Proceeds benefit local children’s charities and the United States Bartenders Guild Columbus Chapter. Tickets are available here.

Other News

Beers from the Chicago-based botanical brewery Forbidden Root are now available in select Central Ohio stores ahead of the brewery’s opening at Easton Town Center in early November. You can find its first round of canned beers at Grandview Yard’s Giant Eagle Market District, Savor Growl on Indianola Avenue and Weiland’s Market.  


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