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

Openings & Announcements

The chef-owned Italian restaurant Novella Osteria makes its debut this weekend at 170 W. Olentangy St. in Powell. Chef Matthew Phelan’s new rustic Italian restaurant will open its doors to diners on Saturday, Oct. 17. Reservations are now being accepted. Diners can expect a rustic Italian menu that showcases house-made pastas. Read more about chef Phelan’s new venture here.

The Franklin Park neighborhood has a new eatery. Addella’s on Oak is now open at1485 Oak St., offering both omnivore and plant-based menus. Addella’s is a new venture from Karrio Ballard and Victoria Hink, formerly owner of The Angry Baker (now closed). Menu items include salads, loaded biscuits, meatball subs, burgers, tacos and more.

Preston’s: A Burger Joint will debut in the historic North Market starting Saturday, Oct. 17. Chef Matthew Heaggans’ smashburger venture is making its comeback following a monthslong pause stemming from the pandemic.

The German Village sandwich shop Brown Bag Deli has announced a new partnership with BrewDog Short North. Starting Thursday, Brown Bag will begin serving a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and more from the pub located at 1175 N. High St.

The Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio launched a new food truck this week called NAICCO Cuisine. On Saturdays this month from 2 to 7 p.m., visitors can find the truck parked behind the center at 67 E. Innis Ave. on the South Side. Menu items include traditional fry bread and NDN Tacos, folded fry bread filled with beans, ground beef and other taco fixings. NAICCO is an organization devoted to preserving and restoring balance in the lives of American Indian and Alaska Native youth and families living in Central Ohio.

This week, Australia-based Greenhouse Canteen & Bar made its U.S. debut at 1011 W. Fifth Ave. in Fifth by Northwest. The new restaurant, operated by franchisee Joshua Douglas, serves a 100 percent gluten-free and plant-based food menu along with beer, wine and cocktails. This is Greenhouse Canteen’s first location in the U.S. and fourth overall.

A new Black-owned grocery called Culture Market is helping to fill a food desert on the city’s East Side. Culture Market opened last week at 2915 E. Fifth Ave., providing a welcome resource for meats, produce, snacks, dry goods and more.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing (215 N. Fourth St.) reopens its dining room on Thursday, marking the restaurant’s second effort at indoor dining since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Recently, Wolf’s Ridge has welcomed diners to a new outdoor dining space on Hickory Street, but the arrival of colder weather is prompting a move indoors. A new fall menu is being released in tandem with the reopening. Wolf’s Ridge, which celebrates its seventh anniversary this month, will open for indoor dining from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Read an interview with Wolf’s Ridge co-founder Bob Szuter about his decision to reopen for dine-in.

Columbus’ own Zen Bee Meadery took home this year’s top prize in the National Honey Board’s second annual Mead Crafters Competition, which included more than 300 entries from commercial meaderies around the U.S. Zen Bee’s gold medal-winning mead, Mara Ume, was inspired by Japanese plum wine. “It’s a bit surreal,” said Dan DeMura, owner and founder of Zen Bee Meadery, in a press release. “I’ve always said my philosophy in making mead is to simply make what I like to drink and hopefully other people will like it too. I guess we’re doing something right.”

Events

Watershed Distillery is hosting a socially distanced, outdoor Garage Sale on Saturday, Oct. 17. The bottle sale event will feature the sale of limited-run and single-barrel spirits not available in retail stores, including Leveque Bourbon Barrel Gin, Rye River Social Single Barrel Bourbon and others. Delivery-only cookie company Lion Cub's Cookies will also be on hand selling its Bourbon Pecan Cookies, a new collaboration with Watershed. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1145 Chesapeake Ave.

Closings

Brazenhead Irish Pub (1027 W. Fifth Ave.) in Fifth by Northwest appears to have succumbed to the pandemic. An auction of the restaurant’s assets began this week, the pub is listed as permanently closed on Facebook and the phone has been disconnected. Brazenhead’s only other location, in Dublin, closed in January and has since been replaced by North High Brewing.