Food News: Dough Mama South closes; Watershed Kitchen & Bar to reopen

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

Erin Edwards
After opening last August, Dough Mama's location in the Brewery District has closed.

Openings & Announcements 

Executive chef Jack Moore of Watershed Kitchen & Bar (1145 Chesapeake Ave.) is in the process of reopening the distillery restaurant, which has remained closed for more than a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview last week, Moore said he plans to reopen the Grandview area restaurant and bar in June, before the first day of summer. In the wake of the restaurant shutdown in March 2020, Moore turned the Watershed kitchen into a commissary for feeding laid off staff members. He kept the kitchen open for several weeks until the food ran out. During his time away, Moore launched his own brand of hot sauce: Black Cap Hot Sauce. You can find Black Cap at Watershed’s bottle shop, Coastal Local Seafood in the North Market and at The Bottle Shop. 

A new business called Blended and Blessed opened Saturday at 214 Thurman Ave., formerly Native Cold Pressed. Founded by Ohio State student Camryn Analise, the new shop sells shakes, tea drinks and protein-packed coffees. The Lantern has more details here

Law Bird’s popular grab-and-go wine and cocktail shop, a pandemic shift that helped keep the business afloat, has shut down so that the space can transition back into a bar. Customers can still order to-go cocktails and wine online, however. Owners Annie Williams Pierce and Luke Pierce said recently that they plan to reopen the grab-and-go shop as a stand-alone business once they find a location. Starting this week, Law Bird (740 S. High St.) will commence with several reservation-only events, beginning with Star Wars Week. Customers can make reservations at lawbirdbar.com in 1.5-hour increments. 

Shake Shack is adding a third Central Ohio location, this one a drive-thru restaurant at 1370 Polaris Parkway, according to Columbus Business First. The Danny Meyer-owned burger joint already has two Central Ohio locations in the Short North and Easton. 

Black Box Fix, a Cleveland-based gourmet sandwich spot, opened over the weekend at 4037 Fenlon St., next to American Girl at Easton Town Center. 

Closings 

Dough Mama’s Brewery District location shuttered for good on Sunday. In a social media post last week, owner Perrie Wilkof announced her decision to shut down the location, which opened last August at 730 S. High St. Wilkof said she plans to pursue a master's degree at Ohio State, and decided that running two locations would not be feasible. Wilkof’s flagship bakery and café in Clintonville remains open at 3335 N. High St. It will resume dine-in service on Saturday, May 8.  

The British restaurant and pub Geordie's is set to close on May 31 at 1584 S. High St. The restaurant's owners, Glen and Clint Hall-Jones, made the announcement Monday in a Facebook post. In the announcement, the owners cited "changes intended for the space we occupy in Merion Village and the ongoing industry-wide staff shortages." (Just as diners have begun to venture out again, restaurants and bars around the country are struggling to fill positions.) Known for its fish and chips and traditional English breakfasts, the British pub first opened in May 2019 and was named one of the city's Best New Restaurants by Columbus Monthly the following February. During his career before Geordie's, which refers to the people and the dialect from Tyneside in northeastern England, chef Glen Hall-Jones spent five years as a "roadie" catering for the likes of the Rolling Stones, Elton John and other stars. 

After 30 years in business, Tee Jaye’s Country Place closed Friday at 4910 N. High St. in Clintonville to make way for a Chick-fil-A.