Restaurant openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings and Announcements

Law Bird, the much-anticipated bar from Annie Williams Pierce and her husband, Luke Pierce, officially opens today at 740 S. High St. in the Brewery District. Williams Pierce is a veteran Columbus bartender (Curio, The Sycamore) who, in 2017, became the first woman to win the United States Bartenders Guild’s Most Imaginative Bartender competition. Law Bird will offer a curated list of wines and craft cocktails along with snacks and small plates. It joins a stretch of independent bars and eateries on South High, including Kolache Republic, Ambrose and Eve, Antiques on High, Tremont Lounge and The Daily Growler. 

A locally owned American tavern called Kitchen Social is set to open at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at 8954 Lyra Drive, across from Polaris Fashion Place. The menu features entrée salads, pizzas, tacos, burgers and mains such as a sushi-grade tuna bowl, bucatini pomodoro and 6-ounce filet. Behind the venture is a trio of Bravo Brio Restaurant Group veterans: Brian Harvey, Brian O’Malley and Phil Yandolino. The restaurant joins Condado Tacos, Atlas Tavern and Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea in The Pointe at Polaris development.

Tempe Taco Co., a new neighborhood eatery for street tacos, quesadillas, tequila and bourbon, opened this week at 7362 E. Main St. in Reynoldsburg. Tempe Taco, which serves lunch and dinner, is located next to its sister business, Prost Beer & Wine Café.

The small, family-run coffee roaster Florin Coffee announced on social media this week that it’s opening Florin Café in the near future. An address was not immediately available.

A Mediterranean spot called District North is now open in the Atlas Building at 10 E. Long St. The Downtown eatery offers dishes such as Greek salads, falafel, beef shawarma, chicken kebab and pita sandwiches.

Toledo-based Marco’s Pizza recently opened a pizza shop at 1802 N. Memorial Drive in Lancaster. The new franchise is owned and operated by pizza industry veteran Manuel “Manny” Ponce.

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse added a fourth location this week. The locally owned coffee shop opened its first corporate store inside Thirty-One Gifts and Bob Evans Restaurants headquarters at 8131 Smith's Mill Road in New Albany. The new café is open to the public. Roosevelt’s other locations include its Downtown coffee shop on Long Street, a counter inside Olentangy River Brewing Co. in Lewis Center and a new space in Franklinton’s Gravity development.

Reel Smoke, a new food truck specializing in seafood, hits the streets starting Friday, Nov. 8, at the Draft Room in Westerville (570 W. Schrock Road). Menu items include lobster rolls, shrimp rolls and fried lobster on a stick. You can check out the Reel Smoke schedule here.

A Cincinnati-based restaurant and nightclub called Galla Park is opening next spring in the new mixed-use building at 900 N. High St. in the Short North. Behind the venture is Peerless Management Group, which also owns BBR, Dahlia and Fireproof in Columbus.

New Menus and Chef Moves

Grandview’s The Old Spot (1097 W. First Ave.) unveiled a revamped menu this week under the direction of head chef Sami Nipps. New menu items include a porchetta sandwich, pork schnitzel and the spaghetti and meatballs from sister restaurant La Tavola. Co-owner Rick Lopez, who also owns Lupo, says he’s handed over the reins at La Tavola to Lupo’s former sous chef Dylan Allen. The move will give the veteran chef-owner more freedom to float between his three restaurants.

This week, The Crest Gastropub in Clintonville (2855 Indianola Ave.) launched a new menu for fall, the first seasonal revamp from new executive chef Ben Kanavel (formerly Comune). Highlights include elk steak frites, king trumpet mushroom with curried grits and roasted duck. The Crest’s sister restaurant at 621 Parsons Ave., which is under the direction of chef Zane Margocee-Perry, will be releasing its fall menu next week.


Baba's Backdoor Dinner Club returns to 2515 Summit St.on Monday, Dec. 2. Baba’s owner/chef, Dan Kraus, will celebrate the restaurant’s third anniversary with a smoke-inspired, multicourse dinner. Get your tickets here.


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