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

Openings and Announcements

Makers Social, a new bar promising DIY craft projects and cocktails, celebrates its debut weekend starting Thursday, Jan. 30, at 461 W. Rich St. in Franklinton’s River & Rich development. Using an array of provided tools, customers will have the chance to create items like leather wallets, necklaces, dog leashes, coasters and bird feeders, all while sipping on adult beverages. Heads up: Grand opening weekend is almost sold out. Visit to reserve a spot.

One of the city’s institutions is set to join the North Market. Bagel bakery and delicatessen Block’s Bagels, which first opened in 1967, is set to become the market’s newest merchant. Block’s will offer carryout bagels and cream cheeses, as well as classic deli sandwiches, sides like dill potato salad and deli classics such as latkes and matzo ball soup. The deli will fill the space vacated last month by Taste of Belgium, across from Destination Donuts. Look for it to launch this spring.

Hot Chicken Takeover, which is known for its Nashville-style hot chicken and community-minded approach as a fair chance employer, plans to open this summer at 435 Polaris Parkway in Westerville.“Our Westerville location is well-served by COTA’s CMAX bus rapid transit line, making it particularly attractive as we believe reliable transportation is a critical part of being a great employer,” said founder Joe DeLoss in an announcement. This will be HCT’s fourth location in Central Ohio and fifth overall.

A Venezuelan restaurant called The Porch is now open at 5808 Columbus Pike in Lewis Center, previously home to The Pizza Cabin. The restaurant specializes in traditional fare such as mandocas (deep-fried cornmeal rings), empanadas, arepas and patacones as well as sandwiches.

Woodys Wing House opened this week at 1840 Hilliard-Rome Rd. in Hilliard. Woodys serves a sports bar menu of chicken wings, tenders, pizzas, burgers and beer. This is the second Woodys in town, joining a sister restaurant at 161 E. Campus View Blvd. in Worthington.

A new Short North watering hole called Pocket Bar holds its grand opening Friday, Jan. 31. The bar replaces Eugene’s Canteen at 765 N. High St. Eugene’s closed last month.

The Beeline, located at 3989 Merchants Row, is Easton Town Center’s latest in a string of new nightlife options. The bar, operated by Cincinnati-based Four Entertainment Group, offers eight house cocktails, plus a selection of wines and craft beers.

The Cooking Channel’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” a show in which celebrity chefs and experts share their favorite food discoveries, featured a Columbus bagel shop this week. The Lox Bagel Shop’s pastrami sandwich on an everything bagel was the big star. Appearing in the episode are SeeSaw chef Jonathon Sawyer, who picked the sandwich, and chef Silas Caeton of The Lox. 


Huong Vietnamese Restaurant (1270 Morse Road) is temporarily closed for vacation and will reopen at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 7.


The global holiday “Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” (yes, it’s a real thing) takes place on the first Saturday of February. To celebrate, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams scoop shops are opening their doors early at 8 a.m. Sat., Feb. 1, to serve scoops of a new flavor: Skillet Cinnamon Roll. According to a press release, the new flavor is meant to conjure “caramelized sugar on a hot skillet,” combining cream cheese ice cream with dark caramel sauce, pastry and cinnamon. One hundred percent of profits from Jeni’s scoop shop sales (between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday) and from its “Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” online collections will be donated to, a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote social leadership, community activism and citizenship among young people. 


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