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

Openings & Announcements

Governor Mike DeWine set a timeline on Thursday for the reopening of Ohio’s restaurant and bars. Outside dining will be permitted beginning Friday, May 15, and indoor dining will return a week later on Thursday, May 21. Rather than restricting restaurants to 50-percent capacity, for example, restaurants will be tasked with creating floorplans that follow social distancing recommendations. Restaurant and bar tables will need to be placed 6 feet apart or separated by physical barriers, such as plexiglass or tall booth backs. “Bars present a unique challenge,” DeWine said. Though the state will not be making a distinction between restaurants and bars, spacing is the key. Under the guidelines, servers will be required to wear masks, but will be up to the discretion of restaurant owners whether customers are required to wear masks. The Columbus Dispatch has more here.

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Seventh Son Brewing Co. is getting another neighbor in Italian Village. Tarek Albast, owner of Mr. Hummus Grill, says his restaurant’s second location will be a 1920s warehouse building at 1131 N. Fourth St., just north of the brewery. Chef Albast first launched his Lebanese eatery as a food truck and catering business in 2016, before moving to a brick-and-mortar restaurant on Bethel Road in 2018. It was named one of Columbus Monthly’s Best New Restaurants that year.

Albast plans to serve quick-casual Lebanese fare at his second location, including a new menu item for Mr. Hummus: the Lebanese flatbread man’oushe. The 4,500-square-foot restaurant is also expected to serve something rare in this city—late night fare until 4 a.m. on the weekends.

Mr. Hummus Grill’s location at 1450 Bethel Roadis currently open daily for takeout and delivery via Grubhub, Uber Eats and other apps. Construction on the second location is expected to start soon. 

 

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Ray Ray’s Hog Pit is adding another permanent spot at Nocterra Brewing Co. in Powell. James Anderson’s food truck will serve barbecue at Nocterra from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, beginning Saturday, May. 16. Nocterra’s taproom, located at 41 Depot St., is open daily for carryout of six packs, growlers, gift cards and merchandise.

On Tuesday, select Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern locations reopened for curbside carryout. (Rusty Bucket will also offer delivery through DoorDash.) Customers may view the abbreviated menus at cameronmitchell.com. The CMR restaurants that opened on Tuesday include: The Avenue Steak Tavern (Dublin), The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek, Cap City Fine Diner & Bar’s three locations (Dublin, Gahanna and Grandview),Hudson 29 (Upper Arlington) and Marcella’s two locations (Polaris and Short North). The Rusty Bucket locations that are reopening include those in Bexley, Dublin, New Albany, Upper Arlington and Westerville.

The ramen bar Meshikou (1506 Bethel Road) resumes carry-out on Friday, May 8. Meshikou has been closed since March 19. Call 614-457-1689 to place an order.

Bexley’s Newfangled Kitchen (2258 E. Main St.), which specializes in meatloaf sandwiches, has reopened its doors for prepaid carryout and DoorDash delivery. Customers are asked to wear masks or face coverings when entering the restaurant for pickup. Order online here.

Fox in the Snow Café’s Italian Village location (1031 N. Fourth St.) is now accepting preorders for select breakfast items, which can be picked up Saturday or Sunday. Order here.

Clintonville’s Lineage Brewing (2971 N. High St.) is offering online ordering and curbside pick-up of beer crowlers, cocktails and food, including nachos and hand pies. View the menu here.

Chef News

On Monday via live-stream, the James Beard Foundation announced its 2020 Restaurant and Chef Award finalists, and our two Columbus chef hopefuls—James Anderson, owner of the food truck Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, and Spencer Budros, co-owner of Pistacia Vera—missed the cut. Until next year!

Temporary Closures

The owners of Mmelo have decided to close their Vine Street confections and coffee shop, as well as their kitchen at ECDI’s Food Fort, with plans to relocate business operations to the Mettler Toledo building at 1900 Polaris Parkway. “We’re not gone, just evolving,” they said in an Instagram announcement.

Closings

One of the city’s longest running food trucks, Sophie’s Gourmet Pierogi, has permanently shuttered after eight years in business. However, owners Stephen and Angela Redzinak announced on social media that they are moving on to a new barbecue venture at Lancaster’s The Smoked Food Factory.

Other Food News

On Tuesday, the Dublin-based chain Wendy’s acknowledged it is experiencing a shortage of its “fresh, never frozen” hamburgers due to supply chain issues stemming from the coronavirus crisis. Read more at the Columbus Dispatch.

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