Restaurant openings, closings and more local food and drink news

Openings and Announcements

The Market Italian Village has closed temporarily for renovations, and will add two unique experiences for guests. One new addition will be a reservation-based chef’s table, facing the kitchen. The new experience will give four guests direct access to executive chef Tyler Minnis as he prepares a four-course tasting menu. Also in the works is a community table for large parties, seating up to 16 guests. Diners seated at the community table will order from a family-style menu that rotates monthly. The restaurant and bottle shop at 1022 Summit St. will reopen the weekend following Thanksgiving.

Ghostwriter Public House opened last week in a restored 1900s brick building in Johnstown. The American tavern (49 1/2 S. Main St.) focuses on sustainably raised meats and locally sourced products, featuring purveyors such as Covey Rise Farms, North Country Charcuterie and Black Radish Creamery. Leading the kitchen is executive chef Brett Fife, formerly of Lindey’s. The restaurant’s owners, Denise and Dennis Blankemeyer, are the founders of Crow Works, an Ohio-based design and furniture manufacturing company.

Cincinnati-based Taft’s Brewing Co. opened its 5,800-square-foot Taft’s Brewpourium last week at the Gravity development in Franklinton. Along with 16 draft beers, cocktails and wine, Taft’s serves coal-fired, New Haven-style pizza. The space features old-school arcade games, shuffleboard and more. Taft’s is located at 440 W. Broad St.

The Cincinnati-based creative group Gorilla Cinema is bringing a Pan Am-themed cocktail pop-up to Franklinton in celebration of the golden era of aviation. (For you youngsters, Pan American World Airways was founded in 1927 and became the largest international carrier in the United States, reaching its peak in the ’60s and ’70s; the airline folded in 1991.) The experience will take place Dec. 12-23 at River & Rich (401 W. Rich St.). Guests will be invited to purchase a ticket to a “flight” on one of the airline’s Pan Am Clippers with service to Havana, London, Hawaii, the Moon or the North Pole. Tickets ($65) include a seat in the ’60s-inspired Layover Lounge, two destination-themed cocktails and a small gift. First class upgrades are available. Make your reservation for the December event here.

Galena Brewing Co. recently unveiled its new Westerville facility at 5901-B Chandler Court. Regular hours for the brewery and taproom, which relocated from Johnstown, will be 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Akron-based Swensons Drive-In continued its Central Ohio expansion with the debut on Monday of a New Albany location at5720 N. Hamilton Road. That makes four Swensons in the Columbus area, including Dublin, Polaris and Hilliard. A Reynoldsburg location is in the works.

The bubble tea spot Fairy Ville has been replaced by a similar venture called Little Moon Cafe & Tea at 2899 N. High St. in Clintonville.

Events

The 2019 Columbus Area VegBash, a one-day celebration of local plant-based foods, takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Northland Performing Arts Center (4411 Tamarack Blvd.). Participating vegan or vegan-friendly food vendors include Falafel Kitchen, Momma Can Cook, Portia's Café, Village Taco, Willowbeez SoulVeg and more. The event will also feature live performances, a shopping bazaar, children’s activities and more. For more information, visit vegbash.com.

Thanksgiving Dining

If you’d like to leave the Thanksgiving cooking up to the professionals next week, here is a sampling of options for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28:

Cameron Mitchell Premier Events is offering “Thanksgiving in a Box,” a fully cooked holiday meal for 10 that comes with heating instructions. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. today. Easton’s Smith & Wollensky steakhouse (4145 The Strand W) will offer a traditional Thanksgiving menu for $65 per adult ($29 per child). The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar (50 W. Broad St.) will offer a Thanksgiving Day buffet featuring traditional dishes plus chilled seafood and carving stations. The German Village icon Lindey’s (169 E. Beck St.) will serve a special Thanksgiving menu with maple-brined turkey and green bean casserole as well as regular menu items such as angel hair pasta and filet mignon. Tucci’s in Dublin (35 N. High St.) will offer a three-course Thanksgiving menu for $50. Guests at The Guild House (624 N. High St.) can order from a four-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving Day menu; the Short North restaurant’s regular lunch and dinner menus will also be available.

Closings

The lunchtime stalwart Danny’s Deli (37 W. Broad St.) has closed, but you can still find some of your deli favorites Downtown. Owner Dan Georges, who also owns Lexi’s on Third, has incorporated many Danny’s Deli offerings into the Lexi’s menu. Lexi’s (100 E. Broad St.) is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Last Call State Liquor Agency, located at 777 Neil Ave. in the former Giant Eagle, is set to close, according to an employee at the agency. A last day of operation was not immediately available.

Morone's Italian Villa has permanently closed at 1490 Bethel Road. 

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