Restaurant openings, closings and more Central Ohio food and drink news

Openings and Announcements

Yesterday, North High Brewing and Columbus-based start-up COhatch announced plans to team up on a new complex at the former site of Brazenhead in downtown historic Dublin. Brazenhead closed recently at 56 N. High St. after more than 20 years. North High’s contribution will be a new brewpub, which will occupy the historic 4,500-square-foot Brazenhead building. The brewpub is targeting a spring opening. COhatch plans to build an adjoining facility with more than 10,000 square feet of shared office, coworking and event space. It is expected to open in January 2021. Read more on North High and COhatch's collaboration.

Co-owner D’Andre Martin of The Pit BBQ Grille says the Cleveland-style barbecue spot plans to open its second location at 1542 Parsons Ave. in early February, just in time for the Super Bowl. The Pit first opened at 3545 Cleveland Ave. in 2016.

This week, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants announced that is targeting a March opening for its second location of The Pearl at 88 N. High St. in Dublin’s Bridge Park. The Pearl made its debut in the Short North in 2013 and is known for its burgers, oyster bar and house-made pies.

A new plant-based eatery, Lifestyle Café, has filled The Angry Baker’s former space at 891 Oak St. in Olde Towne East. Lifestyle is currently in soft opening mode, with a grand opening planned for Monday, Jan. 18. The café’s regular hours will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A Japanese ramen spot called Slurping Turtle is slated to open at Easton Town Center this year. The ramen restaurant, which has one other location in Ann Arbor, joins a flurry of new restaurant and bar options that have either opened or are coming soon to Easton’s north end, including Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery, RH Restaurant, True Food Kitchen and The Beeline.

Bartender Logan Demmy, mostly recently the bar manager at The Citizens Trust, has moved on to a new gig at Vaso in Bridge Park.

The sister tour companies Columbus Food Adventures and Columbus Brew Adventures have merged under the name Columbus Food Adventures. The food tour company has operated for 10 years under co-owners Bethia Woolf and Andy Dehus. (Full disclosure: Woolf contributes as a freelance writer to Columbus Monthly.) Columbus Brew Adventures launched six years ago and was co-owned by Woolf and Jim Ellison, who is departing the company. The company plans to continue running a selection of brewery and adult beverage tours.


One of the Short North’s most beloved small businesses has served its last baguette. Laughlin’s Bakery (15 E. Second Ave.) announced on social media Sunday that it has closed permanently, citing a slow holiday season and poor sales for the past three years. Owner Jonas Laughlin, an opera singer-turned-baker, opened the European-style bakery in December 2014.

Short & Stout Kitchen has shuttered inside The Daily Growler at 702 S. High St. The pop-up kitchen started serving brunch and burgers out of the Brewery District beer bar last summer and plans to reopen elsewhere.

Pokeworks has closed at 1005 W. Fifth Ave. after a little more than a year. It was the only Ohio location for the fast-casual poke chain.


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