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


One of Grandview’s longest-running restaurants will not reopen. The contents of Spagio (1295 Grandview Ave.), Spagio Wine Lounge and its catering business are being sold off via an online auction—everything from Spagio’s convection ovens and U-shaped marble bar to glassware and cans of tomatoes. City Brands Management, which also owns The Wine Bistro, Napa Kitchen + Bar and Katzinger’s Delicatessen, purchased the European-inspired restaurant last fall from its founders, chef Hubert Seifert and his wife, Helga.

On Tuesday, City Brands emailed Columbus Monthly a statement explaining its decision to shutter the nearly 40-year-old landmark, which has been closed since mid-March because of the pandemic. The statement read, in part: “After much consideration, we have been unable to figure out a way for the restaurant to operate successfully during the current health crisis. The operating challenges presented by the current seating restrictions along with limitations based on the restaurant floor plan and the open bar area really limited the sales potential for the business. Additionally, the required social distance spacing really limited the outdoor patio seating at a time when customers are increasingly looking for outdoor seating alternatives. Spagio has been a fixture of the dining scene for such a long time, and we are very sad that we are not able to reopen and continue operations. To not reopen the restaurant was a very tough decision. Our thanks go out to the customers who enjoyed and supported the restaurant for many years.”

Openings & Announcements

Rebekah Hatzifotinos’ bakery, Basic Biscuits, Kindness, Coffee, opened this week at 1160 Goodale Blvd. in Grandview. The menu includes scratch-made biscuits in varieties like peach or cheddar jalapeño, as well as breakfast sandwich sliders, quiche and coffee.

Speaking of biscuits, the new breakfast/lunch pop-up from the owners of Law Bird made its debut last weekend. Boxwood Biscuit Co., which sells house-made biscuit sandwiches, breakfast bowls, doughnut holes and brunch cocktails, operates from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from Law Bird’s side door at 740 S. High St.

The Whitney House (666 High St.) is hosting a one-day event called A Tribute to Fair Food from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30. Instead of its regular menu, the Old Worthington restaurant will cook up items like corn dogs, smoked turkey legs, funnel cakes and more. Customers may preorder or order in person on Sunday from the restaurant’s front pick-up window. Preorders are being accepted until noon on Thursday by calling 614-396-7846. Here’s the menu.

A new delivery-only restaurant, Mario Fazio’s Italian Cuisine, is now serving 13-inch pizzas, Italian wedding soup, entrée pastas and more in Columbus. Operating from a Columbus cloud kitchen, Mario Fazio’s got its start in 1971 in Willoughby Hills outside of Cleveland. View the menu here.

An appropriately named bar and pizzeria called Shots & Slices opened over the weekend at 554 E. Whittier St. in the Southern Orchards neighborhood. The new spot features a menu of 12 pizzas (plus slices), a handful of starters and subs, plus a large patio with games.