Restaurant openings, closings and more Central Ohio food and drink news
On Wednesday morning, Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Kim Brown declined to grant a temporary restraining order stopping Ohio’s new 10 p.m. curfew on alcohol sales for restaurants and bars. A group of local bar owners filed suit the day before against Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Liquor Control Commission in opposition to the emergency order, which is aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, that went into effect this week. The plaintiffs include the owners of Rise Brands (16-Bit Bar+Arcade, Pins Mechanical Co. and No Soliciting), Mikey’s Late Night Slice, Fours on High and Zeno’s, among others. Last week, the same group of bar owners sued the city and won a temporary restraining order to halt an ordinance passed by the Columbus City Council that would have required bars, nightclubs and restaurants to close at 10 p.m.
Openings & Announcements
Chef Josh Dalton’s Veritas (11 W. Gay St.) will begin a “partial reopen” next week, offering carryout only on Wednesdays and Thursdays, followed by one dine-in seating on Fridays and Saturdays. Customers can expect a new menu inspired by chef Dalton’s trips to Oaxaca, Mexico. The fine-dining restaurant in Downtown Columbus has been closed since March 15, choosing at the time not to offer carryout amid the coronavirus outbreak. We documented Veritas’ days leading up its March closing in Monthly’s May issue.
Gahanna’s Edison Brewing Co. will unveil its new brewery and sunset-facing beer garden to the public on Thursday, Aug. 6. The new brewery, which sits atop the highest point in Franklin County at 785 Science Blvd. near The Golf Depot, is part of a $6 million multi-use project developed by the company Franklin Peak and its founder, Wil Schulze. Edison’s head brewer is Victor Ecimovich III, a longtime Columbus brewer and consultant who worked at historic Hoster Brewing Co. in the 1990s. Edison will begin brewing its German and European-style beers this week and offer guest taps for the time being. Read more about Edison here.
Service Relief for Hospitality Workers is entering a new phase in its efforts to support service industry professionals and their families affected by the coronavirus crisis. When the organization was formed in early April by a team of industry leaders, its mission was to feed out-of-work restaurant workers, bartenders and others in the industry. Now, the organization is launching a micro-grants program, at a maximum of $250 per grant, to address financial insecurity. “We delivered over 10,000 meals in phase one, and we saw a decline in that particular need,” said co-founder Letha Pugh (Bake Me Happy) in a press release. “We took a look at what was needed, and we are contributing $50,000 to hospitality workers over the next eight weeks. The money can be used for food, transportation, health care, rent and other pressing needs.” Grant applicants can apply by visiting servicerelief.org.
Kolache Republic is back. The Czech-inspired bakery and café reopened last weekend inside The Daily Growler German Village at 702 S. High St., just steps away from Kolache’s original location. The new location serves breakfast Wednesday through Sunday, as well as happy hour offerings Thursday through Saturday.
Downtown’s Nosh on High (149 S. High St.) reopened this week for patio dining only. Less than a year old, Nosh has been closed since mid-March when Ohio’s dine-in ban began. Its reopening was delayed after the restaurant suffered significant damage during Downtown protests.
The Market Italian Village (1022 Summit St.) may be temporarily closed, but executive chef Tyler Minnis and Co. have launched a new pop-up out of the restaurant called Dairy Dose, featuring a nostalgic menu inspired by your hometown dairy stop. The carryout-only concept, which kicked off Wednesday, offers a menu of hot dogs, sandwiches, slushies, snow cones, shakes and to-go cocktails. Pop-up hours are Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 614-745-2147 to place your order or visit the new walk-up window.
Clintonville Pizza Primo is open again after undergoing renovations. The Columbus-style pizza spot is located at 3027 Indianola Ave., just steps away from Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse.
A new food trailer called Ayy! Karamba is launching soon at 3440 W. Broad St. on the West Side. Owner Radwan Masri, who is of Jordanian descent and spent six years living in Mexico City, says his new business seeks to marry Mediterranean and Mexican cuisines. Think: falafel or chicken shawarma tacos. The trailer will be located adjacent to Lookout Supply, the art supply shop. Follow Ayy! Karamba for grand opening updates.
Pistacia Vera announced that it will not reopen its North Market location. The popular pastry shop joined the historic market more than six years ago. “Due to continued uncertainty, we simply must focus our time and resources [on] our German Village location,” a post on Pistacia Vera’s social media accounts read. “We are committed to doing all we can to maintain a thriving business and continue to serve our extraordinary community during these difficult times.”