Restaurant openings, closings and more local food and drink news


Doral Chenoweth, the longtime Columbus Dispatch food critic known as the “Grumpy Gourmet,” died Sunday at age 98. You can read his obituary here. In 2012, The Grump discussed some of his favorite meals (and showed off his renowned wit) with Columbus Crave in this Q&A.

Openings and Announcements

Columbus Brewing Co., the city’s oldest craft brewery, finally opened a taproom this week. The new 4,000-square-foot taproom is attached to the West Side brewery at 2555 Harrison Rd. Regular hours are 3 to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Tony Tanner’s The Butcher & Grocer is expanding. Tanner launched a crowdfunding campaign this week as the Grandview-based butcher shop/market prepares to add a production facility and two new retail shops. A new production facility will allow the shop, which sources its meats exclusively from Ohio farmers, to grow its wholesale business and partner with more Ohio farmers. A second Butcher & Grocer shop is already in the works for the planned Trolley District development near Franklin Park. Meanwhile, Tanner is eyeing a third location in the Dublin/Powell area. The Indiegogo campaign offers a variety of unique perks such as the chance to be “Butcher for a Day” for $750 as well as “Meat for Life” in exchange for $100,000.

The Cleveland-based cult favorite Dave’s Cosmic Subs opened this week at 1766 N. High St. across from Ohio State. The ’70s-themed sub shop, founded by Dave Lombardy, has grown to more than 20 locations since the first location opened in Chagrin Falls in 1997. This is the chain’s first franchise in Columbus.

A new craft-making/craft cocktail bar called Makers Social will open this winter at 461 W. Rich St. in the River and Rich development in Franklinton. According to a press release, guests will be able to grab a drink from the bar and then “select a project from Makers’ specially curated menu of over 30 different DIY projects that range from experienced crafter to curious novice.” Behind the concept is Megan Pando, owner of Studio 614 in Old North.

Beer Barrel Pizza & Grill opened Tuesday at 7482 State Route 161 in the Dublin Green Shopping Center near Plain City. The 10,400-square-foot restaurant and bar, which features a large menu of pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, salads and draft beer, is the Lima, Ohio-based company’s third Beer Barrel in Central Ohio. The new restaurant will also feature a Bourbon Barrel Room, a secondary bar offering more than 100 whiskeys, craft cocktails and small plates along with the full Beer Barrel menu.

Dick’s Dive is now open in the basement below Zeno’s at 384 W. Third Ave. in Harrison West. The laid-back bar is a tribute by owner Quinn Allen to his late father, Richard Allen. 


This week, Oddfellows Liquor Bar bartender David Yee was crowned the Central Regional Winner of the Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender (MIB) Competition, beating out bartenders from New Orleans, Chicago, Austin, Houston and other locales. Yee moves on to face 11 other bartenders in the MIB competition finals, which take place next February in Chicago. Yee’s success comes just two years after another local bartender, Annie Williams Pierce (co-owner of the forthcoming Law Bird), won the whole MIB competition, becoming the first woman to do so.


Dine Originals Week is underway and continues through Sunday, Sept. 22. The annual event is put on by Dine Originals Columbus, a nonprofit that works to sustain and promote locally owned and operated independent restaurants. Dine Originals member restaurants are offering special prix fixe menus throughout the week. Participating restaurants include The Top Steak House, Due Amici, Katzinger’s Delicatessen and others. You can browse the menus here.

North Market’s Night Market returns Friday, Sept. 20, with food, music, adult beverages, family-friendly activities and goods to browse. Several merchants will remain open inside the market during the event, which takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the market’s outdoor plaza (59 Spruce St.). 


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