The latest updates from the bar and restaurant scenes

Closings

The Sycamore in German Village and Cosecha Cocina in Italian Village, both part of the Grow Restaurants family, are the latest economic victims of the coronavirus pandemic. Owner Chris Crader has permanently shuttered both eateries to better focus on his restaurant group’s original brand, Harvest Pizzeria, according to ColumbusUnderground.com.

Similarly, Florida-based chain Miller’s Ale House has closed both of its Central Ohio locations amid the coronavirus crisis. A location at 1201 Olentangy River Rd. near the Ohio State campus first opened in 2013, followed by another last year at 3884 Morse Rd. near Easton Town Center.

Flowers & Bread in Clintonville announced this week that it is closing the cafe portion of the business. Both floral and bread-making classes will continue. The Flowers & Bread owners hinted that breads and pastries will return in some form at a future date. (Read more at Columbus CEO)

Openings

New vendors have opened inside of the Center Street Market in Old Hilliard. Crooked Can Brewing opened its taproom and patio. Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops started serving this week, while The Cheesecake Girl began offering cheesecake, cookie sandwiches and other treats. Seattle-based Dumplings of Fury opened last week, serving dumplings, bao, wings and rice bowls.

A new fast-casual Somali restaurant called Afra Grill is set to open June 1 at 1635 Morse Rd. Afra Grill’s menu lets customers build their own meals from bases of rice, flatbreads or salad, then adding proteins, hot and cold toppings, and sauces.

Reopenings

Tuula European Café permanently closed its retail storefront at 3856 Hard Rd. in Dublin back in March, but recently started taking wholesale orders again.

As we shared last week, Rye River Social, a gastropub from the owners of The Pint Room and The Half Pint, is set to open on Monday, June 1. The cafe will initially serve coffee and pastries from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through June 6, with dinner reservations opening on June 8.

The number of restaurants reopening for dining is too long to list. New additions include both locations of Hang Over Easy, Barley’s Brewing Co., all three locations of Jack & Benny’s Diner and Transcend Coffee + Roastery in Grove City. The Walrus and Pistacia Vera are set to reopen June 1, while The Whitney House will open June 2.

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