Restaurant openings, closings and more Central Ohio food and drink news
Editor's note: This post has been updated to reflect additional merchants that no longer plan to open at the North Market Bridge Park.
Openings & Announcements
North Market Bridge Park in Dublin is now slated to begin a phased opening plan in late summer, with full occupancy expected by the end of 2020. The bazaar also announced two more merchants at its second location, Reuse Revolution and Lan Viet. Reuse Revolution, founded locally in 2018, will open its first brick-and-mortar retail space to sell biodegradable and reusable products. Lan Viet has been a longtime foodie favorite of the original North Market, serving northern Vietnamese staples like pho, banh mi and bean sprout salads for a decade.
While Clintonville’s Dough Mama Café & Bakery has reopened for carryout and dine-in, owner Perrie Wilkof says the restaurant has canceled plans to open a stall in the new North Market Bridge Park, citing the financial toll of the coronavirus pandemic. The Dispatch also reported that Momo Ghar and Flowers & Bread have backed out of joining the Dublin market due to the pandemic.
The quiet disappearance of Jonathon Sawyer has been solved. The founding chef of Short North restaurant/night club SeeSaw has taken a job at the forthcoming restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, scheduled to open this fall, as reported by Cleveland Scene. SeeSaw owners at Forward Hospitality Group scrubbed Sawyer’s name from the company website in February, shortly after the James Beard Award winner closed his acclaimed Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland amid financial troubles. He later declared bankruptcy and is no longer affiliated with any Ohio restaurants.
Elevator Brewing owner Dick Stevens says the brewery and taproom, located at 165 N. Fourth St. Downtown, is for sale. The sale includes the facility, equipment and brand; the Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus restaurant on North High Street is operated as a separate business.
Bake Me Happy will be featured on Facebook for Business’ new show, Boost My Business, hosted by Queer Eye’s Tan France. The show will air on the Facebook Watch platform, and Bake Me Happy plans to hold a virtual watch party on Monday, June 29, at 6 p.m.
Harvest Bar + Kitchen will return near its original location Monday, June 29. The pizza shop and bar is taking over the building at 940 S. Front St. in the Brewery District, most recently occupied by Westie’s Gastropub.
Darnell Ferguson, originally the founder of SuperChef’s Breakfast & More, will open a new concept Saturday, June 27, called Stadium at 101 Mill St. in Gahanna’s Creekside development. A press release describes Stadium as “the place where people can go to experience the feel of going to any sports game” with foods like “cotton candy, popcorn and an ambience full of lights, music, games and of course sports.”
Mikey’s Late Night Slice has closed its Old North location inside Ledo’s Tavern at 2608 N. High St. but has replaced Preston’s burgers as the kitchen operator at Woodland’s Backyard in Grandview. In place of the Late Night Slice store inside Ledo’s Tavern, Ledo’s Pizza Co. has opened up.
Palmas Tropical Escape, a Downtown bar and nightclub from the owners of Barroluco Argentine Comfort Food, has added Sunday brunch. The menu features quesadillas, tostadas, brunch paella, a selection of mimosas and other items.
Last week, El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant opened a new location at 6549 Perimeter Dr. in Dublin. The new restaurant is the second in Dublin, and the eleventh overall in Central Ohio.
The Wine Bistro location at 8231 N. High St., just north of Worthington, is closed and listed for sale.
On Saturday, June 27, a collection of local restaurants will participate in the national Food Industry Action movement. That day, participating restaurants will donate 5 percent of their sales to the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund. Local participants include Fox in the Snow, Jeni’s Ice Creams, Hot Chicken Takeover, G. Michael’s, The Pearl, Sweet Carrot, Seventh Son Brewing, Watershed Distillery, Kittie’s Cakes and many more. See the full list and other details at foodindustryaction.com.